Natalie H. (NDM#268) (56 Posts)

Natalie grew up in Nashville, TN. Married with one son, she lives on a farm. As if this weren't enough to keep her on her toes, Natalie also works around the clock due to being self-employed . Natalie often travels to both Walt Disney World and Disneyland, giving her a vast knowledge of the Disney Resorts which she shares in her posts on The Disney Driven Life. She loves the research on the resorts and appreciates input for these articles as well. In recent trips, Natalie has begun making a habit of meeting people while in the parks. This habit inspired her personal website, Meet the Magic, This site helps her connect to others as well as hold space for Disney fans to post information about their Disney related sites. Her goal with this venture is to help people to "Meet the Magic" of their choice.

You will recall in Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort: Review Part 1 and 2 that my family decided to stay at this resort for our third time.  We had checked in at the resort and were staying in the “Nemo” themed room in the Barbados section.  We had noticed that the room had some condensation issues, but were more worried about our son who had become quite ill during our visit.  We had carefully watched him for 2 days in the hotel room with him only getting more sick.  In the end, we had called 911 to assist.  Now, off to the ER…

My son was admitted and took many tests.  After 4 hours of my son asking to return to our Resort, we heard that he had severe Bronchitis.  The doctor asked if he has been around smoke or damp spaces.  I told him about our room and the condensation found on the walls and windows.  He insisted that we move from this room to a dry room at the Resort.  We used the cab service and got back to our room at 2 AM after getting my son’s medication.  Overly tired, we called the front desk and requested a room change.  We were on the phone with at least 3 cast members over various phone calls, and then finally spoke with the manager on duty.  The phone conversations took nearly 45 minutes, but we were eventually accommodated and even reimbursed for the cab fee.

After getting our approval for the room change, we were told we would be picked up in 10 minutes by a cast member who would take us to our new room.  We packed quicker than I could have ever imagined possible, then headed for our new room.  We were delighted after the evening we had had to see that we had been placed in the newly themed pirate room!  But to be honest, at nearly 4 AM, my husband and I said “cool”, then hit the sack!

When I woke, I was a bit nervous that my “Nemo” loving son would not like the new pirate theme.  My son woke up and looked around the room with confusion then with complete delight!  He started walking around the room looking at the pirate cross-bone curtain, boat-shaped beds, crate drawers, and hidden barrel refrigerator.  Nemo, what Nemo?  These rooms are so nice and new!  No condensation here, I checked!  The carpet, curtains and bedspreads are crispy new.  All three of us were completely enthralled with the room and were in love!

We were able to stay here in the pirate themed room at no additional cost for the remaining two nights of our stay there.  These rooms typically run $30 more per night than the standard “Nemo” themed rooms.  You will find that these rooms are located in the Trinidad section of the Resort.  My understanding is that Disney had many customers that did not want to stay in the remote Trinidad South areas.  In response, they created the exciting pirate themed rooms only available in that area.

In the end, we were pleased with our stay in the pirate themed rooms at the Caribbean Beach.  We are still very skeptical of staying in the “Nemo” themed rooms, but only because of personal issues from this trip.  While I have not had the opportunity to stay at this Resort since this trip, my son says we will definitely be getting the pirate themed rooms on our next visit to the Resort!

Contributed by: Natalie H. Natalie is the Disney Driven Life’s resident resort expert.

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