An Insider's look at the new Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando
Written by Krista Joy
On March 31st, 2014 Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened its main public spaces and the North Courtyard guest buildings. Come join me and lets take an inside look! You should know, however, that this was not the official grand opening. We still have additional family suites, standard guest rooms, The Lazy River Courtyard, a second 8,000-square-foot zero entry pool, AND Hideaway Bar and Grill, to look forward to. These are expected to be available June 16th, 2014. Still, there is still a lot to see - so let's get started.Tweet
Outside, the iconic sign welcomes us as we drive up.
Classic cars are on display.
I don't know how long it will last, but for now, we can even get inside and play with the windows and locks.
The lobby is gorgeous, open, and spacious!
Hey it's the beautiful Cabana Bay girls!
Let's go upstairs from the lobby to the Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio.
My husband tried out the gym already, and he said the equipment was amazing and everything was brand new. Since I didn't seem to get any photos, we will have to take his word for it.
Now, let's check out the Galaxy Bowl.
There is a great menu at Galaxy Bowl, with lots of food choices as well as cocktails, beer, and wine.
Now we will head down the spiral staircase and find ourselves at Starbucks!
There are beautiful Weeki Wachee inspired murals on the walls as a nod to the classic Florida state park and the iconic Starbucks mermaid.
Check out the coffee bean wall. It shows the life cycle of the Starbucks coffee bean from field to grinder.
A bit further back, there are wonderful smells coming from the Bayliner Diner! This food court has something for everyone to enjoy including a salad bar, burgers, sandwiches, pizza, pasta, and grab-and-go items.
This place is enormous!
The beautiful weather is calling us - so let's head back out towards the pool - and maybe stop by the Swizzle Lounge.
Upon exiting the lobby we have found the first of two pools that Cabana Bay will have upon completion.
This is the larger of the two. The water slide winds through a dive tower... but no diving off of it please... it's just for show! Sliding however is encouraged. The slide ends with a splash into this 10,000 square foot zero-entry pool.
There is also a hot tub that is not pictured here, but check out all the cabanas there are to enjoy!
The band is loud - but they sound great! They're playing mostly contemporary hits instead of the expected 50's and 60's music.
Look to the left to see the Atomic Tonic Pool Bar.
The signature drink is delicious!
This is the Kids Splash Pad.
Later we can relax by the fire pit.
For now, let's take a stroll along the blue bubble walkway...
to Flamingo Park
where we can sit at a picnic table under retro style pavilions.
Now let's head up to the family suite in the Thunderbird wing. It's a great view from up here on the 4th floor!
The first thing we see inside the family suite is the darling little kitchen area.
The couch pulls out into a sofa bed.
There is a nice room divider that slides shut for privacy.
Turn around to see the bathroom. To the left you have a sink and shower.
In the middle there is another sink and mirror - and to the right - a private water closet.
I hope you enjoyed this inside look at Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort! Thanks for coming along with me today. I think this resort is really "swell" and it's exciting to know it's just the beginning! What do you think of the resort? Share your comments with us - and have a "groovy" day!
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