Cabana Bay Beach Resort now open — retro theme family vacation at Universal Orlando

In November we got a sneak peek at Universal’s retro-style Cabana Bay Beach Resort under construction in Orlando, Florida. And now — it’s opened its mid mod mad doors. Lively, colorful and hip decor — from the guest rooms…  to the atomic Galaxy Bowl… to America’s first Jack LaLanne Fitness Studio… to a throwback arcade… and more — positions Cabana Bay as a great destination for fans of the 1950s and 1960s. We even hear there’s VO5 shampoo and Zest soap in the bathrooms 🙂 Here’s a look at the new glamour shots of this new, family friendly resort — sure to put a smile on your face.

retro-mod-bar-and-loungeFrom the press release:

ORLANDO, Fla. (March 31, 2014) – Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort officially welcomes its first guests today.  This brand-new value and moderately-priced property is the fourth on-site hotel at Universal Orlando Resort and evokes the classic, retro-feel of iconic beach resorts from the 1950s and 60’s.cabana-bay-signmidcentury-hotel

mid-century-modern-hotel-lobbyLocated on-site at Universal Orlando Resort, the new hotel is a destination within itself – featuring a stunning design with bold colors, retro-inspired architecture and sweeping vistas that transport guests back to a time of relaxation and endless family fun. Cabana Bay guests can experience incredible amenities throughout the hotel, including:

  • Bowling a strike at the 10-lane Galaxy Bowl
  • Channeling the godfather of fitness at the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio
  • Racing down the iconic dive tower waterslide and splashing into a 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool in the Cabana Courtyard
  • Enjoying a retro-themed specialty cocktail from Swizzle Lounge or Atomic Tonic
  • Finding something delicious for the entire family at Bayliner Diner, a food court with  something for everyone to enjoy including a salad bar, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta and grab-and- go items
  • And this summer, guests will be able to enjoy even more incredible amenities, including a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, Universal Orlando’s first lazy river at an on-site hotel, The Hideaway Bar & Grill, and additional moderately-priced family suites and value-priced standard guest rooms.   When complete, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will feature a total of 1,800 rooms – 900 family suites and 900 standard guest rooms.

Retro-Galaxy-Bowlretro-style-bowling-alleyStarting today, guests can stay in a family suite, which sleeps up to six people and includes a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, a sliding partition for privacy, two flat-screen TVs and a bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.  Cabana Bay guests also get exclusive benefits only available to on-site hotel guests at Universal Orlando, including Early Park Admission to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter one hour before the theme park opens.

mid-century-lobby-cabana-bayRates for the family suites begin at $174 per-night, and can run as low as $134 per-night depending on the length of stay.  Rates for the standard guest rooms – which will be available this summer – begin at $119 per night, and can run as low as $93 per-night depending on the length of stay.

Jack-LaLanne-Physical-Fitness-Studio“We’ve sought to create a special place where families can spend time together and create long-lasting memories outside of the theme parks,” said Russ Dagon, Vice President and Executive Project Director, Universal Creative. “From the moment they step inside, families will be transported back to a different, more relaxing time.”

retro-hotel-room“We are thrilled to finally welcome guests into Cabana Bay Beach Resort,” said Adnan Bizri, Managing Director, Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort. “This is the perfect addition to Universal Orlando’s already stellar line-up of properties, allowing families to continue a wonderful vacation well beyond the theme parks.”

vintage-style-swimming-pool retro-hotel-cabana-bay Retro-Cabana-bay-sign Cabana-Courtyard-Pool Cabana-bay-retro-hotel cabana-bay-poolThere are also several videos showcasing the resort and its amenities — they are pretty darn fun!:


Mega thanks to Universal Parks & Resorts PR department for supplying us with photos and videos of this amazing retro-style resor — nicely done! All images © 2014 Universal Orlando Resort. All rights reserved.

  1. Lydia says:

    I just went to see the cost, off season is the best $119.00 a night, or one of their suites is $174.00, that is the one with seperate livingroom area.

    This hotel is way to great, I would love to visit there

  2. Erin in Ohio says:

    My DH and I just returned from a week-long stay at Cabana Bay. It was so very, very cool! The staff members at the hotel were really friendly. Most of them asked the same questions, “Are you going to the parks? Are you going to the beach? What brings you down here?” No one expected our answer “No, we are not going to the parks or the beach…or really anywhere. We came here specifically to stay at your hotel. We love all things mid-century, and we couldn’t wait to see this place.” 🙂 We saw so many things while there that we wished we could have at home. Hmmm…I think maybe Pam and/or Kate should pay the hotel a visit and do a “sourcing” story for us — where did they get those floors, those bedspreads, those chairs, those room dividers, those countertops, etc.? And how can we get our hands on some of this fun stuff? Pretty please…

    1. pam kueber says:

      Sounds good to me! We’re just back from The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale — and need to recover from that first! So glad you liked it!!!!

  3. G S says:

    I just returned from a stay while I attended a conference. Really fab! The suite was really well done. Plus, it is easy shuttle to Universal City Walk. We went to the park in the morning, came back for the pool, then went back at night.

    There is a Starbucks onsite. The rest of the resort with the lazy river and the sit-down restaurant is scheduled to open in a couple of weeks.

    I didn’t really see enough space for a conference/convention, unfortunately.

    It cost me about $17 each way to the Orlando Convention Center.

  4. Joe Felice says:

    Where are we in the planning phase for our Retro Renovation Convention? I am stoked! I do not travel often, and am definitely not a tourist, but this is one convention I will not miss. I will plan on spending an entire week there with my fellow RRers, and I looking forward to meeting our king and queen–Cullen and Nora. I am so excited. (Of course, I look forward to meeting Pam and Kate, also!)

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