I love this style, the one shot of the pool looks like the scene from the first James Bond movie, Dr. No. Universal outdid themselves on the theming of this place and the prices seem very reasonable to be so close to the parks.
I have no idea what the theme of the fifth hotel is going to be, but I'm sure it will be spectacular.
Can anyway say if the proposed green walkway bridge is already there? It should go from the resort across the road straight into City Walk next to Hard Rock Café.
Who knew that a bowling alley with a few props hung on the wall from the sets of Match Game and Patty Duke would have such a huge appeal. It's a bowling alley folks, and not a particularly big one from what I can tell.
And if you're going elsewhere in Florida on your trip, think about renting the car from a neighborhood place AFTER the UOR part of your trip, so you can avoid paying to park your car on days when, frankly, you don't need it.
That said, judging solely from photos, I think Universal did a MUCH better job of theming Cabana Bay than Disney did with Pop Century.
A trip from LA to Disneyland seemed like a cross country drive. The roadside tourist traps with atomic styled coffee shops are just terrible, but they are affordable and the only restaurant available. Take it or leave it. A burger at Bob's Big Boy is gourmet compared with McDonald's.
The ill fitting clothing never looks good on regular folks and especially with the 60s bouffant hair dos. Too many photographs are fashion NOTs. Cabana Bay will bring everything back into style.
Just looking at the photos gave me a headache. Cabana Bay is retro, but true to the look and feel without being completely tacky. I'm sure there are plenty of people who will feel nostalgic when they see CB for the first time.
Next time I go to Universal, I'll probably look hard at staying there, though if I can afford it, I'll just stay at Royal Pacific because I love the boat access, the beautiful walking path, and the Express Pass. But if I can't swing the cost of Royal Pacific, I'll be more than happy to stay at CBBR as it truly looks like what Disney was too cheap to achieve with Pop Century.
While I do think that Universal did a nice job with the themeing, I just don't find it terribly appealing. I have stayed at Pop Century, and it's tacky and gaudy, but that's part of that resort's theme. This new resort seems to take a nod from Pop Century and focuses it to create that unifying late 50's/early 60's theme, which looks straight out of the old Flamingo or Sands Resorts that met their fates over a decade ago. Considering that long walk to the parks and limited perks, I simply don't see the advantage of this resort over major-brand hotels nearby to UOR. If they had Universal Express, at the $100-$150/night rates, then they'd have me, but with just the early admission, I'd probably just book at the nearby places we've stayed at in the past across Kirkman or on I-Drive.
We make the same cost benefit analysis when determining whether to stay on Disney property as well, and without a significant rate discount or a free dining promotion, we wouldn't stay at Disney resorts either.
Parking fee is probably the only negative, but even with that it's cheaper than the value resorts. And if you do intend to stay there for a few days, you don't need the car. It's just part of cost/benefit. It won't be for everyone.
This place will be packed during Halloween Horror nights for those that don't care about express (since only daytime express is included at the others), but still want to stay onsite.