Nobody knows how to put a spin on things like Universal Orlando, and their resorts are no exception. This week’s Universal Resort Spotlight focuses on Cabana Bay. A great twist on the the iconic Florida beaches from 50’s and 60’s. Fun for all ages with two massive pools, a bowling alley, winding lazy river and so much more.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort holds a special place in Universal’s history. Until it was built, the only 3 resorts onsite were premier hotels. This allowed budget minded travelers a place to stay on site. Opening in 2014, this 1,800 room resort was a huge success from the beginning. It was such a success that they expanded and added an additional 400 rooms, in 2 towers in 2017. This expansion coincided with the grand opening of Volcano Bay.
Cabana Bay opened in phases, with the North Courtyard opening on March 31, 2014. The South Courtyard followed on June 16, 2014. Leaving the two expansion towers to open on May 26, 2017.
- 315 courtyard family suites (North Courtyard)
- 285 courtyard family suites poolside (North Courtyard)
- 184 tower family suites (South Courtyard)
- 116 tower family suites poolside (South Courtyard)
- 915 standard rooms (South Courtyard and 2017 expansion)
- 365 standard rooms poolside (South Courtyard)
- 20 two-bedroom suites (2017 expansion towers)
Standard rooms measure in 300 square feet, followed by the family suites at 478. For those needing a little more space, the two-bedroom suites are 772 square feet. Prices for standard rooms range between $144 and $239 per night, depending on the season, and all guest rooms feature a bold design, period colors, and a neon/retro feel – complete with themed amenities such as V05 shampoo and Zest soap.
The Pool and Public Spaces
A bright, open lobby welcomes guests as it surrounds two massive pool complexes. A 10,000 square foot pool in the Atomic Courtyard, featuring zero entry pools, a sand beach, and iconic dive-tower water feature. There is also a 100-foot waterslide, lots of poolside activities such as dive-in movies and ping pong.
A 6000-square-foot pool in the Lazy River Courtyard, features a zero entry pool, sand beach and Universal’s first lazy river.
Galaxy Bowl, a ten-lane bowling alley and full service restaurant is great place for family fun. Features include food and beverages options and music with video screens. This is a great place for some outside of the park family fun.
There is also a gym and a store to pick up some necessities you have left at home. Don’t miss out on Game-O-Rama, a game with lots of modern arcade games.
Cabana’s Bay main dining hall is Bayliner Diner, the resort food court where guests can dine-in or “grab and go”. This 600-seat food court features a variety of food stations, including burgers, pizza, pasta and sandwiches. If something sweet and chilly is on your mind, check out Shakes Malt Shoppe. They have a variety of milkshake, floats, sundae and so much more. As mentioned above, Galaxy Bowl is more than just a bowling alley. There is a limited seating, full service dining option that includes burgers, appetizers, sandwiches and more. Two outdoor drink locations options are available. Atomic Tonic and Hideaway Bar and Grill are great places to partake of an adult beverage and get a little snack. Pizza can even be delivered to guest’s rooms. Don’t forget to stop by the Starbucks, the mid-century modern theming alone is worth the look.
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