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Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is bursting with amenities that could honestly make it the perfect spot for a stay-cation all on its own, but you are also just minutes away from the Universal Orlando Resort theme parks! Universal Resorts are split into four main categories, and this one is classified as a Prime Value hotel, but you get so much bang for your buck here. The retro theme is fun and bright giving major mid-century vibes.  It is fun for kids but sophisticated enough for adults as well.  

Let's start with the rooms.  I adore that you can get family suites here that are affordable and give you a bit of extra space and kitchenette area.  Honestly, just myself and my husband stayed in this larger room and it was wonderful to have the separation to get some work done without disturbing him while he slept in. We also made use of the mini fridge and microwave to have breakfasts in our room throughout the weekend, saving time and money! The variety of rooms includes standard rooms, the family suites (pictured below), interior or exterior hallways and Volcano Bay views.  

Kitchenette Area
Separation and sitting area (external entry room)
All rooms have 2 queen beds
Fun throwback details!
Of course you have to eat while you're on vacation, so dining is an important aspect of a hotel stay.  This is where I'd say the hotel is lacking the most, as there are no true full-service restaurants on property and only a small lobby bar.  However, the quick service options were plentiful!  There is the Bayliner Diner with a large main dining area with your elevated basic food options such as sandwiches, international food, pastas, pizzas, and burgers. There are also two poolside restaurants and bars with limited menus of American fare.  A big perk here is that there is a full Starbucks and a cute new malt shoppe for specialty milkshakes or sundaes. There is also limited pizza delivery available to the rooms if you get hungry but don't want to venture back out after a long day.
Quick Service Dining Area
Our Atomic Grill choices
Shakes Malt Shoppe PB&J Shake
Starbucks is necessary on vacation!
Next let's talk about the amenities that make this resort so fun to stay at.  They not only have multiple pools including one with a lazy river, but they also have a bowling alley, arcade and other activities guests can enjoy!  They do serve food in the bowling alley too, so that can be a great way to get a meal at the resort with some fun.  In the fall, they also had a little Halloween fun photo set up in their rec room for guests as well. 
Galaxy Bowl Bowling Alley
Arcade Games
Rec Center
Poolside Movies
Plenty of pool chairs!
Slide and plenty of room for everyone
Finally, Universal Orlando Resort offers perks for anyone staying on site at one of their properties.  Here's what you can expect when staying at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort:
  • Early Park Admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and/or Volcano Bay
  • Complimentary transportation to all parks including a walking path to Volcano Bay
  • Resort-Wide Charging with your Room Key
  • Complimentary Merchandise delivery from the parks to your hotel
Overall this resort offers quite a lot for guests at a very reasonable price point.  The amenities are great for families, kids, and adult travelers alike.  The transportation to the parks is quick and easy, and the rooms are comfortable and relaxing after a day at the parks.  While the resort is large and the pools were crowded, we still felt like there was plenty of space for everyone.  I would certainly book another stay here in the future! 

Maci Schau
Maci is an avid foodie and loves trying out new restaurants and seasonal food offerings in the parks. You can email Maci at


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