Now that we’re into 2019, the newly refurbished Caribbean Beach Resort at Walt Disney World is attracting plenty of new guests who may have been hesitant to stay while the restaurants were closed and the main building, Old Port Royale, was undergoing renovation.
The rooms at Caribbean Beach have always been a favorite of ours, especially my wife, so on a recent trip to Florida I decided to visit the resort to check out the new Old Port Royale, Banana Cabana, and the new table-service restaurant called Sebastian’s Bistro.
If you’re a fan of the flavors of the islands, this may be a great dinner for you to book using the Disney Dining Plan: several sustainable fish options, great sauces and spicy sweet dips, skirt steak, slow-cooked goat, and wings.
Yes, wings, Jerk-Marinated all day and grilled taste for an excellent char. I’m no wing connoisseur but I know what I like. A big meaty wing, a charred flavor instead of a deep-fried mush, and plenty of ‘zing’. These have it. The appetizer portion includes 6 wings and that would have been enough for me for dinner. The Cilantro-Limo crema sauce is a nice side that takes it up a notch from your typical ranch and bleu cheese.
The Jamaican Meat Pies were interesting. If you’ve had an empanada, just imagine it filled with jerk flavored steak instead of Mexican spiced ground beef. They were big, but it was a little bit crusty for me but I would take the Guajillo Chili Sauce on just about any food!
It wouldn’t be the Caribbean without a full page of specialty cocktails featuring rum. Your server can guide you through the menu, especially if it’s Chris from Missouri, he was great! Never would I have thought about rum and gin in the same drink, but the Gold Medallion delivered.
Now let’s move onto the all-important dessert that’s part of your Disney Dining Plan. My waiter Chris ran through a couple of options, but I’ll admit that I stopped listening after the Taste Of The Keys…they’re key lime “ice pops”. Picture a cake pop, he said, key lime, frozen, dipped in dark chocolate. Sold! I didn’t need both of them, but who am I to not clean my plate?
Elsewhere at Disney’s Caribbean Beach, the Banana Cabana outdoor bar next to Sebastian’s has the perfect location overlooking the water and pool with rope swing seating and steel drum lighting. The new lobby is quaint and refreshed. The Quick Service dining, Centertown Market is laid out well, I love that all of the ordering is done up front, then you can pick up your food from the individual stations, THIS is the way to do Quick Service…just like they do in the parks.
Skyliner construction continues but it’s anything but intrusive to the resort and when it’s up and running later in 2019, it will be an excellent option to get to Hollywood Studios and Epcot directly from the Caribbean Beach Resort.
Pete Herrick has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2013 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over 30 times and takes every chance to travel to just about any fun location in the world. He and his wife Tessa live at Lake Norman near Charlotte NC. Find him on social media @peteherrick (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)