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Disney files permit to expand Caribbean Beach Resort

New plans have been filed that reveal a large expansion coming to Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort. From my reading of the permit filed it looks like Disney will replace many existing buildings in the Barbados village area of the resort with a single multistory building.

There were height test balloons spotted in late 2016 to test any line-of-sight visual intrusions into Hollywood Studios or EPCOT. This is where the high-rise rumor comes from.

It’s also rumored to be a new DVC property. Once the new villas at Wilderness Lodge are open there are no other DVC projects currently announced, so we’ve been waiting for the announcement of what’s next.

I suspect this new tower will be the first of a complete redevelopment of CBR replacing all the low level bungalows with high rises with a mix of DVC and regular resort rooms.

Disney is desperate for more hotel capacity in the moderate level. Rooms at these rates are pretty much sold out all year long (90% occupancy is effectively sold out since a percentage of rooms are in refurbishment at any time).

Work is expected to begin later this year with an opening date sometime in 2019. Have you stayed at CBR before? What do you think of this big change?