PHOTOS: Demolition Begins at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort


While the spotlight sits squarely on Coronado Springs (with its official 15-story tower on the way), Disney’s Caribbean Beach is receiving a major transformation as well. Rumor is, Caribbean Beach will soon be home to a 10-story tower complete with over 600 DVC guest rooms. Since May 1st, work has been underway on a dramatic expansion project Disney has said very little about. Thankfully, we’ve learned a bit more this week, as we’ve just received some exclusive photos as demolition begins at Disney’s Caribbean Beach!

A view of the fenced off demolition area (near the Barbados cabanas) as work gets started on the Disney’s Caribbean Beach expansion project.

Façade demolition is ongoing in the Barbados block of cabanas.

The guest rooms in this area of Barbados have been gutted.

As you can see to the right of the picture, this cabana (believed to be Cabana 13 or 14) has already been bulldozed.

Among the many construction vehicles sits the first pile of once-cabana rubble (soon to be one of many).

So, why are all of these cabanas being demolished? What is all of this area being cleared for? According to Disney,

Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort will be reimagined with new additions to the resort’s current marketplace, Centertown, including new waterfront dining and retail shopping areas. This centralized location will offer the resort’s guests more convenient access to services, amenities and dining.

A few months back a permit was discovered outlining the “centralized location” Disney briefly touches on here, what we are presuming to be the 10-story tower. Additionally in this permit you can see the dramatic transformation to Old Port Royale Centertown, as well 2 buildings that should become part of the new gondola infrastructure.

Disney's Caribbean Beach Expansion Permit

So there’s the latest from Disney’s Caribbean Beach! Shoutout to Tony for sending in those amazing demolition photos. We’ll have more from Caribbean Beach next episode on The Magic Weekly, including some shots of the temporary dining areas as work gets underway on transforming Old Port Royale Centertown. Thanks for Reading, Have A Magical Day!

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Great photos. Now why don’t they clean up River County??