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5 Best Things About Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, FL

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When we decided to take our family trip to Universal Orlando Resort, we wanted to make sure we stayed at a hotel that had the best amenities.  While there are a lot of great options, as soon as I saw the Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, I knew I had found the perfect place.

There were so many reasons that we absolutely loved the hotel, but for the sake of time, I wanted to share our 5 favorite things.

5. The Decor

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They say first impressions are everything. When we walked into the lobby of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, we were surprised to see a colorful lobby, decorated with the biggest and most beautiful Christmas trees we’ve ever seen. The decor instantly transports you back to the 50’s and 60’s (even for those of us that weren’t alive yet).  It’s fun, beach-y and super colorful. From the furniture to the cute little shampoos and soaps, they really thought of everything.

4. The Restaurants

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If you are a parent, you know that taking three kids anywhere is a mission. It was so important to us to have the convenience of food in the hotel so that we didn’t have to go out to eat. While we did have a perfect sized fridge in our room to hold the little food and drinks we brought from home, we also had the convenience of 4 different restaurants, a Starbucks and a pizza delivery service!  We wound up at Bayliner Diner™ for most meals.  With different food stations offering selections such as deli items, pizzas, burgers, salads and desserts, you can create a seriously satisfying spread at this convenient food court. And because we were celebrating our birthdays, the hotel comped a free breakfast for me and a free dessert for Falynn.  Everything was delicious, freshly prepared and a perfect sized portion.  One thing we highly recommend is purchasing the refillable cups.  For $17 each, we had free refills through our entire 3 day stay, including coffee, hot chocolate, juice and soda!

3.  The Arcade

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We’ve stayed in so many hotels that had a game room, but this one far exceeded our expectations. Take advantage of timeless arcade favorites before whirling your way into the world of modern video games at Game-O-Rama, located on the second floor of the hotel lobby building. We bought a $25 card which in most places, with three kids, would have lasted us 10-15 minutes.  At Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort, we were able to stretch that out to almost 2 hours of games and fun!  Many of the games offered tickets which can then be cashed in for a huge assortment of prizes. The girls had so much fun “spending” their tickets and left the arcade with a bag full of goodies!

2. The Bowling Alley

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Can there be anything better than a bowling alley right in your hotel?! Galaxy Bowl is the hotel’s very own bowling alley featuring ten lanes of ten-pin action on the second floor of the lobby building. We wound up at the bowling alley on day 2, after we got back from Universal Orlando Resort and the girls had a blast!  We haven’t been bowling in years and I’m all for activities that don’t include a phone in your hand, especially the kind that we can do as a family.  You are able to rent the lane for a certain amount of time and choose whether or not to dine while you bowl.  The food was really yummy and once we were done, we just got in the elevator and headed back to our comfy suite.

1. The Pool and Lazy River

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At the top of the list was the pool and lazy river!  Not only was this our view but it was a part of the hotel that the girls would have hung out at the entire time, if we let them.  The Lazy River Courtyard is home to one of the two sparkling swimming pools that features a winding river, sand beach, the poolside Hideaway Bar & Grill, two fire pits and plenty of outdoor seating perfect for relaxing and soaking up the warm Florida sunshine.  The girls relaxed, had fun and even met some out of town friends.

If you are planning a trip to Universal Orlando Resort, we highly recommend staying at the Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. You will love it just as much as we did.

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  • Subhashish Roy
    August 16, 2019

    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort looks such a lovely place to be holidaying in. I guess with so much on offer you need more than couple of days to experience it all. Happy that you had a great time.
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  • Toughcookiemommy
    August 15, 2019

    The pool and the lazy river look amazing. We are a big water fun family so I know this would be right up our alley come vacation time.

  • Shannon Gurnee
    August 15, 2019

    That looks like such a fun trip! I would love to check that out someday.
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  • Emman Damian
    August 15, 2019

    Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort is one of the places I really want to see at Orlando. I hope to see it soon and enjoy with my niece and nephews! They’ll love it.
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  • Brianna S
    August 15, 2019

    We are going in a few months! I am SOOO excited!!

  • Annemarie LeBlanc
    August 15, 2019

    A bowling alley in your hotel! Wow. That would be fantastic! I do believe we have a trip to Orlando in early spring next year. I will have to check out this resort. Sure looks like an awesome place to stay when we visit Universal Orlando

  • Foodie Find Home
    August 15, 2019

    This is too funny! I was just looking at this hotel on booking for a last-minute Labor Day getaway! I think after reading this post I will go ahead and stay here. I believe that my kids will absolutely LOVE these accommodations and it will be a great vacation. 🙂
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  • GiGi Eats
    August 15, 2019

    That Christmas tree alone totally warmed my heart!!!!! GAH! I love this time of year because it gets me excited that before we know it, the holidays will be here! Ha! Hey, perhaps a holiday trip to the Cabana Bay Beach Resort is in order 😉

  • Ruth I
    August 15, 2019

    It must be very nice to play at the bowling alley. There are so many fun activities to do. Like a vegas for kids.

