Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Orlando Resort, Orlando

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 one hour before the theme parks open (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. The hotel is within walking distance to all three theme parks and the Universal CityWalk, dining and entertainment complex, or you can take complimentary shuttle buses that whisk you back and forth. It’s affordable family fun of a bygone era, and it’s all at Universal Orlando Resort.


  • Bar
  • Swimming Pool
  • Families
  • Theme Parks
  • Close to Universal Orlando Resort
  • Wheelchair access
  • Fitness Centre/Gym
  • Games Room
  • Internet Access
  • Free transport to theme parks
  • Restaurant

Where is it

Within easy walking distance of both Universal Orlando theme parks Universal Studios Florida and Universals Islands of Adventure, plus Universal CityWalk entertainment complex. Transfer time from airport: 20 minutes.

Hotel information

2,200 total rooms. Tower Standard Rooms are 300sq ft and feature 2 queen-size beds, iconic décor, and a 40" flat screen TV, sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Volcano Side Rooms with stunning views of Universal's Volcano Bay™ sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children..

Tower Poolside Rooms offer pool views, sleeping maximum sleeping maximum 4 adults or 2 adults and 2 children.

Courtyard Family Suites, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Courtyard Family Suites Poolside offer pool views, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Tower Family Suites, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

Tower Family Suites Poolside offer pool views, sleeping maximum 6 adults.

2-Bedroom Suites sleeping maximum 8 people.

  • Booking Bonus Stay at any Universal Orlando Resort hotel, and you’ll have access to our exclusive v-hub lounge at Universal’s Aventura Hotel. Enjoy a free light morning snack before your Early Park Admission† to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, or a cuppa in the afternoon to recharge for an evening of adventure. Click here to find out more.

Why is this a Virgin Holidays Favourite?

Fantastic family hotel at Universal Orlando Resort

Family Suites available offering additional space for larger families

Exclusive Virgin Holidays benefits:

  • Complimentary self-parking for all Virgin Holidays' customers, saving $12 per day
  • Guaranteed late check-out available exclusively until 1.00pm
  • Complimentary welcome drink (for guests aged 21 or older. Valid photo ID may be requested). Guests under 21 years will receive a non-alcoholic drink voucher
  • Float Away with two complimentary inflatable rubber rings for use on the lazy river
  • The above offers are available for stays completed until 31 Dec '20.

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

Food Court with 4 unique food stations including Grab ‘n Go items. Galaxy Bowl Restaurant (casual table service in an old-school bowling alley). 2 Pool Bars. Lobby Lounge. Starbucks® coffee shop. Limited pizza delivery*.

2 swimming pools. The Cabana Pool features a fun, interactive water play area for the kids. Lazy river. Cabanas* and waterslide. 10-lane bowling alley*. Complimentary fitness centre. Game room*. Poolside games and activities.

Universal Orlando Attraction Ticket Center. Universal Studios Store.

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. For more information and contact details please check out our Special Assistance page

2 nights at all times.

*Denotes local charge.

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

HARRY POTTER characters, names and related indicia are © & ™ Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Harry Potter Publishing Rights © JKR. (s19)

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

©2019 Starbucks Coffee Company. All rights reserved. Cabana Bay Beach Resort TM & © 2019 UCF Hotel Venture II. All rights reserved.  Universal elements and all related indicia TM & © 2019 Universal Studios. All rights reserved.

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Oct 21, 2019 barbo1220

Family suite was perfect place to relax after long day at theme parks and/or getting wet at hotel pools. Pool slide was fun for adults and kids alike. Bowling lounge was something we never would have thought of but had SO MANY LAUGHS!
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Oct 21, 2019 aarwarren Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Great Resort and wonderful Family experience. The Bay liner Dinner was great !! Rooms are nice but on the smaller side. I had a room with a pullout bed (4 people in room) and it still felt small. WIFI hit or miss, you can pay $15.00 a day to upgrade WiFi but that is $$.
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Oct 21, 2019 ramonaabarton Grafton, Massachusetts

Overall, Cabana Bay very nice place to stay. Food in the dining court was better than I expected. My only complaint was everything was super sized. I wish there were 2 size options for adult meals. I would highly recommend this hotel to friends and family.
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Oct 21, 2019 23hanneh Bergen, Norway

You will not regret a stay here, everyone is super nice and helpful. Any issues we had were resolved super fast. Lots of entertainment and close to the park with excellent shuttle commute system to the park (universal)
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Oct 21, 2019 Judy H Auburn, Indiana

Took my 3 10yr old granddaughters to Harry Potter! Loved our trip and all the experiences of the Cabana Bay Resort! The girls loved the pool and the rooms!! It was extremely convenient to commute to the parks from the resort.