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Why Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is Perfect for Families

With so many trips to Orlando, we've had the chance to stay at some amazing places. This last trip during our preview ofThe Wizarding World of  Harry Potter - Diagon Alley, we stayed at Universal Orlando Resort's Cabana Bay Beach Resort. We loved the resort, each of us Frog Family members, and for different reasons.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

This prime value-category, '50s-era beach resort right there on Universal property has a lot going for it, including the price, which starts at $119 during value season (although we have seen promotions offering rates even lower than this). The '50s beach vibe is spot on, and you'll find the place is mid-century spacious and bright!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

We should also mention the theme park benefits that come with a stay at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort: one hour early admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter with regular theme park admission and complimentary shuttle buses to Universal Studios FloridaUniversal's Islands of Adventure and Universal CityWalk. The one hour early admission is especially welcomed, since it's your very best chance of experiencing Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts with less than a one-hour wait.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

All benefits aside, there are still plenty of reasons to love Cabana Bay. Today, we wanted to share a few of those with you!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Rooms

Let's start with the rooms themselves, since everyone (but especially moms and dads) are looking for a comfortable place to unwind and catch some ZZZZZs after their day in the parks.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

First of all, the decor is all bright mod and beachy in oranges and blues.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

There is a great nod to the past with its vintage-inspired furniture, and retro alarm clock and toiletries. Of course, there are some amenities that the modern family cannot live without, and you'll be happy to know that the TV is a flatscreen.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Another seemingly small thing that really is a big deal for modern families is the electrical outlet situation. We're an especially wired family with all of our cameras and other gear, but most families these days need multiple outlets for charging phones, cameras, tablets and gaming devices. I can happily report that we had no trouble finding outlets, which made Tad especially happy since he normally has to wait for us to finish charging before its his turn.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

While there are plenty of standard rooms, larger families or even smaller families staying longer than a few days should consider a family suite, which accommodates up to six guests and includes a kitchenette, two flat screen TVs, a sliding partition to the bedrooms for privacy, and an oversized bathroom area.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The extra space in the bathroom is a big deal, as most of you who have traveled as a family know. Universal says there is enough space for three people to prep at once, and that was certainly true for us frogs, but regular-sized folks will find two is probably more comfortable. Bonus: There is a door to the toilet area, and it is separate from the sinks and bathtub.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort pools

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Beyond the rooms, the next biggest consideration is often the pool area (maybe it's even more important to you than the room itself). The good news is that there are two fabulous choices - the Cabana Courtyard and the Lazy River Courtyard. Both offer sand beaches and hot tubs. The Cabana Courtyard features a zero-entry pool with a fabulous water slide in the guise of a retro dive tower, hot tub, a kids interactive water play area and the Atomic Tonic pool bar. The Cabana Courtyard also offers old-fashioned games like ping pong and bean bag toss.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

The Lazy River Courtyard features a zero-entry pool, a lazy river, hot tub and The Hideaway Bar & Grill. Do know that you will have to pay for the floats, unless you bring your own.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort Dining

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Lots of food and drink options make this perfect for families (and picky eaters). There are grab-and-go items at the food court, Bayliner Diner, which also offers made-to-order bugers, pizza, pasta and even some international cuisine.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

While Tad, Lily and Leap all went for pizza one night, I had the Brazilian Beef Churrasco and it was absolute post-theme park perfection.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Hot and cold breakfast items are served in the mornings, including made-to-order omelets. For those of you who like to let loose on vacation, there is also the doughnut bar :)

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Guests can also grab burgers and other bites inside the onsite bowling alley, Galaxy Bowl, and at the Hideaway Bay & Grill.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

And don't even worry about getting thirsty, because tasty libations await at Swizzle Lounge in the lobby or the poolside bars.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Even better, there is a large Starbucks with ample seating in the lobby. We might as well call it Mommy Frog's theme park lifesaver :) It's perfect for getting the day started or for a pick-me-up in the afternoon.

