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Hotel Review Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando

Did somebody switch me with Micheal J. Fox in back to the future because I swear I’ve time traveled. I am in absolute love with the all-new Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando. Having just reached completion in June 2014, this new Loews Hotel property made its way to the top of my list of family-friendly resorts. We recently stayed at Cabana Bay Beach Resort during our trip to Universal Orlando to explore the all new Harry Potter, Diagon Alleyand boy were we in awe at all the cool things happening from the drive upright to the bar of soap! We gave the Cabana Bay Beach Resort 99 Fairytale Sleep points for family-friendly amenities, design, convenience, and value. Check it out!

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Swank sign guys!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort at First Glance

Someone was wearing their blue suede shoes when they came up with the concept for this property. The first thing I thought when we pulled up was,

Oh my gosh this place is soooooo cool!

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Check out these awesome vintage wheels! LOVE!

From there my jaw remained on the floor until I drifted off into a cocktail-sun-and-fun induced coma. Well not really, but you get the point. Every single detail of this place was decked out in Atomic-age, the fifties, retro style. Literally everything. We pulled up to the front and were greeted by fifties-beach uniformed staff, then the music kicked in. Elvis, the Beach Boys, was I dreaming?

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Get a load of the old motel flare!

Family-friendly Amenities

There’s no shortage of things to do for the whole family. Whether you want to roast in the Florida sun or make a splash; the two resort pools offer both a giant slide and a lazy river. All surrounded by lush tropical landscape, poolside bars for your adult beverages, beach music, volleyball and activity areas, fire pits, and cabanas. By night enjoy a beautiful atmosphere of soft LED lights that bounce color from the water and gleam with the neon retro ‘motel’ signage surrounding the pool.

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Check out the dining room next to the Bayliner Diner. Totally awesome, love the big screens that loop old cartoons and black and white TV shows.
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Wait, where’s my cabana boy?
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Bowling anyone?

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Way cool how they made this all about Jack LaLanne.


Inside you have a late-night bowling alley (a fifties-era favorite of course) a fitness center (inspired by the famed weightlifting legend of the fifties Jack LaLanne), and the Bayliner Diner where you can serve yourself up just about any type of food you like. Sit in the atomic-aged retro dining room and watch old films and cartoons project on two giant digital screens. See for yourself!


The atomic-age design is so much fun. They really nailed all the details here with payphones, the fifties inspired furniture, and even fifties inspired bathroom amenities. Such a hoot! At the front of the building, you will see cars from the fifties that serve as props to really bring everything together and make you feel like you were warped back in time.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
You know before I had the Little Fairytale Traveler I collected vintage furniture. This just makes me warm and fuzzy.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
And I do mean every detail…
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Every detail is retro-inspired.
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Diggin the halls.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
It’s all the vintage swank with modern pizzazz.
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Loving the retro-themed signage everywhere.


Located at Universal Orlando Resort, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is just a short shaggin wagon’s ride from City Walk and Universal theme parks. You guessed it, that bus picks you up at the fifties inspired bus stop and carts you right over there in five minutes. No parking, no dealing with excessive walking (cause we all know you’re gonna be walking your butt off all day anyway), just easy access to City Walk. Perfect. Of course with all the food options on property, you can easily get breakfast before you go along with lunch and dinner. There’s an on-site Starbucks as well which I thought was just fantastic.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
I’m no Vanna White but this shaggin wagon is the jam.

Guests of ALL Universal Orlando on-site hotels, including Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, enjoy:

  • * Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter™, one hour before the theme park opens (valid theme park admission required)
  • * Priority seating at select restaurants
  • * Complimentary delivery of merchandise purchased throughout the destination to your hotel room
  • * Resort-wide charging privileges with your room key card
  • * Enjoy dinner with some of your favorite Universal Orlando characters at select hotel restaurants
  • * Start your day with a wake-up call from one of your favorite Universal Orlando characters!
Cabana Bay Beach Resort Universal Orlando
Late-night cocktails? Yes please, a perfect way to end the night while everyone else is in a sun coma. Time to write!


So bottom line, what’s the bang for your buck? Rates at Cabana Bay Beach Resort are moderately priced with Florida resident discounts as low as $79 / night! HOLLA! We did find the cocktail prices to be a bit high and the bowling was pretty steep, but the dining was actually very reasonable and with all the options there we saved a lot. You’re not getting a better deal. With the swank style, convenience, and quality commitment of Loews Hotels, this is a definite family WIN!

For more information on  Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando check out their site!

Note: This review was made possible Loews Hotels and Universal Orlando Resorts. While we received a complimentary stay, it in no way changes our opinion of this property. We think Cabana Bay Beach Resort is the bees knees.

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Chief Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. She started traveling the world in 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

26 thoughts on “Hotel Review Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal Orlando

  1. What a cool hotel! You’re right in asking whether you have travelled back in time. I love the attention to detail , and the Jack La Lanne fitness centre 🙂
    I can imagine they also play 50’s music in the hotel too! Whenever I take those “what era should you live in” quizzes I always get the 50’s so this is a good place (and the only place maybe?) to live in an era you werent born in!

  2. I’ve been to Universal many many times, but I’m usually loyal to Disney hotels. Looks like I’m gonna have to betray Walt and try this out next time though. Cabana Bay looks AWESOME!

  3. Love Universal! I haven’t stayed at any of the hotels though–this looks like a great spot and love the convenience. I’ll have to look into staying there next time!

  4. We stayed at Universal’s Portofino Bay when we were there in January, but I will definitely consider Cabana Bay for our next visit. I like that Value price. My kids would probably enjoy Cabana more since the theming is so much retro fun. And hello, a Starbucks? Yet another point for Cabana Bay. Thanks for introducing me to this hotel.

  5. Wow that has to be the coolest retro looking hotel ever!! It’s too bad I’m not a Florida resident for those amazing rates eh but I’ll have to check it out if I’m ever in the area. Super cool indded!

    1. Adelina, I’m not sure as those rate tend to vary with the seasons. It’s best to check the link I provided to find out. I know it’s a family budget friendly property, so it’s not outrageous ever. For all the perks it’s a total value.

  6. Haha, I love the retro 50s theme of this place! Seems like such a cool thing to be able to step back in time like this. Looks like they have nailed all the little details that make it feel authentic, and cool. Would love to visit some day!

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