Today Universal Orlando officially opens the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort, welcoming its first guests. Though the entire hotel won’t be open until June 16, the first phase adds value and moderate level rooms in this fourth on-site hotel, themed to retro beach resorts of the 1950s and ’60s.
Take a tour through all of the new hotel’s features and amenities in the videos below, followed by a closer look through photos.
Video: Cabana Bay Beach Resort tour at Universal Orlando – Pool, Lobby, Bowling, Food & more
Video: Cabana Bay Beach Resort family suite room tour at Universal Orlando
The hotel’s vintage look is obvious from the outside and in, beginning with classic cars parked outside the lobby courtyard, circling the hotel’s tall marquee.
Inside the lobby, vibrant colors surround a tower of greenery reaching upward to a skylight. And on this first day, Universal’s popular “Despicable Me” characters Gru and some Minions greeted guests, including helping to celebrate Cabana Bay’s very first family check-in.
Video: Minions welcome first Cabana Bay Beach Resort guests at Universal Orlando
Opposite the lobby desk is the Swizzle Lounge, one of many bars on property serving up quite a few signature drinks. Throughout the entry area, period appropriate music is playing – a mix of doo-wop, rock n roll, along with some mod and jazz tunes.
The guest rooms of this first wing of the Cabana Bay Beach Resort are heavy on the vintage theme, with pastel shades of orange, aqua, and brown mixed with comfortable furniture and modern amenities including flat screen TVs. These family suites sleep up to six people and include a fold-out foam bed, kitchenette, sliding partition for privacy, two TVs and a bathroom with preparation spaces for three people at once.
Even the soaps are retro themed, featuring vintage style labels for Zest and VO5.
Once checked in, guests will find Cabana Courtyard at the center of this first phase, featuring a dive tower water slide and 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool. The slide is simple but fun for all ages, dousing riders at the bottom by a giant waterfall cascading off of the dive tower. (No actual diving is allowed from way up there!)
The pool is surrounded by ample seating in the sun, some of which is set atop sandy “beaches,” giving a convincing feeling of being near the ocean while actually sitting in the middle of busy Universal Orlando roads.