More ways Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort gets it right

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

At the Cabana Bay Beach Resort gift shop (which is huge!), there is a great selection of theme park merchandise as well as fun Cabana Bay Beach Resort souvenirs, which are perfect for those times when you don't make it out of the theme park with that perfect something for that perfect someone back home. There are also plenty of toiletries and other items you might have forgotten. Even better for shopping fiends like moi, the gift shop stocks some wonderfully fabulous beachy apparel and bathing suits from brands like Splendid and Donna Karan. It took a bit of will power not to buy everything!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Jack LaLanne Fitness Studio

I would be remiss if I didn't also mention the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studios. Now, for me personally, I consider my days at the theme parks workout enough, especially when I'm lugging around the backpack and occasionally Lily. But for those of you who just can't imagine not getting your cardio on or getting in a quick lift, this is an amazing space with ample room to do your workout. For fitness buffs and Jack LaLanne fans, it's worth the trip up to the second floor to view all of the mementos and treasures on display.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort - Galaxy Bowl

There is also a Galaxy Bowl, a 10-lane bowling alley, which also has a full-service restaurant. It's the perfect activity for vacation arrival day, when you want to kick off the trip with some fun but not waste a full day's admission on only a half day of fun.

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Another great evening option is to lay out the beach towels and watch a movie on the lawn. It's the preferred way to dry off after a few hours in the pool!

Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Before you leave, make time to visit the classic cars lined up outside the lobby. They make the perfect backdrop for your beach resort photo ops!

Overall, we loved our stay at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort and are looking forward to our return!

Have questions about Universal's Cabana Bay? Leave them in comments below. For more tips, hop over to our Where to Stay in Orlando page inside the Orlando Planning Timeline!

Hoppy planning!

Keep hopping, Mommy Frog!
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Jan 10, 2019 at 9:30 p.m. Emily Says...

Hi, My family of 4 (children are 4 & 9) will be going to the Universal Parks and staying in a Cabana Bay family suite. We can't decide whether or not to pay the extra money for the unlimited express passes. We will be going the Tuesday following President's Day (feb. 19) through Friday, the 23rd for a total of 4 days in the parks. We have park to park tickets. It will cost $700 more in advance with a package deal for the unlimited express passes but $1600 (holy cow!) if we change our minds and purchase them in the park so.. it's now or never! It looks like a busy time but not sure if it's busy enough to warrant so much extra money. We just can't decide what to do! Even looking at the crowd calendar, I just can't tell. Any advice?? Thanks so much! Great blog!

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Jan 16, 2019 at 6:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

This is a tough call and really depends on your priorities and budget. It's a busy week, but not the busiest of weeks. Since you have a good number of days in the parks, I probably would not do it, but that's just my two cents.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 5, 2019 at 4:35 p.m. Jan Says...

We are considering a trip here from the UK could you explain the interior/exterior access for the family suites as they are differently priced. Could you also let us know if we drive the car from the hotel to Universal Studios rather than use the free shuttle will we have to pay car park charges again?

Thank you

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Jan 16, 2019 at 3:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jan,

Most of the family suites are not accessed through exterior doors, meaning there is no interior hallway to enter them. We really don't recommend you drive from the hotel to the parks (it is not as convenient), but if you do, you would have to be pay the parking charges.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 20, 2018 at 2:52 p.m. Abby Says...

I will be getting a suite at Caban Bay from December 31 to January 5. Do you know if there are any new year's eve events that I could take children (aged 9 and 11) to? Is there a place nearby to get some groceries to keep in the kitchenette? Do multiday park passes have to used in 2 or 3 days in a row, or can I plan a break day in the middle? Also, are there Harry Potter attractions at more than one of the Universal parks, so one park pass wouldn't be sufficient to see them all?

Thanks,

Abby

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Nov 27, 2018 at 4:27 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Abby!

