Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Universal Orlando Opens the Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The ever-expanding Universal Orlando Resort has grown once more with the official opening of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort.  The new value-oriented resort welcomed its first guests yesterday, and officially became the destination's fourth on-site hotel.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort "evokes the classic, retro-feel of iconic beach resorts from the 1950s and 60’s" and does it well.  Above is a press photo of the hotel's main lobby, and very true to the original concept art that was released the design of the area is not what you would call shy.  The bold colors and airy atmosphere of the lobby will welcome guests as they check into one of the resort's 1,800 rooms.

As if being located just across from Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida wasn't enough, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is also packed with amenities such as Galaxy Bowl, a ten lane bowling facility.  Any who wants to keep in tip top shape while visiting can head to the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio, and then later relax and have a drink at either the Swizzle Lounge or Atomic Tonic bars.  Filling hungry stomachs will be easy as well, the Bayliner Diner is the name for a large food court with tons of different food offerings.

You have to have a pool, right?  Named the Cabana Courtyard, the 10,000 square foot pool features a zero depth entry that's perfect for families.  There's also a water slide that exits underneath the iconic diving tower, seen above with water spilling over the side.  Later this summer the second half of the resort will open with another pool area and the first lazy river to be built at any of Universal's hotels.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort features different room types to fit every family's needs, including standard rooms and family suites.  There's some that are specially themed as well, such as the Minion infested kid's room seen above.  Those staying at the hotel also gain early entry into the parks, a full hour before the general public.

Universal Orlando has created a series of videos that introduce all that the Cabana Bay Beach Resort has to offer, from rooms to food to bowling.  Check it out above.