Disney Resort Pools: Caribbean Beach

Although we have now been to Disney three times, we have only stayed at two resorts. For our first trip we knew we wanted to stay at a moderate resort. We wanted something a bit “more” than a value resort, (perhaps originally thinking “if we are going to do this once, we’ll spend the extra money”. Little did we know…) but a deluxe resort was definitely out of our price range. So our choices were between Caribbean Beach Resort, Coronado Springs and Port Orleans. We decided on Caribbean Beach mostly because of the pool…

So doesn’t it just figure that for our first trip the main pool at Caribbean Beach was closed for complete renovation? Thankfully, the kids didn’t seem to care much, the other pools were open and to them just the fact that they were swimming in Disney was awesome. But when it came time to plan the second trip, the kids knew they wanted to return to C.B. to experience the new pool having been enticed by the pictures posted on the construction walls.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Main Pool

Disney's Caribbean Beach Main Pool

Well, the new pool is amazing. It is very large with the deepest area being just over 4 feet (perfect for my kids who aren’t the greatest swimmers). There is a small slide at the shallower end, a larger tunnel slide at the deeper end and a zero-depth-entry area.  The whole area has a dilapidated Spanish style fort theme with turrets, bridges and cannons that spill water. Next to, but separate from, the main pool is a kiddie area themed around a pirate ship with more slides, a dump bucket and water cannons. There are also 2 large Jacuzzi type pools in the main pool area, they would each fit about 8 to 10 people.  There is plenty of chaise and table seating, even during the busy July season, we were able to find open chairs.  The pools are open 24 hours.  The main pool does have lifeguards and their schedules vary by season.  When the lifeguards go off duty the water slides close.  The other “quiet” pools in the resort don’t seem to have lifeguards.  Towels are available, so you don’t have to bring your own (or use your room towels) and there are adjacent  showers and bathrooms.  Having yet to experience many other of the Disney resort pools, I’m not sure how this one ranks in Disney standards.  But when you have a tough time getting your kids out of the pool to go watch fireworks at Magic Kingdom, I think that says a lot!

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