Disney’s Caribbean Beach Expansion Rumor Tracker

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    Disney is currently working on an expansion to the Caribbean Beach Resort that includes 7 new buildings under the project name, “Project 88”. Work is expected to begin in May 2017 and be completed by 2019. Disney has confirmed that this will see the addition of new waterfront dining and shopping areas in the Centertown marketplace.

    Remaining changes debuted on October 8, 2018. Changes include the following:

    Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined as the port of entry where guests will check in before embarking on their island vacation. This centralized location will offer resort guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining, including an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, an all-new Sebastian’s Bistro restaurant offering waterfront dining adjacent to the new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

    Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a quick-service restaurant with an indoor street market vibe. Guests will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for a specialty coffee and quick bites.

    Sebastian’s Bistro will replace Shutters – Inspired by Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid, the menu will blend Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients. Opens October 8, 2018.

    A festive poolside bar, Banana Cabana will be a great place to gather for food and drinks, immersing guests into the fun and relaxation of island life. Cabana-style drapes will flank seating areas and re-purposed steel drums will illuminate a central communal table made from a wooden boat.

    The Spyglass Grill officially opened on March 19, 2018. The quick service location is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a selection of American foods infused with classic Caribbean flavors.

    Additional speculation is that the Martinique and Barbados sections of the resort will be removed and replaced with new buildings. On October 8, 2018, Trinidad South and Trinidad North were renamed to Trinidad and Barbados respectively.

    Adjacent to the changes at Caribbean Beach will be a new Disney Vacation Club resort called the Disney Riviera Resort. Our full rumor tracker for that can be found here.

    RUMOR TIMELINE

    October 8, 2018: Beginning today, a new lobby, restaurants and amenities debut at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Inside Old Port Royale, guests will experience a new port of entry that features an open-trussed roof and other upgrades.

    Guests will find the Calypso Trading Post, Banana Cabana, Sebastian’s Bistro and Centertown Market.

    From the Disney Parks Blog:

    • Sebastian’s Bistro is a Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant featuring warm island hospitality and waterfront views. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped into a tropical beachfront home offering tantalizing Latin and Caribbean flavors. Highlights include a skirt steak “chimichurri,” sauteed shrimp and tamales, a crispy avocado-and-bacon burger and much more.
    • Centertown Market is a fast-casual indoor street market where you’ll find a diverse menu of family-friendly fare. Made-to-order bowls with Latin- and Caribbean-inspired flavors allow you to choose a base, protein and sauce to create your own favorite dish.
    • Banana Cabana is a festive pool-side bar that’s always on “island time.” Here you’ll relax in Caribbean style with exclusive cocktails and non-alcoholic specialty drinks. (Ask about the Tropical Paradise!)

    October 2, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog announced that reservations are now open for Sebastian’s Bistro at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort for bookings beginning October 8th.

    WDWMagic.com is also reporting that the updated port of entry (Old Port Royale) is expected to debut October 8th as well as many areas inside.

    This area will include the Centertown Market quick service, Sebastian’s Bistro table service, Banana Cabana bar and the Calypso Trading Post retail location. Island names will change as well with Trinidad South being renamed to Trinidad and Trinidad North being renamed to Barbados.

    Also on October 8th, the Buena Vista Drive entrance to the resort will close and the new entrance on Victory Way (near Art of Animation) will open for cars and busses.

    The pickup and drop off for Disney’s Magical Express and the Disney Cruise Line will also be relocated to Old Port Royale on October 8th.

    September 18, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog shared details and photos of some of the menu offerings at the new locations.

