Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a family friendly resort at Universal Studios with multiple restaurants, family suites, a bowling alley, multiple pools, and more.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort is throwing it back, way back to the 1950’s. This retro hotel has old classic cars in front of its hotel, 1950’s themed rooms, and old school toiletries that were available back in the day. The retro rooms are adorable and set up well for families with a kitchenette, separate sink, shower, and toilet areas, and a living room.
It was quite nice to have the toilet area separate from the bathtub. With four people staying in the room it made things a lot easier for us. Imagine how helpful it is when a family of six is staying here. The couch folds out into a bed, so larger families can definitely stay here!
The bedroom is a little cramped. There is plenty of bed space, but depending on how many suitcases you have in the floor things can get congested quickly.
One thing I appreciated was the price. Unlike many theme park hotels this one is not expensive. Rooms here typically cost between $110 – $160. Our family suite had a fridge and microwave which allowed us to be able to have breakfast in the room each day and save money on food. The fridge has no freezer! I learned this the hard way when I bought popsicles for the room.
We stayed in a room that faced the parking lot. I liked this because I never heard any noise from the pool area. It costs $12 a day to park.
Oddly enough, I loved the amenities in the bathroom. It was just Zest soap and VO5 hair products, but my grandpa always used Zest. Seeing the packaging instantly made me feel nostalgic. Then the kids and I used it and the smell took me back to the 80’s and 90’s when I would stay at my grandparents lake house each summer in Brownwood, Texas.
There are two swimming pools, both family friendly and large. At the main pool there is a lazy river and hot tub. At the second pool there is another hot tub. My kids enjoyed the water slide. At both swimming pools, you can find bars, for the grown ups, food options, and a sandy area for the kids.
The sandy areas are filled with all kinds of fun toys to play with like sand toys, horseshoes, ping-pong, connect four, and more.
Galaxy Bowl is the hotel’s very own bowling alley featuring ten bowling lanes. You can find the bowling alley on the second floor of the lobby building. They have happy hour prices on bowling just $8 per person for 45 minutes.
They have a restaurant and full bar so you bowl and eat. Hours: 12 noon–12 midnight, daily. They have affordable food options including the super salad I had, it was only $7.50. According to 2 Travel Dads the best beer deal in all of Universal is the beer pitcher of Lagunitas IPA.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Perks
Early Admission – One of the best reasons to stay at Cabana Bay is the early admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Diagon Alley. You can get into these sections of the park one hour before the rest of the park opens. Since these two areas are always the busiest parts of Universal Orlando this is an excellent perk. You can get through one whole section without fighting the crowds.
Free Shuttle – Not only can you get into Universal early, you can also catch the bus over to the entrance. This to me was a huge perk because I do not like having to pay to park in the parking lot and the extra walking. The buses run all day.
Meet Characters – On Friday nights various characters from the park make an appearance in the lobby.
Delivery Service – Merchandise purchased at select locations throughout the resort can be delivered to your room free of charge.
No Express Passes – Unlike some of the hotels at Universal staying at this hotel does not get you an express pass for the ride lines.
Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort
6550 Adventure Way
Orlando, FL 32819
Bay Line Dinner
They have a massive cafeteria style restaurant with four different types of affordable food options. The shrimp and grits are excellent and my kids loved the frozen yogurt bar. There’s also a salad bar.
There is a food place next to the Cabana Courtyard pool too at Atomic Tonic. This is the Steak Salad I got at the pool food window for $7.99. In addition to salad they also have sandwiches, wraps and kebabs. Next to it is the bar and the mojito I got was excellent, it was however around $11. So although the food is cheap the drinks are not.