7 Reasons To Stay At Cabana Bay Beach Resort At Universal Studios Orlando

Universal Orlando has always had fantastic resorts with beautiful properties like the Royal Pacific and Portifino Bay Hotel. But the luxurious amenities and proximity to the parks came with a hefty price tag. With the opening of Universal Orlando’s newest resort, Cabana Bay, guests now have an affordable option with all of the pizazz you would expect from a Universal resort. When you drive up to the Cabana Bay Beach Resort you are immediately transported back in time to the 1960s. When what is now retro was totally in vogue. Life was swell and Americana was a way of life.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
While Cabana Bay is classified as a “budget resort,” nothing about this place feels “budget” – except the bill at check out! Every detail of Cabana Bay was considered, and for a family visiting Universal Studios this should be your choice of places to stay. Heck, for the price it makes a fantastic staycation for us locals too – even if you never leave the Cabana Bay property.

7 Reasons to stay at Cabana Bay

It’s Groovy Baby! Neon lights, pops of color and everything mod – from the lobby to the guest rooms every piece looks like it could have been taken straight out of the sixties. Fun and funky everywhere you look, sans the looks that should stay in the sixties like shag carpets. (Thank goodness.)

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Lobby
Make a Splash. Need a day to unwind after hitting the parks? Spend the day poolside in the most happening pool are around. Flanked by private cabanas, the center piece of the 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool is a far-out water slide. And for the little ones, there is a splash pad that is sure to keep tots happy. And as an added bonus, it is heated!

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Cabana Bay Orlando Splash Pool
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Pool
Grab a Cup o’ Joe. In addition to the restaurants on property, Cabana Bay hosts its very own Starbucks. Not just any Starbucks, this outta sight retreat has larger-than life mermaid murals and is just plain cool. Even if you aren’t jonesing for some caffeine, you have to stop by to look around.

Cabana Bay Orlando Starbucks
Strrrrike! After a day of fun in the sun, tap into the family’s competitive side with a game of bowling. The 10 lanes at Galaxy Bowl are just right for some family fun. Next door you’ll find more fun at Game-O-Rama, which is stocked with latest high-tech arcade games and a few old school classics like Skee-Ball.

Cabana Bay Bowling Universal Orlando
Lots of Good Eats. In addition to four restaurants and three lounges (plus a Starbucks) at Cabana Bay, don’t miss the food trucks and ice cream trucks that make regular stops by the pool. There is no shortage of good eats at Cabana Bay. Tip – grab a Sonic Fill cup and enjoy the first drink refill program at Universal Orlando.

Cabana Bay Orlando Bayliner Diner
Sleep in Style. Want to hear something sweet? Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort features 1,800 rooms – 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms. Family suites sleep six with a kitchenette and pull-out couch on the other side of a room divider. And even the toiletries have sixties style, on the bathroom counter you will find VO5 and Zest. Oh, and another perk in the family suites — a split bathroom with a toilet room separate from the shower. 

Cabana Bay Family Suite Orlando
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Cabana Bay Orlando Family Suite
Let’s Talk Budget. So how much does a room at Cabana Bay cost? Rates for the family suites begin at $174 per-night, and can run as low as $134 per-night depending on the length of stay. Rates for the standard guest rooms – which will be available this summer – begin at $119 per night, and can run as low as $93 per-night depending on the length of stay. Yes, as low as $93 per night!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Park Orlando
Cabana Bay Beach Resort is now open with the second half of the resort set to open in June 2014. The second phase of Cabana Bay will include even more incredible amenities, including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando’s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suites and value-priced standard guest rooms. When complete, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will feature a total of 1,800 rooms – 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms.  If you are visiting Universal Orlando, book a stay at Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort Orlando


  1. michelle oakley warner says:

    that is awesome i have been kind of thinking of planning some kind of stay cation and that would be perfect and its not to far from home. Thanks for all the great pictures i love the 60’s theme of the whole place and the pool wow, its so big the ice cream truck drives by it often, wow. lol. awesome, i will be checking it out, thanks for a great review

  2. Lindsey says:

    That pool looks like paradise!

  3. Ingrid p. says:

    This looks like a super hip resort. My kids are the perfect age for a staycation. They would love this super cool pool!

  4. courtney b says:

    wow you dont need to give me a reason, i would die to go there, but reasons 3 and 4 are my favorite. My kids would love all of it!

  5. I am also in the market for a family resort when we return to Orlando, I am not sure Cabana Bay is for us. After reading tons of reviews on TripAdvisor, Cabana Bay seems like they have it all, everything costs money (lots of reviews about how spendy the bowling is) and the food is not that great. I do love the look of the hotel and the pool and slide do look amazing. I am hard pressed to be the family staying there.

    • There are always going to be extras a a budget hotel because only the basics are included. But the rooms are FANTASTIC and the things that are included (like the pool) are wonderful. Honestly, I didn’t bowl while I was there so I have no idea how much it cost. But the food was fine. It isn’t a 5-star restaurant, but for quick food while on vacation it was good. If you want to stay in the Universal area, you can’t beat Cabana Bay for the price. If you want luxury, my pick is The Portifino Bay resort 😉

  6. Deanna Bridges says:

    Just booked a week at this resort for summer vacation! It has gotten great reviews . And rates for longer stays are terrific.

  7. Just booked our stay for December and we are PUMPED! 4 kids makes it hard to find accommodations at so many resorts but this resort will fit our family well!! And the price- CANNOT Beat it! They gave us amazing deals on park perks and admission as well!!

  8. Is there room in the family suite to store luggage and to put our clothes in drawers? Based on the pictures I am seeing, I am concerned that we may be walking on suitcases. Any idea?

    • There are some drawers for clothes and shelves for clothes/things. (Just the 2 drawers in the unit shown by the couch, as I recall.) There is space under the bathroom counter (which is separate from both the toilet and shower) for a small suitcase, but there isn’t really a good place for luggage. We ended up putting ours behind the chairs in the sitting area so it wasn’t a problem. But we weren’t there long or with huge bags.

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