Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay BeachResort

Universal Orlando's New Cabana Bay Beach Resort

A couple weeks ago, I told you about my fabulous blogger trip where I got to experience the newest Harry Potter area at Universal Studios, #DiagonAlley (see my review HERE).  What made this trip even more fun was that we got to stay at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando’s newest value-priced hotel, which is retro-themed to the 50′s and 60′s.   It is conveniently located within walking distance of both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure and is the perfect place to stay while vacationing in Orlando.  A big plus to staying here is that hotel guests can enjoy Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens.  Also you can get complimentary shuttle buses to both Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

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On our first day, we decided to arrive early so that we could hang out at their bigger pool for awhile.  It is 10,000 sq ft and features waterfalls and cannons for interactive fun, an iconic dive tower waterslide, kids splash pad area, hot tub, full bar and beach play area loaded with fun activities like corn hole, pool, ping pong, hula hoops, ladderball and more.  If you want to have a your own private area that is out of the sun, you can rent one of their cabanas which includes a TV and fan so you can chill out and relax while the kids swim. In the evening, you can make S’mores by the fire pit or watch movies on a large screen by the pool. While we were there, they played Madagascar :)

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Around 4:00 pm, we decided to go see if our room was ready and we were greeted by so many friendly employees.  Once we got to our room, the kids were in awe with how pretty it was.  The family suites sleep up to six and have a cool retro feel. They also feature a kitchenette with microwave, mini-refrigerator and sink. Kaley and I each claimed a bed in the one bedroom while Kyle pulled out the couch to form his bed which was super comfortable.  I don’t think I have ever seen a pull-out bed with such a soft mattress before.

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While staying at the hotel, you can dine-in or take-out at the food court which features a variety of food including burgers and milkshakes, pizza and pasta, a bakery, sandwiches and more.  Plus you may want to pick up their Sonic Fill unlimited drink souvenir cup.  For only $8.99 for one day, $11.99 for 2 days, $14.99 for 3 days or $17.99 for your entire stay, you can fill your cup up over and over again.

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On the second evening, after we spent the day at Universal, we came back to the resort and had a private bowling party at the 10 lane Galaxy Bowl.  The Minions even showed up to celebrate with us and dance with the kids.  It was a ton of fun !  This is such a great place for families to go together and you can even order food and drinks while you bowl.

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If you are wanting even more fun with the kids, head over to the arcade which is located right next to the bowling alley and play some retro video games.  Or if you don’t want to miss your daily workout, you can hit the Jack LaLanne Ftness Center and get a great workout.

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On the last day of our trip, we decided to hang out at the second pool which is 8000 sq ft and has a lazy river, beautiful shaded pool bar and lots of lounge chairs and tables with umbrellas to sit at around the pool.  This was a much more relaxing pool for those that want a little more of a quiet day.  We actually stayed until about 3:30 pm and the kids were so sad to be heading back home.  I think I will plan a surprise weekend in a month or so to treat them to another fun weekend getaway.

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 begin at $119 per night, and can run as $93 per-night depending on the length of stay.

Check out the video below about the hotel

To learn more or to make a reservation, call 1-888-273-1311 or visit UniversalOrlando.com.

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