Book now before Universal Orlando’s latest resort opens

Guests can now book reservations for Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, the new, 1,800-room hotel at Universal Orlando Resort that will feature value-priced guest rooms and moderately priced family suites. The resorts design was inspired by the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 60s, when the pool was the place to relax after the day’s road trip.

The hotel is scheduled to open in early 2014 - with reservations now being accepted for stays beginning on March 31, 2014.

The North Courtyard at Cabana Bay Beach Resort will feature four-story buildings with open corridors. Each of the 430-square-foot suites will sleep up to six and include a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, a sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs, and an extra-large bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.

The suite buildings will surround a more than 10,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool with a 100-foot water slide, waterfall features and 4,000-square-foot interactive play area. Cabanas will be available to guests for rent, and lounge chairs will ring the deck, backed by zones for sunning, game playing, picnicking and relaxing on the grass.

Families will have two options for experiencing the hotel - value-priced standard guest room rates will begin at $119 per night; family suite rates will begin at $174 per night.

Package rates are available with savings based on length-of-stay; a family of four can stay for seven nights for $47 per person, per-day – including accommodations and tickets to both Universal Orlando theme parks.

Guests at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be just a brief walk from Universal Orlando’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk. Guest benefits include Early Theme Park Admission, complimentary shuttle bus transportation to the theme parks and Universal CityWalk, complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the resort to the hotel and resort-wide charging privileges with their room key.

The South Courtyard, opening later in 2014, will also be inspired by the 50s and 60s, but with an entirely different feel. The South Courtyard will feature a colorful, tropical resort design with serpentine, seven-story towers around a massive pool and lazy-river complex.

A more than 8,000-square-foot, zero-entry pool with a 6,000-square-foot sand beach will offer plenty of entertainment options, including the first lazy river at Universal Orlando Resort, a 700-foot-long feature offering multiple interactive zones. In addition to 300 suites, the towers will feature 900 guest rooms that are each 300-square-feet and that sleep four and include two queen beds and mini-fridge.

Each of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Courtyards will share a two-story arrival building that will also be home to a food court serving traditional American classics along with an ever-changing selection of international cuisine.

Cabana Bay is expected to open just ahead of the new area in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Diagon Alley - with new rides, a restaurant, and shops based on the Harry Potter series.

Just last week Universal Florida debuted its newest attraction last week - Transformers: The Ride 3-D - and adventure that takes guests on a mission to save the world, along with the leader of the Autobots, Optimus Prime.

To book, visit or call 1-888-273-1311.


Clara Bosonetto is a retired travel consultant.

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