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Universal Orlando- Cabana Bay Beach Resort, May 2021

Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a prime-value level resort located directly next to Volcano Bay Waterpark (you even get a dedicated entrance)! The retro mid-century modern themed lobby and central spaces make it fun for both kids and grown-ups alike. Details like VO5 brand “cream rinse” in your room and pay phones transport you to a different time and give you tons of chances to tell your kids about life before the modern amenities that they enjoy today.


Room options include family suites and standard rooms. Different wings offer different styles of rooms, from retro-motel style exits to the pool or parking lots to rooms in the towers overlooking Volcano Bay Beach Resort. We loved our Americana Wing standard room’s access to the exit closest to the Volcano Bay Entrance and buses to the Parks.

Amenities & Dining

There are two pool sections, each with a quick service restaurant. We opted for poolside dining in the Lazy River Courtyard (and the best cocktails!) from the Hideaway Bar and Grill. The Cabana Courtyard offers a waterslide and sand beach for sunbathing.

Dining at Cabana Bay was convenient for quick meals before and after park visits. The central Bayliner Diner is a cafeteria-style huge central dining space that televises retro-style tv shows and ads. The food options were surprisingly diverse; and the international section was filled with healthy options. We took our food and drinks from the lobby’s Swizzle Bar to the lobby patio for sunset. Guests at the resort also have the option to book a bowling lane and dining reservation at the Galaxy Bowl. For early park-goers Starbucks opens at 6am.

Entrance to Lazy River Courtyard, Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando

Our Stay at Cabana Bay

Quick list of our favorites from Cabana Bay Beach Resort:

  • All of the theming, especially the lobby with rotary dial pay phones
  • Mediterranean Pizza from Bayliner Diner.
  • Shopping for retro clothing and goods at the Universal Store
  • Antique cars lined up at the Resort Entrance.
  • Poorly placing Alice in the mural in the lobby of the Bayliner Diner.
  • The retro bath products in our room.
  • The super easy 5-minute walk to Volcano Bay waterpark for hotel guests only
Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando

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Choose a Resort

Universal Florida has so much to offer, and staying onsite is the best way to experience all of it. From the affordable (& brand new) Aventura Hotel to the luxury of Portofino Bay, there’s a place to stay for every interest and budget. Staying at a Universal Resort even gets you early admission to a park!


Go from Muggle to Wizard

The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is rightfully the biggest draw to Universal Florida. This immersive experience is enjoyable if you’ve seen the movies, but even better if you’e read the books. Put on your robes and exchange your Muggle money, explore the dark corners of Knockturn Alley, and drink all the butterbeer .


Pick Your Parks

Universal Orlando is home to three parks: Universal Orlando, Islands of Adventure, and Volcano Bay. (Note: a park to park ticket is needed to ride the Hogwarts Express.)


Dine at Universal Orlando

Finding fare to fit all budgets and dietary preferences is easy at Universal Orlando. Pre-order a quick meal using the App, reserve table service meals, or enjoy fine dining at a resort.

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