Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

Virgin rating

The hotel

Enjoy vibrant, retro-style with rooms and suites brilliantly designed for family-sized fun and affordability. Relax and play, surrounded by amazing iconic architecture inspired by classic Florida beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s. Two towers offer the best views of Universal’s Volcano Bay water theme park. You’ll enjoy endless family fun with two massive pools including a water slide and a lazy river, 10-lane bowling alley*, and Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal’s Volcano Bay up to one hour before the theme parks open (select attractions, valid theme park admission required). The whole family can stay comfortably in family suites that sleep up to six, complete with a kitchenette, or relax in one of the hotel’s standard rooms that sleep up to four. You're just a short walk to Universal's Volcano Bay and a quick, free shuttle ride to Universal Studios Florida and Universal's Islands of Adventure, as well as Universal CityWalk entertainment complex.

Amenities

  • Wheelchair access
  • Families
  • Bar
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Restaurant
  • Safety Deposit Box
  • Swimming Pool
  • Close to Universal Orlando Resort

Where is it

Just a short walk to Universal's Volcano Bay water theme park, and Universal's Citywalk via a guided path, or a short hop on the shuttle to all Universal parks. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

2,200 total rooms. All with air-conditioning, complimentary WiFi, HDTV, mini-fridge, hairdryer, coffee machine, safe, and iron and ironing board. 

Standard Rooms are 300 sq ft and have views of the courtyard and pool, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Volcano Bay View Standard Rooms have amazing views of Universal's Volcano Bay, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Poolside Standard Rooms have views of the courtyard and pool, with 2 queen-size beds, sleeping maximum 4 people.

Family Suite - Exterior Entry are 430 sq ft and have a living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, outdoor access with your own exterior entry, and 2 queen-size beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 6 people.

Family Suite - Interior Entry are as above, but with access from the interior hallway only.

Poolside Family Suite - Exterior Entry are 430 sq ft and have an exterior entrance, pool views, living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, and 2 queen-size beds plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 6 people.

Poolside Family Suite - Interior Entry are as above, but with an interior entrance only.

Volcano Bay View 2-Bedroom Suites are 772 sq ft and have amazing views of Universal's Volcano Bay, living area separated by sliding partition, a kitchenette with mini-fridge, microwave and sink, 2 bedrooms; one with 1 queen-size bed and one with 2 double beds, plus sofa bed, sleeping maximum 8 people. 

  • Book 7 nights or more for travel before 31 Dec '24 and receive up to 30% off your accommodation rates. Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable.
  • Exclusive Virgin Benefit - Travel until 31st Dec 2024 and receive - Complimentary self-parking (saving $18 per day) - Guaranteed late check-out available until 1.00pm - Float away with two complimentary inflatable rubber rings per room, for use on the lazy river - Complimentary welcome drink (for guests age 21 or older, valid photo ID may be required. Guests under 21 years will receive a non-alcoholic drink voucher). Any applicable offers have been calculated into the prices shown. Offers may not be combinable

Complimentary transportation by shuttle buses or you can walk along guided paths to all 3 theme parks and Universal CityWalk.

Bayliner Diner (food court with 4 unique food stations including grab ‘n go items). Galaxy Bowl Restaurant (casual table service in an old-school bowling alley). The Hideaway Bar & Grille and Atomic Tonic (poolside bars serving snacks and drinks^). Swizzle Lounge (lobby bar). Shakes Malt Shoppe (serving smoothies, sundaes and more). Starbucks®. Limited pizza delivery*.

2 swimming pools, including a fun, interactive water play area for the kids, lazy river. poolside cabanas*, and waterslide. 10-lane bowling alley*. Fitness centre. Game room*. Poolside games and activities.

Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key. Complimentary merchandise delivery to your hotel from shops across Universal. Universal Studios Store. Universal Vacation Planning Centre. Complimentary WiFi. Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™ and Universal's Volcano Bay (select attractions, ticket required). Laundry service*. 

Wheelchair accessible rooms available on request. Please note that these rooms are subject to availability and may be restricted to specific room categories and bedding arrangements. Rooms and facilities vary between hotels so please check at the time of booking. To discover all the special assistance services we offer please see additional information below.

HARRY POTTER WIZARDING WORLD and all related trademarks, characters, names, and indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Publishing Rights © JKR. (s23).

Special assistance

* Denotes local charge.

Please note: One person must be 21 years or over in the room to check in.

^ Must be 21+ with a valid photo ID to consume alcoholic beverages.

†Requires theme park admission. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening to either Universal Studios Florida or Universal’s Islands of Adventure as determined by Universal Orlando. Early Park Admission begins up to one (1) hour prior to regular scheduled park opening for Universal’s Volcano Bay. Valid at select attractions at each park. Attractions are subject to substitutions without notice. Additional restrictions may apply.

