The Caribbean Resort is going to be AMAZING! A new central building that will include the check in desk, waterfront dining and shopping. A moderate priced DVC (Disney Vacation Club, like a timeshare) resort and the new Disney Skyliner- connecting the resort to Epcot and Hollywood Studios by an air gondola! Add to that the best pool in a modern resort and a great theme it will be back to being my favorite moderate resort. But right now it is experiencing some growing pains!
Construction is not a new thing at a Disney resort, and usually they do an amazing job at hiding all of the extra pixie dust. This job is just too big to be concealed.
My family has stayed in a resort with construction and had very little disruption. We actually loved it because there were fewer guests, a discount on the room and a free gift! However, the Caribbean is overhauling just about everything AND adding a Skyliner stop.
During construction the Port Royale, where the food court, gift shop, arcade and concierge are is closed. There is a food truck, a merchandise truck for essentials, an air-conditioned tent with a buffet for all 3 meals and 3 rooms set up as snack bars. The pool is open, but with all of the construction it is not very peaceful. The pool bar is a walk up trailer and there are fences, cranes and noise in every corner detracting from the view.
What Does This Mean?
So, with all of that going on sadly I need to update to my comments in "Mouse Ears for Everyone: A Guide to Walt Disney World for Guests with Special Needs". Until this project is at least mostly completed I can't recommend the Caribbean Resort. If you do decide to stay there (there are probably some good deals right now) then do NOT ask for Martinique. What was once our favorite area is now in the middle of all the construction activity. You are better off in Trinidad North for convenience, although it is a hike to the pool.
Timing- Disney no longer has a published end date for this project. My educated guess is it won't be ready until early 2019 in time for all of the traffic the opening of Galaxy's Edge (Star Wars Land) will bring.
The Good News
If you find a deal that is hard to resist, there is some good news. The noise is only during the day, food trucks can be fun, Disney has added extra entertainment in the pool area including live music and character visits, and there are fewer guests on the busses or in the pool right now!
Also- they moved the really cute, small Murphy beds to most of the available rooms. It should be pretty easy to get a room that sleeps 5, as long as the 5th person is pretty small.
Until we meet again...at the Caribbean in 2019