Yes, there are plenty of grocery stores nearby to stock your kitchenette. Harry Potter's Hogsmeade and Diagon Alley park areas are in two separate parks, so you would either need a park-to-park ticket or to visit for multiple days. Ticket is valid for any three (3) calendar days during a seven (7) consecutive calendar day period which includes the first day the ticket is activated.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 23, 2018 at 3:39 p.m. Karina Pinedo Says...

When making the reservation online at Cabana Bay, do you have to pay up front or do you pay when you check in?

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Aug 28, 2018 at 5 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Karina!

Yes, you will pay up front.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 27, 2018 at 9:22 p.m. Jason Says...

Hello!

We have a family of four planning a vacation in early Oct, we are staying in the family suite tower pool side. I thought it would be nice to try and get a room with a view of the Volcano. Is this an area where we might get that?

thanks so much.

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May 29, 2018 at 12:18 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jason,

The Tower Family Suite Poolside offers views of the hotel's pool. If you want views of Volcano Bay, try the 2-Bedroom Suites!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 3, 2018 at 12:21 a.m. sherry Says...

do the rooms have microwaves

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sherry!

The Family Suites have microwaves, but the standard rooms do not.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 2, 2018 at 7:51 p.m. Catherine Says...

hello we are planning a trip this April I was wondering how the beach part of the resort is since it does say it’s a cabana Beach resort?

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Mar 5, 2018 at 9:43 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Catherine!

There is not necessarily a beach at Cabana Bay - it is simply inspired by the classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s! The decor is gorgeous; you're sure to love it.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 25, 2018 at 1:46 p.m. Kristu Says...

How much is the cost of renting the pool floats?

Also, do you offer transportation to the Magic kingdom? Is there a charge?

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Jan 26, 2018 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Because they are separately owned parks, there is no direct transportation between Universal and Magic Kingdom. We recommend hopping into an Uber or Lyft!

Pool floats are for purchase, not rental, and start around $10 at Cabana Bay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 26, 2018 at 10:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Because they are separately owned parks, there is no direct transportation between Universal and Magic Kingdom. We recommend hopping into an Uber or Lyft!

Pool floats are for purchase, not rental, and start around $10 at Cabana Bay.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 11, 2018 at 10:11 a.m. Kerstin Says...

Hi! I´m from Germany and we gonna visit the Cabana Beach Hotel next May for one night. I want to go on early admission to the Universal Parks on the check-out-day. How does that work? What do I need for the early admission? Because my husband will check out for us, I´m gonna go on my own and he will pick me up in the evening. Check out time is 11am, so???? It is a little bit confusing to me.

Thanks for your help, Kerstin

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Jan 11, 2018 at 4:20 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kerstin,

You'll just need your room key along with your ticket! Have a great trip.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Nov 25, 2017 at 3:52 a.m. Emily Says...

Hi, We are a family of 5 so space is a consideration for us. I love the Cabana Bay rooms with the pull-out couch - perfect for us! BUT we are torn between the appeal of Cabana Bay and the perk of unlimited fast pass that comes with the other Universal Hotels. I'm wondering what the cost would be if we just bought those separately or is it a huge cost savings to stay at one of the other hotels - but maybe give up that extra space/bed? Can you help me sort the pros and cons?

thanks, Emily

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Nov 28, 2017 at 1:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Emily,

It depends on the time of year you're booking your vacation for. If you're going during a busy time, then the Unlimited Express Passes would definitely be a great perk of staying at a Universal hotel that offers it. It is definitely a huge cost savings! If you're going during an okay time of year where crowds are minimal and Express Passes aren't extremely necessary, then we suggest booking the hotel that you're most comfortable at. Hope this helps.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 16, 2017 at 2:41 p.m. Joe Says...

Hi, thanks for the great info. It's taken a while for me to read it all but it has really helped ALOT!

We will be staying at Cabana from May 6th 2018 for 14 nights with our 2 children on our honeymoon come family holiday and would like to know a couple of things if possible?