    Centertown Market

    • Island bowls with a customized choice of base, protein and sauce. Breakfast bowls have an option for what type of egg you prefer as well (scrambled, poached, or tofu scramble). Bases include red beans and rice (all day), home fries (breakfast), greens (dinner). Proteins include rotisserie beef, bacon, chorizo, or plant-based sausage for breakfast and rotisserie beef, pork shoulder, banana leaf-wrapped fish, jerk chicken thighs, or vegan chipotle seiten for dinner. Breakfast sauce options include salsa verde or pico de gallo, while the dinner sauces include chimichurri, garlic ranch, or spicy pink sauce.
    • Breakfast Items
      • Eggs Benedict
      • All American Breakfast Platter with eggs, home fries, sausage, bacon, and toast
      • Coconut Waffles with fresh fruit
      • Banana Pancakes topped with granola and pineapple chunks and served with sausage and maple syrup
    • Dinner Items
      • Fresh salads
      • Sicilian-style pizza
      • Pasta dishes
      • Variety of sandwiches and burgers
    • Desserts
      • Tropical Tart with key lime, mango, and passion fruit curd with Chantilly
      • Chocolate Creme Tart with chocolate cake, coffee Chantilly, and caramel crispies
    • Child Menu
      • Pirate Mickey Waffles and French Toast for breakfast
      • Chicken Breast Nuggets, Tacos, and Grilled Cheese for dinner
      • Egg Popper for breakfast (a hard-boiled egg pop with green pirate juice, roasted pineapple, and bacon)
      • Beef and Mushroom-blended Cheeseburger for dinner (with “cauli” fries, orange sauce, and a mini “build-your-own” Island Bowl)
    • Coca-Cola Freestyle Machines
    • Coffee & Teas

    Banana Cabana

    • Pink Guava Colada featuring rum, guava puree, pineapple juice, and cream of coconut
    • Kraken Punch with spiced rum, blood orange sour, and pomegranate and orange juices
    • Caribbean beers will also be available
    • Variety of craft and traditional beers
    • Premium white and red wines on tap
    • Tropical Paradise, a fruity blend of pineapple coconut, cinnamon, and lime dusted with nutmeg (non-alcoholic)

    Both locations are set to open in late Fall 2018.

    September 10, 2018: BlogMickey.com is reporting the menu and pricing for Centertown Market at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

    September 4, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog posted photos of some of the detail work going into the new Centertown Market area.

    August 15, 2018: The Disney Parks Blog shared details and concept art of the new restaurant offerings coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort during the expansion project.

    • Sebastian’s Bistro will replace Shutters – Inspired by Sebastian the crab from The Little Mermaid, the menu will blend Latin and Caribbean flavors from market-fresh ingredients.The marquee will be blue shiplap with the entire decor inspired by the soft colors of the Caribbean.
    • Centertown Market is the previously announced quick service location that will feature an indoor street market atmosphere. Per the blog, guests will enter “under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing, colored light pendants made from glass bottles.” The location will have grab and go options for coffee and quick bites.

    March 19, 2018: Spyglass Grill at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is now officially open to guests. The quick service location is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, with a selection of American foods infused with classic Caribbean flavors.

    December 6, 2017: As part of the 12 days of Disney Parks Christmas promotion, the Disney Parks Blog shared details on some of the upcoming changes coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.

    The resort is undergoing an expansion, and a preview center within the resort showcases concept art of the new areas.

    Details from the Disney Parks Blog on these changes are as follows:

    Old Port Royale at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined as the port of entry where guests will check in before embarking on their island vacation. This centralized location will offer resort guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining, including an all-new Centertown Market for casual eats, an all-new Shutters restaurant offering waterfront dining adjacent to the new Banana Cabana outdoor bar and lounge, and Calypso Trading Post for shopping.

    Centertown Market will be expanded and enclosed, creating a quick-service restaurant with an indoor street market vibe. Guests will enter the space under a large palapa-like structure, accented with glowing colored light pendants made from glass bottles. The market will feature open shutters, wooden light posts, awnings, ornamentation and unique seating areas. Guests will also have access to the Grab n’ Go market for a specialty coffee and quick bites.

    Shutters, a Caribbean-inspired table-service restaurant, will be located on the waterfront of Old Port Royale, transporting guests to a beachfront home in the tropical islands. Large open shutters will allow the sun to cast a warm light into the space adorned with handmade items that appear as they’ve been found on the islands. Leaves and floral design motifs will fill the space, celebrating the natural beauty of the Caribbean.

    A festive poolside bar, Banana Cabana will be a great place to gather for food and drinks, immersing guests into the fun and relaxation of island life. Cabana-style drapes will flank seating areas and re-purposed steel drums will illuminate a central communal table made from a wooden boat.

