6 Unique Reasons to Love Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

by Carrie with Children with 8 comments

As part of my role as the VISIT FLORIDA Family Insider, my family and I are headed to Universal Orlando Resort this weekend and I couldn’t be more excited to stay at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

While I had the opportunity to stay there last year, this will be my kiddos first visit to the resort and I can’t wait to introduce them to all of the fun things our ‘home away from home’ has to offer families.

Here’s a look at what families can expect at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

6 reasons to love Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Family Suites 

In addition to typical hotel rooms, the resort has family suites that can sleep up to six people. The suites include two queen-size beds, a fold-out bed in the living space, a kitchenette with microwave and a mini-fridge, two flat-screen TVs and an oversized bathroom. Parents can enjoy the extra space once the kids are in bed!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Family Suites Collage

Retro Feel

With a 1950s and ‘60s vibe, the resort definitely sets up a retro feel that’s fun and comfortable. From the V05 shampoo and Zest soap in the bathrooms to the hip artwork on the walls, this resort is themed perfectly. Be on the lookout for old-school cars out front, too – the perfect setting for a fun hotel.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Retro Feel

Galaxy Bowl

The 10-lane bowling alley located inside the resort’s main building is a fantastic spot to have some indoor fun. With bowling alley food and speciality drinks, grab some bowling shoes and challenge your family to a game. They even offer cosmic bowling too!


Bayliner Diner

The on-site, quick-service diner offers meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There’s even an Icee machine with four different flavors – perfect after a day at the parks. The resort also offers refillable mugs for purchase while at the resort, definitely a money saver if you’re a soda drinker.

Outdoor Fun

From the Lazy River Courtyard to the Cabana Courtyard with a waterslide and zero-entry pool, this resort is like a waterpark in itself. There’s even a secured area for families with small children to partake in the fun with a mini-splash waterpark. Poolside cabanas are available for daily rentals complete with a fan, television and a mini-refrigerator.


Resort Property Perks

By staying on property, resort guests receive Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one hour before the theme park opens with valid theme park admission required.

Guests can also take advantage of complimentary shuttle buses and walking paths to both Universal Orlando theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

I’m looking forward to this weekend’s visit and keeping my fingers crossed for great weather too.  This resort is the type of place you could stay at and never even need to visit the parks… unless you needed a Butter beer!

Have you been to Cabana Bay Beach Resort? 


** This trip is part of an upcoming story for VISITFLORIDA.com. My travel and accommodations are provided by VISIT FLORIDA and Universal Orlando Resort. Thoughts and opinions here are 100% my own. ** 


  • Ashley

    This is our #1 bucket list resort for our next Orlando trip. I am so obsessed with the retro theme. And I love that they have family suites. We need the extra room at night. It gets old hiding out by the bathroom after the kids are in bed. 😉

  • Shannan

    That hotel looks like a trip back in time! We really want to do the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. What a great trip – have a fabulous time!

  • Erika

    My husband and I stayed there a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it! You really don’t have to go to the parks because there’s so much to do! We went to the parks but left time to enjoy the hotel as well and glad we did. They play a movie by each pool every night so you can unwind after a long day and the kids could have something to do. There’s fire pits for s’more making and a gorgeous Starbucks there as well. We already booked our next visit there for next month with our son who I know will love it!!

  • Hestia

    I took my children there last year for our first ever real vacation just after it opened. We were there three days/two nights in a suite, early admission to Harry Potter, the pool, the retro theme, the arcade, the amazingly helpful friendly staff…. The experience can never be topped — so we are trying to get back there again. Best time!

  • Joanne Mallon

    We stayed at this place last October and we all have great memories of it. The movies by the pool are such a great way to unwind after a day at the parks. And the children loved having hot chocolate on tap via their refillable cups.

  • pam

    We stayed here last year at the grand opening! Can’t wait to return and see the other side that was still under construction.. 🙂

  • Alice Gibble

    Our family enjoyed this hotel early in March

  • Kimberly Byerley

    We are arriving there next Friday for 6 days, thanks for the info, it was very helpful!!! This will be our first visit 🙂