My son has both egg and peanut allergies and my daughter is intolerant to dairy and Soy. Just wondering if there is any type of allergen menu we can get a hold of before we visit to give us an idea of meal times etc?

Also, does Cabana allow food and drinks in rooms just incase we cannot dine that often in the onsite eateries due to said allergies and intolerance's?

Thank you so much in advance, Joe.

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Aug 17, 2017 at 7:20 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Joe,

You may bring your own food into your room at Cabana Bay.

While the official Cabana Bay website does list menus for you to browse, they do recommend asking a hospitality member for help with food allergies upon arrival. You may call 407-503-DINE to see if they can help with specific questions or provide allergen menus.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 29, 2017 at 9:02 p.m. Gail Says...

I'm traveling with a family of 5. Can you bring your own food and snacks to the resort? We want to save on our food bill.

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May 29, 2017 at 8:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Gail,

Universal allows you to bring in small bottles of water and small snacks that do not require heating.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 19, 2017 at 12:30 p.m. Erin Says...

Does Cabana Bay Resort have free breakfast in the mornings?

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Apr 19, 2017 at 8:44 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Erin,

Sorry, but Cabana Bay does not have free breakfast.

Hoppy Planning!

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Jan 23, 2017 at 1:23 a.m. Amy Says...

Hi! We are staying at Cabana Bay next month. Is it possible to ship a box to the resort?

THanks!

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Jan 23, 2017 at 7:51 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Amy,

It's possible. I suggest calling the resort at 407-503-4000 and see if they allow guest mail.

Hoppy Planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 28, 2016 at 12:36 a.m. Lloyd Says...

Hi, im planning a trip to orlando, i want to see all the harry potter places, do i but a separate ticket or is it included on the hotel reservation? And i want to go to kennedy space center and disney too, what can i do to see all of it

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Oct 20, 2016 at 12:02 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lloyd,

The hotel reservation does not include The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You will need to a ticket to Universal Orlando for that. You can see our discount options for all of these places here:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Sep 1, 2016 at 3:54 a.m. Allen Says...

Your site has made planning my trip to Universal and Cabana Bay a joy. I really appreciate the time and effort you all have put into this. Based on your suggestions and itineraries, we've decided to extend our stay to five nights since park hours will be shorter in mid-October and we want to savor the experience.

I'll be traveling with my best friend, neither of us has enjoyed a vacation for twenty years (that wasn't to visit family) and are really looking forward to the trip. Thank you.

I have two questions. We are thinking about visiting City Walk, dining at Toothsome, and using the hotel amenities for our first day. Will visiting City Walk activate our park to park ticket?

Secondly, based on advice here, I'm booking through Loews for the room and planning to purchase the park to park 2 day passes + 2 free days here on your site. Are the park tickets here processed through Universal or a third-party?

Thanks again for how much easier you've made this process. I'm recommending you to everyone.

I hope you have a great day, Allen

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Sep 14, 2016 at 2:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Allen,

Thanks for the compliment!

To answer your first question, no, visiting CityWalk will not activate your ticket. Second, these are authentic Universal tickets—we are an authorized seller—and you can go straight to the gate with them.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 10, 2016 at 9:59 p.m. Kelley osman Says...

Hi

Your blog is really helpful.

We are staying here in august for 2 weeks from uk.we are a family with children ranging from 19 to 1 years old.

We have booked a tower family suite- for size. What area or suite option would you recommend for us? I am thinking noise , view, and distance with baby and access to pool and amentities

Many thanks for any help

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Jul 12, 2016 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kelley,

This is a great resort. You will love it! Both pool areas include zero-entry pools, which is helpful for babies. There is also a water play area at the Cabana Courtyard, which might give it an edge. For this, you'd want the Courtyard Family Suites. These have the added benefit of being slightly less noisy since the bedrooms are further away from the exterior doors. Rooms 1-11 in Castaway and 1-15 in Starlight would be closest to the lobby. None of the suites on this side offer an interior corridor, which is beneficial if you have rain. For that, you'd want the Tower Family suites. Those are closer to dining, bowling, the fitness center and lazy river, and offer interior access.

