Construction at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort is moving along at a quick pace. Since my last update, there has been progress in Centertown, the Disney Skyliner and the Riviera Resort. I take an in depth look through the islands and answer all kinds of great questions.
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Here is what’s currently happening at the resort.
- Old Port Royale (Centertown) is moving along at a rapid pace. It looks like they are working on the interior as well as the exterior. The new area will contain eating facilities, shopping and the main lobby and registration area. The Custom House, which is the current registration area will be moved to this new centralized area.
- The current entrance to the Caribbean Beach will close once construction is finished. The new entrance will run off of Victory Way, which is where the Art of Animation and Pop Century are located.
- Disney’s Riviera Resort has most of the exterior walls in place and looks to have heavy construction taking place inside.
- The Disney Skyliner towers are now all in place. The Jamaica towers are complete (aside from cosmetics). Aruba still has construction fencing up, but the towers are near completion. Both the Caribbean and Riviera transfer stations are taking shape and moving along quickly.
Centertown looks to be on track for a late fall opening. It will contain the new Shutters Restaurant, Banana Cabana Bar, new lobby area and shopping.
Here is some concept art for the new Centertown entrance and Shutters restaurant.
Aruba and Martinique are close to the Riviera construction area. Construction noise can be heard during work hours. The two skyliner towers in Aruba still have construction fencing surrounding the work area.
Jamaica looks to be through it’s main construction phase. The fencing around the skyliner towers is down. All that should be left is landscaping. I really hope they eventually paint the towers as well to blend into the island color scheme. Nothing has been officially announced.
The Skyliner towers are all in place and both transfer stations are rapidly going up. The Caribbean Beach station will be the largest out of all the transfer stations. It will consist of two opposite tracks, one moving north and south between the Art of Animation / Pop Century station and the Riviera station and the other moving east and west heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
The Disney Riviera Resort station is finally starting to build up from the foundation. Guests will travel from this point on to Epcot.
Here is the concept art for the skyliner approach to the Caribbean Station as well as how that new station will look. I think it blends in perfectly with the Caribbean theme.
The current entrance for the Caribbean Beach will be converted into the new Riviera Resort entrance. The new Caribbean entrance will now run off of Victory way, which is where Pop Century and the Art of Animation is located.
The exterior walls are all near completion at Disney’s Riviera Resort. It will look beautiful from the bay at the Caribbean Beach Resort. The new resort is moving along quickly and is scheduled to open in Fall 2019.
Below is a picture from May 2018, you can see how much progress has been done on the exterior.
Disney has utilized various corner rooms at the Caribbean Beach to accommodate some quick service options. You can find a variety of drinks and snacks without having to walk a great distance around the resort.
Progress is definitely being made at the Caribbean Beach Resort. Centertown construction is still on track for a late fall completion (end of October / early November). The Disney Skyliner and Riviera Resort are both set for 2019.
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