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10 Reasons Why You Need to Stay @ The Cabana Beach Resort
Check out my top 10 reasons you need to stay at Universal Studios Orlando’s Cabana Beach Hotel.
1. Lazy River
The Cabana Bay Beach Resort not only has several pools but also have a lazy river. A. LAZY. RIVER. I’m not sure if you’re aware that a lazy river is a water ride which usually consists of a shallow pool that flows like a river which generally has a slow current, just enough to allow guests to gently ride along lying on rafts (according to wikipedia).
On our most recent trip, we took advantage of the early access to Islands of Adventures (that we are offered just for staying at the Cabana Beach Resort – more on this below), had lunch at the park, then came back to the hotel to go the lazy river for a few hours. After some lazy river fun, we showered and headed back to Islands of Adventure for the Harry Potter castle light show. It was awesome and I wouldn’t mind haven’t that kind of schedule again.
Again, LAZY effing River.
We stayed in a suite at the Cabana Beach Resort. From what I could tell, the resort only offers two room options, a room or a suite. We upgraded to a suite for just $10 a night. It was well worth $20! Disclaimer: this was the deal we were offered, this may not be the deal you find at the time of booking your stay. Be weary of the price.
The suites include a kitchenette, living room, two queen beds, walk in closet, and a bathroom. It’s a nice room. Roomy for two people (but houses up to 6 if needed with pullout couch). Beds were comfy (pillows were all a little weird lol). I’ll discuss the bathrooms below (they deserve their own line item). Over all it’s a hella good room for a great price.
3. 5 minute bus ride to parks /city walk
One of the benefits of staying on promise is the transportation to and from the parks and City Walk is free and convenient. The bus ride from Universal Orlando to the Cabana Beach Resort was 5 minutes. Amazing. I couldn’t have driven there, paid for parking AND found a parking space in 5 minutes. AND we never waited very long for a bus (maybe 10 or 15 minutes at the most).
5. 20 minute walk to parks/city walk
We never took advantage of the quick walk to and from the hotel to the parks but we saw in many youtube videos it is only a 20 minute walk to and from the parks to the Cabana Beach Resort. Which is nice. If you’re into that kind of thing. It’s an option.
6. Separate Toilet room
9. Food, food and more food
- Bayliner Diner – It’s a food court of sorts with three main hot food stations with different food options. They also have snacks and juices, milk, cereals. We stopped here a few times.
- Galaxy Bowl Restarant – This is the hotel bowling ally which also has food options.
- Starbucks – Yes, the Cabana Bay has a place for all your caffeinated needs.
- Swizzle Lounge – Cocktail bar.
- Atomic Toni – Poolside refreshment and snacks
- The Hideaway Bar & Grill – Another poolside refreshments and snacks (there are 2 pools)
I’m a huge breakfast potatoes fan (not just breakfast just the potatoes). I’m super picky. I like them crunchy, seasoned properly and bite size. The Bayliner Diner at the Cabana Beach Resorts has the best breakfast potatoes I’ve ever had. Period.
Early Park Hours
When staying at the Cabana Beach Resort, with price of your stay, you are allowed to access Islands of Adventure at 8 am (1 hour earlier than the park normally opens). Completely take advantage of this if you can. The park selects a few rides to open early such as The Minions rides and some of the rides of Diagon Ally.