While it sounds like a tough decision, you are not that far away no matter what you choose. Let us know what you decide!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 22, 2016 at 12:32 p.m. dawn Says...

does Cabana provide gluten free foods, how far to international dr and cost of taxi's?

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May 31, 2016 at 2:45 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Dawn,

As you should at all of the restaurants, ask to speak to the chef about gluten-free options. You can most likely get some accommodations. International Drive is not far at all, and taxis or Uber should be relative inexpensive, it just depends on where you want to go.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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May 10, 2016 at 5:35 a.m. Wendy Says...

Can I bring floats with us to use in the lay river or must we use the ones provided by the resort?

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May 17, 2016 at 3:29 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Wendy,

You can bring your own!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 13, 2016 at 12:51 p.m. Brittany Says...

Hi mommy frog!

My family and I are planning to visit universal in March 2017. We have 3 kids. Their ages at the time of travel wil be 9, 9, 5 and 2. The 2 year old will sleep in the same bed as her father and me and the other two will share a bed. Is there a way we can stay in a standard room rather then a family suite to help us save money?

Thank you!

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Apr 25, 2016 at 12:58 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Brittany,

No, unfortunately, you would need a family suite.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Apr 8, 2016 at 11:36 p.m. Maureen airnes Says...

Hi we stay in cabbana bay for 4 night on 24 may have you a dinner plan and what the coest and can we get 3 2 or 3 day ticket from hotel as dont keed any more and how much are they for 2 audilts one child age 10 thank you

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Apr 14, 2016 at 3:04 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maureen,

There is no dining plan offered at Cabana Bay. You can certainly purchase park tickets for the number of days you need. Here are all of our discount Universal tickets:

https://www.undercovertourist.com/orlando/universal-orlando-resort/

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 21, 2016 at 6:54 p.m. Kathleen Says...

Good afternoon! Thank you for all of the wonderful advice. Your site is extremely helpful. Just a quick question about Early Park Admission. Is this guaranteed (we are staying at Cabana Bay in August), or is it similar to the extra magic hours at Disney where they are only offered on specific days? I tried to check the Universal website calendar for the early hours, but it has the normal opening times the entire month of August. Thank you!

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Mar 28, 2016 at 9:56 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen,

Yes, Early Park Admission is guaranteed, but it is sometimes only available in one park. You can call the hotel directly to get an answer to this.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 15, 2016 at 12:19 p.m. Lesly Says...

Hello,

Great post, you answered most of my questions, but I still got one.

I will be staying at the Cabana on April and I'd like to buy tons of things before I get there. Can the hotel store them for me? Do I have to pay a fee?

Thank you!!

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Mar 16, 2016 at 2:36 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lesly,

The hotel will be able to store luggage and other items for you. If there are a lot of items, or any special items, you may want to call them directly just to be sure.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 4, 2016 at 11:56 a.m. Jill D. Says...

Hello,

My family of 4 (2 adults, 2 children -6 year old, and. 23 month old) will be staying for 6 days and 5 nights. We have a 4 day park pass and plan to enjoy the hotel the first and last day of our stay. I have a few questions.

Is it true there is no express pass in the park with this hotel, but there are with the other onsite hotels?

Even if you must check out on the last day, can you use the hotel amenities? (We have an evening flight home)

Are there laundry services/facilities in the resort?

Will the shuttle take you to whichever park is open early in the morning, or do you need to take a specific shuttle at a certain spot outside the hotel?

Thank you for all your help :-)

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Mar 4, 2016 at 8:38 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

Yes, you are correct that there is no Express Pass benefit with this hotel, although you did get Early Park Admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. You would be able to use the hotel amenities the last day, and yes, there are laundry facilities. The shuttle takes you to the CityWalk bus dropoff. From there, you can walk to either park.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Mar 3, 2016 at 1:37 p.m. Chris Says...

