New Universal Resort Offers Value for Families

Exterior of Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, scheduled to open in 2014 at Universal Orlando Resort.

Road trip anyone?

Universal Orlando will create the ultimate road trip stop-over in its new, on-site Cabana Bay Beach Resort, scheduled to open in 2014.

Hearkening back to the day when mom and dad piled the kids into the station wagon and headed for Florida, the Loews resort will have a hip, vintage look, “accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon. Inside areas including the lobby, dining areas and large, comfortable rooms will follow suit. The hotel will have two themed pool areas.”

Family suites -- there will be 900 -- will sleep six and include a kitchen area.

There will be 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, with kitchen areas, and 900 standard guest rooms. The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Islands of Adventure. Site work will begin soon, with pricing, construction completion and room availability dates to be announced.

According to the Orlando Sentinel:

Universal and Loews would not say how much they expect to spend building Cabana Bay nor how the cost will be split. Universal Orlando’s three existing hotels are owned by a joint-venture in which Loews holds a 50 percent stake and Universal has a 25 percent share. The remaining 25 percent is owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida, which owns the Hard Rock brand.

Cabana Bay is being timed to coincide with the opening of a second Harry Potter-themed “land” that is also expected to open in 2014 and will likely deliver another huge attendance surge to the resort.

Officials say the new resort will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and and service that come with staying at the other three Loews resorts, Portofino Bay, Hard Rock Hotel, and Royal Pacific. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges, but will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.

Unlike the 1950s, however, families will hitting the road in their minivans. Or SUVs. Complete with GPS, DVD players, and cupholders.


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