    November 28, 2017: WDWNT.com is reporting that as part of the Caribbean Beach expansion, a new counter service location called Spy Glass Grille is set to open in early 2018.

    Details on the Spy Glass Grille are limited but the rumored location is between the pool and the beach at Trinidad South.

    July 15, 2017: At the 2017 D23 Expo, Disney officially announced the Disney Riviera Resort. It will be the 15th Disney Vacation Club Resort and be built adjacent to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. Access to the Disney Skyliner system will also be available.

    June 27, 2017: BlogMickey.com posted a construction update for the Caribbean Beach Resort.

    March 7, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that Disney has filed permits today for the demolition of 14 buildings along Sea Breeze Dr. and Cayman Way. The belief is that this permit is for the 12 guest buildings in the Barbadas and Martinique sections of the resort as well as the two pools.

    February 24, 2017: WDWMagic.com is reporting some of the operational changes that will come to Disney’s Caribbean Beach while the expansion of the resort is taking place.

    • The Martinique and Barbados islands will become unavailable beginning May 2017.
    • Old Port Royale Food Court, Shutters at Old Port Royale and Banana Cabana Pool Bar will close beginning May 2017 and temporary food offerings will be available
    • Disney will offer guests a $25 gift card for each night of their stay.

    February 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that the Caribbean Beach will be contracted and a DVC with a different theme will be constructed on the same land.

    February 16, 2017: TouringPlans.com posted a blueprint of the expanded area but since removed the photo. The photo was reposted by WDWMagic.com user Rteetz.

    February 16, 2017: The Disney Parks Blog officially confirmed the expansion to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. The Centertown marketplace will see the addition of new waterfront dining and shopping areas.

    The announcement did not specify the addition of any new rooms to this resort, nor did it mention that these changes would incorporate the Disney Vacation Club, or the rumored Gondolas coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort and surrounding areas.

    February 13, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 has posted photos from modified permits that Disney filed with the South Florida Water Management district. The photos show changes to construction staging areas as well as modifications to bodies of water and constructions of new buildings. One particular building location is along the water next to the entrance to Hollywood Studios.

    It is unknown what this building will be, whether or not it will be a fully enclosed structure or be something that will change the guest experience in any way. Speculation is that it could be related to the construction at the Caribbean Beach Resort and would potentially be a transportation station.

    February 1, 2017: On Episode 120 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Disn Podcast with Jim Hill, Jim referred to the Caribbean Beach project as likely being DVC. He also mentioned that one of the new towers built as part of this project would likely offer viewing of the, “50th Anniversary version of Illuminations”. Jim referenced the Top of the World lounge at the Contemporary, but did state that the exact form of the viewing area is unknown. The view into the park would be between the Italy and American Adventure Pavilions.

    January 18, 2017: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 is reporting that Disney has filed permits with the South Florida Water Management District for “Project 88” at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The image below was modified by danlb_2000 to show the locations of 7 new buildings being constructed as part of this project (circled in red). Other changes include:

    • A new storm water retention pond in the South East area of the resort.
    • Modifications to Cherlonia Parkway where it meets Buena Vista Drive so it no longer lines up with Backstage Lane.
    • Work is expected to begin in 2017 and be completed by 2019.

    October 3, 2016: WDWMagic.com user marni1971 is reporting that the boat connection to Epcot part of this DVC has been scrapped.

    September 9, 2016: WDWMagic.com user RadioHost posted photos of height balloon testing near the Barbados section of the Caribbean Beach resort.

    June 22, 2016: WDWMagic.com user WDW1974 is reporting that plans to convert rooms at the Caribbean Beach Resort to DVC rooms are becoming more concrete.

    December 17, 2014: WDWMagic.com user danlb_2000 has reported that Disney has filed a Notice of Commencement for room refurbishments at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

    August 23, 2014: On Episode 63 of the Unofficial Guide’s Disney Dish Podcast, Len Testa and Jim Hill discuss the history of the Disney Vacation Club and the possibility/plans for a large 7 story tower to be constructed at the Caribbean Beach Resort.

    February 18, 2013: WDWMagic.com user Lee has referenced an additional entrance possibility for Epcot that would connect Caribbean Beach to World Showcase.

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