Hello,

For a trip to Universal and Islands of Adventure, would 2 days at each park be too much? Is Islands of Adventure more of a 1 day park?

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Mar 7, 2016 at 10:23 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Chris,

I would say you need at least two days for a visit to Universal. Depending on when you are visiting, you may want to add more days.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Mar 3, 2016 at 1:31 p.m. Kathleen Says...

Hello,

What is the difference between the Courtyard and Tower Family Suites? Thank you!

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Mar 9, 2016 at 10:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Kathleen,

The Courtyard suites have external doorways like a motel. The Tower Family Suites have internal corridors.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 17, 2016 at 10:37 a.m. jon clements Says...

hello

just wondering what and how much the breakfast at cabana bay is , and are their places to get breakfast and lunch far from the hotel

thank you

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Feb 24, 2016 at 6:35 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jon,

If you have a car, there are places you can easily get to. There are a variety of breakfast items at Cabana Bay, including quick-service. As far as theme park/hotel prices go, they are not too bad. There is also a Starbucks on property, and CityWalk has breakfast options too.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 14, 2016 at 10:43 p.m. Jill Says...

Does Cabana Bay have a cup you can refill for length of stay- like Disney does?

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Feb 25, 2016 at 11:16 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jill,

Cabana Bay does have its own refill program, but the cups do not work at the theme parks or CityWalk.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Feb 4, 2016 at 11:46 p.m. Magnus Broch Says...

Hi!

Me and my fiance are going to Florida for 5 nights from the 5th of march. I just have some questions:

Is this hotel more like a family resort, or is it okey for a romantic vacation as well? Do you rather recommend an another hotel/resort to us?

We are arriving Orlando at 2-3 pm saturday the 5th. For now we have planned to go to universal studios/Island of Adventure for 2 days, then one day in Sea World, one day in Discovery Cove, and then we have one day left. We are thinking abouth Epcot or the Magic Kingdom. What do you suggest? And are you agree about our park choises? I dont know if the Discovery Cove is worth it, but there are very many good reviews for this one. We have 4 full days and one half day. Do we manage to cover these 5 parks?

Finally I tried to rent a car from your web pages, but I cant get it to work? Nothing happens when I push the car rental link...

Hope to hear from you!

Regards Magnus from Norway:-)

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Feb 10, 2016 at 12:37 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Magnus,

Cabana Bay will suit you just fine as a couple, but keep in mind that most of the area hotels are geared more toward families. Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Portofino Bay would be a little more adult-oriented, but I would expect to see plenty of families at them as well. Epcot and Magic Kingdom are both solid choices, Epcot has fewer rides and more cultural experiences plus food and drinks. Magic Kingdom is the quintessential theme park experience. Discovery Cove is unlike any of the other experiences and really is amazing.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 24, 2016 at 4:17 p.m. mptmommy Says...

Hi,

Thank you so much for all the great information!! You answered many of my wondering questions!! It was a huge help!! It is my understanding that UniversaI Studios typically only opens one of the two parks an hour early each day. I was just wondering (again) when does Universal Studios announce which park opens early? Can you get that information ahead of time. We are traveling the first week of April. Thanks for any info you can provide, and again all the awesome information!!

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Jan 26, 2016 at 1:42 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi there,

Universal does not announce this information, but if you call your hotel, the concierge will tell you which park or if both parks are hosting Early Park Admission.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jan 12, 2016 at 10:55 p.m. Sarah Says...

Hi, do you know if standard rooms have a fridge?

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Jan 19, 2016 at 10:28 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sarah,

Yes, they have mini fridges.

Keep hopping!

Leap

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Jan 11, 2016 at 5:08 p.m. Stacey Says...

Hi, great blog! Do you happen to know of a food delivery service that will go to Cabana BAY? I have checked three of the local ones and they all do not deliver.

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Dec 16, 2015 at 8:04 a.m. Betty Says...

Hey does the pool close at certain hours? Or is it always open?

