When you enter the Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort you are immediately transported back in time to the 50's. What we loved about the Cabana Bay Beach Resort it that is a value resort with a great theme! It is just like living in the good 'ole days. It was a like a blast into the 50's. I couldn't believe how realistic it was! We also loved the amenities this resort offers at a value price.
Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Value Resort Perfect For Families
The new Universal value resort offers so many amenities. It has several restaurants including the Bayliner Diner, International Station, Deli Station, Pizza Station, Salad Station and Grab and Go, Starbucks and Deliziso Pizza. There is plenty to eat once you arrive. In fact we didn't leave the parking lot once we did. We used the resort transportation to go back and forth to the the City Walk and Park area.
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort also has a Galaxy Bowl Restaurant where you can go bowling. They have a Physical Fitness Studio that is complementary for guests. One of the most amazing features is the pool experience! It is open daily at 8:00 am. They offer two spectacular swimming pools and a nightly movie at sundown. Peyton had a blast playing in the pool and watching a movie after a long day at the park.
The Cabana Courtyard features a 10,000 square foot, zero entry pool, iconic dive tower with waterslide, sand beach, iterative play area, hot tub and the Atomic Pool bar. They offer daily activities such as ping pong, bean bag toss, ladder ball toss, hula hoops, pool tables, sidewalk chalk art, giant Jenga and DJ on Saturday's from 1:00-5:00 pm and Sundays from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm.
They also have a Lazy River Courtyard that features a 9,000 foot zero entry pool, sand beach, lazy river with waterfalls and water canyons for interactive fun. We didn't have time for the boys to check it out but it looked amazing! Another reason for us to have to visit again 🙂
As an on-site hotel guest, you enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter - Diagon Alley in Universal Studios Florida on hour before the theme park opens. This is your best chance to avoid significant wait times due to the popularity of this area. We took advantage ourselves and it was very beneficial! By heading to the park early we were actually able to enjoy The Diagon Alley and then we took the first Hogwarts Express train to Island's of Adventure and rode the Harry Potter and Forbidden Journey attraction.
The resort shuttle bus service is available each morning to help you take advantage of Early Park Admission. All you will need is a hotel room key card for each person in your group along with your theme park ticket to ensure early entry. We were really impressed that we didn't have to wait in the morning for a bus. The ride from the hotel to the park was less than 10 minutes and we only had one long wait and that was at the park at park close. We did find that the bus had a lot of teens so earphones were nice for our boys on the bus rides. We also found the buses stuffy so just be prepared for that.
We stayed in a Courtyard Family Suite. There’s plenty of space for the whole family in the fun themed Family Suite. These retro rooms boast colorful decor, sleeping accommodations for six, two flat screen TV’s, a kitchenette area, and a sliding partition for privacy. The extra-large bathroom features preparation spaces for three people at once, so everyone can get to the park early. We loved the bathroom and privacy feature because both Shelley and I could get ready and the boys could play in the living room while we did. This would be perfect for larger families or a family with teens! Best of all the price is right! This value resort in Orlando, FL is priced for families. Of course the room was clean because it is new but it is roomy and we didn't notice any noise above or beside us which was nice too.
Disclosure: We were provided a Media Rate for our review. All opinions are 100% our own.