5 Things We Love About Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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From the look of the Universal Orlando Resort property today, many guests don’t recall that less than 8 years ago there were only 3 hotels on site. Now Universal Orlando offers 8 hotel properties with a brand new theme park being built. Cabana Bay Beach Resort reigns supreme as the largest individual hotel on site with approximately 2,200 rooms. Many guests express that Cabana Bay Beach Resort is their favorite. Why do people love this resort hotel?

  1. Cabana Bay Beach Resort is rated as Value Plus.

Value more means lower cost/features but more hotels than value hotels like The Endless Summer Resorts. This means that the rooms will not cost you too much. Now I mostly visit out of season. However, I tend to pay less than $100 a night on average when staying in Cabana Bay. Considering the cost of a comparable room value and a style room at Walt Disney World, Cabana Bay offers excellent value.

  1. Cabana Bay literally resides next to Volcano Bay Water Park.

If you’re planning on visiting Volcano Bay Water Park, you should consider staying here. There are even rooms with views of Volcano Bay at Cabana Bay. Since you get early entry to Volcano Bay Park, you’ll want to get up early. Staying at Cabana Bay makes it simple. The edge of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort property is a short walk from the Volcano Bay property. You have a state of the art water park literally right next to your resort hotel.

  1. Cabana Bay offers excellent pools and poolside amenities.

Cabana Bay offers two large swimming pools. A swimming pool gives people a small slide to enjoy. The other pool has a real lazy river. Both pools have poolside bars offering quality drinks and food. Especially if you have teenagers or older children, the pool will keep them entertained for hours. On a trip when my son was a younger teenager, he asked to spend a day enjoying the pools instead of the roller coaster.

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  1. Cabana Bay offers far more amenities than you would expect at a higher value resort hotel.

For example, on the second floor there is a real bowling alley. The arcade area will keep family members entertained for quite some time. Cabana Bay also offers guests a gigantic fitness center. Usually on Friday in the late afternoon or early evening, the characters meet and greet each other in the lobby.

  1. Cabana Bay serves many varieties of dining options.

As mentioned, both pools offer dining options. An excellent Starbucks serves customers from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. The Galaxy Bowl bowling alley sells quality grill-style dishes. The main food court, Bayliner Diner, has a wide variety of better-than-expected food options at a higher price. Some of these previously reviewed items at Pirates and Princesses are Cabana Bay Burger and Cuban Sandwich if you are interested. Some theme park media visit this food court often just for the burger itself.

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Now Cabana Bay has some traits we don’t like. No hotel shines perfectly. However, if you are looking for a vacation that won’t destroy your budget, Cabana Bay should be considered.

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