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Dec 16, 2015 at 1:48 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Betty,

The pools do close, and times may vary. We recommend asking when you check in.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Dec 15, 2015 at 9:30 a.m. SK Says...

How do I get to Premium oulet mall on international drive if I stay at Cabana Bay resort? Not driving. Can we ride the I ride trolley or is there a lynx bus that we can take? If not, how much by taxi n how long is the journey? Tks.

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Nov 26, 2015 at 3:57 a.m. Edgar Says...

Hi,

Greetings from Panama.

I got a question: It is possible for someone staying off site, go to Cabana Bay Beach Resort and pick up some resort guests without paying the $12 parking fee? It is my sister joining our party of 4, only for some days.

If the answer is negative, where can she pick up us without the need of paying parking fees?

Thanks in advance for your time and reply.

Kind regards,

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Oct 27, 2015 at 7:28 p.m. Robert Zison Says...

I just booked Cabana Bay for the early admission in mid November (actually have a Disney hotel for the same night) to take advantage of the 2 day early admission (check-in and check-out days). I understand we can check-in early, but how do we have the key on check-out day? Do we keep the keep after checkout?

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Nov 2, 2015 at 7:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Robert,

Yes, you just keep your key!

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 14, 2015 at 1:03 a.m. ACL Says...

I only have 1 night to stay at CBBR . I read somewhere that i get early admission to the park both on my check in and check out dates.

Is this true ?

If so, how will this work ?

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Oct 14, 2015 at 10:27 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi ACL,

Yes, this is true! You will simply show your room keys.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 15, 2015 at 12:13 a.m. ACL Says...

But ... if check in is at 4pm and early admission is in the morning ... how can i do this ?

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Oct 19, 2015 at 1:40 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi ACL,

You would just need to check-in early (even if your room is not ready) to get your rom key.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 7, 2015 at 11:02 p.m. Bex Says...

Hello, we're coming to stay in the next week and was wondering of there was anywhere close by that we can park our car for 2weeks cheaper than $17 dollars a day? This has gone up since we booked out stay.

We won't be using the car everyday and want to save money as on a budget. Thank you

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Oct 8, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi,

There isn't a place I could recommend near Universal to leave the car, other than Universal itself. Maybe others reading can suggest an alternative.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Oct 5, 2015 at 3 a.m. Alana Says...

We are booked into a family room in a few weeks. I was just wondering if the fridge in the room is a fridge we can use and not a mini bar? Thanks

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Oct 5, 2015 at 6:34 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Alana,

Yes, you can use the fridge.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 30, 2015 at 3:52 p.m. Ser Says...

Hi, If we buy the theme park tickets through undercovertourist, can they be delivered straight to the hotel? Just wondering what would be the taxi cost from Cabana Bay to Disney All Sports hotel?

and taxi cost from Cabana Bay to Orlando International Palms Resort?

Thanks,

Serena

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Aug 31, 2015 at 10:49 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Ser,

We do not deliver to the hotel, but we do have a pickup location near Universal. You can find taxi fare calculators online to try to estimate fares. You might consider comparing it to the price of renting a car.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 25, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Josh Says...

Hi. My partner and i will be staying at the Cabana Resort in November. What is the best way to get from the Airport to th

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Aug 31, 2015 at 7:39 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Josh,

You can get a shuttle to the hotel through Mears. We always recommend you do the math, though, because sometimes renting a car can be more affordable.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 13, 2015 at 1:01 a.m. Andrea Says...

Hi! I was just wondering if they provided continental breakfast included and also if there is a place close by to buy groceries to bring to your room to save on money because my kids will eat me out of a house and home and I can't imagine how much that would cost lol

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Aug 20, 2015 at 1:31 p.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Andrea,

Continental breakfast is not provided. There is a Walmart and Whole Foods nearby that you could take a cab to.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 10, 2015 at 1:35 p.m. daria Says...