©2023 Starbucks Coffee Company. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2023 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved.  Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2023 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Apr 8, 2024 KRJ07 New York City, New York

We had a really nice time and enjoyed our stay at Cabana Bay. We had a family suite and the room was very comfortable. The resort overall was terrific, and every person we encountered was friendly and helpful. We arrived early (about noon) and our check in was smooth and the person who checked us in Kayla could not have been friendlier or more… Read more
We had a really nice time and enjoyed our stay at Cabana Bay. We had a family suite and the room was very comfortable. The resort overall was terrific, and every person we encountered was friendly and helpful. We arrived early (about noon) and our check in was smooth and the person who checked us in Kayla could not have been friendlier or more welcoming. Before our trip we saw some confusion in other messages about checking in on line. We booked our trip directly through universal and we never received an email (even checked the spam folder for it) giving us the option to check in online so for those wondering; I don’t know if online checkin is still an option. Regardless in our experience we checked in with Kayla in person and she got us situated , answered our questions and started us off on a really enjoyable stay. The vacation desk folks from where we picked up our pre purchased park tickets were also very professional helpful and friendly. There really was something for everyone at this resort and no matter what time we wanted to go over to the parks or return there was always a shuttle there for us. It was continuous one leaves another is there behind it and it’s just a 5 minute ride but all the drivers were also very friendly and welcoming. Although this resort has a lot of rooms it’s big enough so that we never felt crowded at any time. Overall we really enjoyed staying at Cabana Bay. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Family suite - November 2023

Apr 8, 2024 Aesharpe86 Plymouth, United Kingdom

We visited from 31st October to 5th November 2023 as a family of 5 (3 adults and 2 children). We had an exterior entry family suite - in the Castaway block - which suited us well for our short stay. There were two decent sized beds in the bedroom (along with clothes/luggage storage and the toilet & Bathroom). The living area had a small… Read more
We visited from 31st October to 5th November 2023 as a family of 5 (3 adults and 2 children). We had an exterior entry family suite - in the Castaway block - which suited us well for our short stay. There were two decent sized beds in the bedroom (along with clothes/luggage storage and the toilet & Bathroom). The living area had a small kitchenette and a sofa bed. The room was plenty big enough for the 5 of us and it was nice to turn the sofa bed back into sofa during the day to use as seating. The kitchenette was simple but the fridge was big enough for our needs. Our only grip was that the sofa bed was a little uncomfortable (your ankles were higher than your head when you laid on it). However, we do appreciate that a sofa bed is never going to be a comfortable as a regular bed. The staff were amazing. The check in was smooth and the lady who served us was very informative. We collected our Universal tickets from the Ticket desk in a matter of minutes. The reception is very large with generous seating, along with the bar. Left off of reception is where you get to the Universal Store, Starbucks and food hall. There were various food options, meeting the needs of many a fussy eater. The prices were higher than I’d like but to be expected for a theme park resort. We got a resort mug, which did us well, especially when the kids realised you could put Icees in them. There’s plenty of seating available in the food hall. The two pool areas were fab, especially for little ones. Having a lazy river at the resort was mind blowing for our kids. However, we preferred the other pool just because the water slide and splash area was more entertaining for our little ones. A big highlight was the early access to the theme parks along with the dedicated entrance to Volcano Bay (which you could walk to easily from the resort). The buses to the parks were very regular and I don’t recall ever really having to wait long at either end for a bus. We did walk one day to Lowes Royal Pacific and take the water taxi to City walk. The walk between Cabana Bay and Royal Pacific was very pleasant and didn’t take more than 15 minutes (and that was with two people with very little legs). We loved our stay at Cabana Bay and will definitely be back. Read less
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Apr 7, 2024 511jaclyng

I got a room here last minute because we drove down to Florida faster than expected so I was grateful they had space before we switched to the Loews Pacific Resort for the rest of the week. I knew this was lower-end, but I didn't expect it to be so outdated and dirty. The staff wasn't unpleasant but they weren't friendly. The room was gross and… Read more
I got a room here last minute because we drove down to Florida faster than expected so I was grateful they had space before we switched to the Loews Pacific Resort for the rest of the week. I knew this was lower-end, but I didn't expect it to be so outdated and dirty. The staff wasn't unpleasant but they weren't friendly. The room was gross and dated as was the elevator. I was so glad we only stayed one night and I will never go back. If you can afford it, stay at Loews. It was absolutely amazing. Read less
Image of the Tripadvisor rating Great 1 night stay

Apr 7, 2024 NewPrincess Vaudreuil-Dorion, Canada

Great resort! Huge! We went for 1 night post cruise, our room was ready right away! Spent the day swimming and enjoying the lazy river. You can bring your own floats or purchase on site. Great free shuttle to Universal walk where we spent our last evening in Orlando
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Apr 7, 2024 Monique M Orlando, Florida

The hotel is very quiet, but I didn't like the cleanliness of the beds, the maintenance people are very rude, there was no one to help me, they never fixed my bed when I went outside, it was a complete mess. And apart from that the food is bad in the restaurant everything is far away and there is absolutely no one who thanks you with a smile.