  • Kelly
    August 15, 2019

    This resort looks incredible! We’ve always stayed on the monorail line before but I definitely think we need to check this one out next time!
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  • Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort sounds and looks amazing! I like planning for our family’s summer trips. I might have to look into going to Orlando, FL next!
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  • Sheddy b Amadi
    August 15, 2019

    Uniiversal Orlando resort is a must visit, I am thinking of visiting any moment soon.

  • Toni | Boulder Locavore
    August 15, 2019

    That looks like a great place to visit!

  • Cinny
    August 15, 2019

    That sounds like a fun resort to stay at! I love that they have a bowling alley!

  • katrina Kroeplin
    August 15, 2019

    that looks amazing! my kids would have a blast here. i have to check this out for them!

  • Wendy Polisi
    August 14, 2019

    This place is something to marvel at. My family and I went there last year and had an amazing time.

  • Celebrate Woman Today
    August 14, 2019

    We’ve stayed there and enjoyed that 50’s look and feel. Very different, very fun.

  • krystal
    August 14, 2019

    The bowling alley makes it that much more fun! Love Universal properties and hope to go back again soon!
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  • Erin Knight
    August 14, 2019

    Cabana Bay Beach resort is certainly a great place for a family trip. I cannot believe how stunning the pool is, with a winding river. Seriously?

  • Amy
    August 14, 2019

    Since I am lt really a Disney person, so think Universal would be right up my alley! Hoping to be able to head there soon for Horror Nights.

  • Jill
    August 14, 2019

    This looks like the perfect resort for some serious family fun. The kids will love all the colors and things to do, and moms and dads are definitely going to love that old school vibe.
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  • Stacie
    August 14, 2019

    I love the throwback vibe of Cabana Bay. That 50’s feel is just so cool
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  • Jeanine
    August 14, 2019

    Looks like a great place to visit! We’d love to visit if we ever make it down to Orlando! That pool and lazy river are calling my name!

  • Brianne Tursi Manz
    August 14, 2019

    I think staying at Cabana Bay sounds like a great idea! There’s so much to do there, and the fun seems never-ending!

  • jenna | the urben life
    December 6, 2018

    On our first trip to Universal, we stayed at Cabana Bay! So fun and cute. We loved being able to take the busses to the park and the easy walk to Volcano Bay. We never floated the lazy river at the hotel but I would love to go back and check it out 🙂

  • Up Run for Life Healthy Lifestyle Blog
    January 21, 2018

    This looks like a fun resort to stay at. My kids would enjoy the arcade, bowling alley, and lazy river.

  • Lynndee
    January 21, 2018

    We’ve never been to Orlando yet, but it sure is on our bucket list. Will keep this hotel in mind. So nice!

  • Mommy Peachy
    January 21, 2018

    Cabana Bay Beach resort looks like such an amazing place to stay. My daughters would love the pool and the lazy river..oh, and the arcade!

  • Catalina
    January 21, 2018

    I love reading reviews, especially kid friendly. This way, when it’s time to plan a trip I know exactly where to search! 🙂 Cabana Bay Beach Resort seems to be the place for us! 🙂

  • Cyn Gagen
    January 20, 2018

    This looks like so much fun! I’d love to take my family here. I know we’d have a great time.

  • Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place
    January 20, 2018

    Talk about an awesome place to go to for a vacation! It has everything that you’ll ever need and more! The kids will definitely enjoy it as well!

  • Tim B
    January 20, 2018

    We haven’t stayed at this hotel during one of our Universal Orlando Resort stays yet. We were going to do a walk through to look it over last time we were there and ran out of time. Your post was really helpful in letting me know this would be a great place to stay with my kids during our next visit.

  • Marysa
    January 19, 2018

    What a cool place! I’d love to take my girls here. I love the theme and decor, and there is definitely plenty for the kids to do. We love swimming and the pools look awesome!

  • sara lafountain
    January 19, 2018

    I have heard that Cabana Bay resort is the best place to stay at universal! Thanks for sharing this great review.

  • 1stopmom
    January 19, 2018

    We went to Disney World last summer and next on my list is to visit Universal. This resort looks likes it has everything you need. We love a good arcade and bowling is always fun!

  • Gisele
    January 19, 2018

    This looks like a wonderful place to stay with kids. I would have loved this when I was a kid. Your daughter loves bowling. That’s so cute how she excitedly jumps up and down.

  • Lynsey
    January 19, 2018

    I have never visited Cabana Bay but it looks amazing, pretty sure my whole family would enjoy staying there!

  • Colleen
    January 19, 2018

    That looks like so much fun for the kids. The hallmark of a great resort experience is one that captivates both parents and kids.

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