Planning on universal trip end of aug & beginning of sept. How early in advance do i purchase tickets? (are they just activated the first day you use them) Are they physically sent by mail? Thanks for any help

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Aug 11, 2015 at 9:48 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Daria,

I would purchase now so that you can get them sent to you before you leave. Standard shipping is FREE!

Mommy Frog

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Aug 4, 2015 at 4:29 p.m. Debbie Says...

We are coming to Cabana bay next week for 10 days. We have a courtyard poolside room. What will we be closest to on that side of the hotel? Also can we take the shuttle bus to the other universal property so we can use the water taxi? What is the difference in where we are let out at the park if we ride the shuttle bus vs. taking the water taxi? Does the shuttle bus take us to City Walk? And my final question is are we allowed to use an electric griddle in our room?

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Aug 5, 2015 at 9:14 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Debbie,

Do you know if you have a Lazy River or Cabana-side courtyard room? I would need to know that. The shuttle buses do not go to the other hotels, and drop off at Universal CityWalk's bus dropoff area. From there you have to go upstairs and cross over a bridge to CityWalk. The water taxis drop off at little closer to the parks in front of the lagoon, but it's probably a 5-minute difference. It's about a 15-20 minute walk from the hotel to the parks.

An electric griddle should be fine and quite ingenious ;)

Mommy Frog

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Aug 1, 2015 at 5:56 a.m. Maggie Hodgson Says...

Hi

Can we hirer a car from the cabana. Is there car hirer on site ?

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Aug 1, 2015 at 8:54 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

Concierge can help arrange a driver for you if that is what you would like. Most of the Universal hotels do have drivers nearby.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 28, 2015 at 9:15 p.m. Maggie Hodgson Says...

Hi

We arew staying at the cabana. Can we pick up a hirer car from the cabana and which firm would it be

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Aug 3, 2015 at 6:52 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Maggie,

Universal's concierge can most definitely arrange a driver for you, and you might contact them in advance to see who they typically use.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 26, 2015 at 8:05 a.m. lisa moore Says...

Hi we are staying here in August and I would like to know if the resort provides its own pool towels? do we have to pay for these? Thank you.

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Aug 5, 2015 at 11:01 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lisa,

Yes, there are pool towels available. Have a great trip!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 24, 2015 at 8:43 p.m. sharon Says...

Hi, can you advise if its a parking permit you receive for cabana bay? Would this cover seaworld and other parks parking if we chose to drive rather than take shuttle? Thanks

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Aug 3, 2015 at 8:03 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Sharon,

You pay a daily fee for parking at Cabana Bay. Unfortunately, it would not cover your parking at SeaWorld, although the shuttle would be free.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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Jul 23, 2015 at 12:28 a.m. jamie Says...

We are staying at Cabana bay in October 2015 for 8 days. There will be six of us I booked a family suite. A little worried we will be cramped? Are the rooms a decent size? Read several reviews and alot of different opinions.

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Jul 27, 2015 at 3 a.m. Dave Says...

You will be cramped. We had to reserve a second room. Save yourself from a bad experience and go on a Disney Cruise, stay at Disney or stay at a Motel 6.

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Jul 23, 2015 at 10:11 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Jamie,

The suites are 430 square feet. While they are laid out well, you might find they are a bit cramped. What are the ages of your party? That might help you decide.

Mommy Frog

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Jul 8, 2015 at 4:48 a.m. Lori Says...

Our family is coming to Cabana Bay in August. Can guest request an area of the Hotel i.e.: top floors, near the bowling alley... Also, what side/area of Cabana Bay is closest to the shuttle pickup point and/or the walking path to the parks.

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Jul 9, 2015 at 9:12 a.m. FrogBlog Says...

Hi Lori,

Which pool you get depends on which type of room you want, either a standard or a suite. The courtyard side only offers suites. You have several options when booking: standard rooms (lazy river side), poolside rooms (lazy river side), tower family suite (lazy river side) and courtyard family suite (courtyard side). To make special room requests, call 1-800-711-0080.

Hoppy planning!

Mommy Frog

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