Universal Orlando Resort announces new value-priced resort, no Unlimited Express Pass included
Universal Orlando Resort is set to add another hotel option for its guests, it was revealed today.
The Central Florida theme park destination will once again team up with Loews Hotels and Resorts, who are also involved in the operations of Universal's current three on-site accommodations offerings.
The hotel will be named Cabana Bay Beach Resort and will be themed around classic American driving vacations of years gone by.
Concept art courtesy Universal
The resort will feature a total of 1800 rooms, 900 of which will be large family suites, capable of accommodating up to six people, with the other 900 being standard hotel rooms priced at a value to moderate level.
This is Universal's first major move towards providing value accommodation at the Orlando resort, and could be a move to try and lure tourists away from the increasing value offerings at Walt Disney world.
Whilst many of the amenities and perks offered in Universal's current hotels, including early park admission, will be available at the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal's Unlimited Express Access will not be complementary.
“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts told Orlando Attractions Magazine.
“Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”
Great move for Universal. This is something that their resort fundamentally lacked. LOVE the theme too. Very nostalgic for my childhood.
This is a topic we discussed on TPI a few months ago. We were far ahead of the information release...All in all a good move by Universal. It keeps more guests on property and will be conducive to family needs and budgets. And it will not water down the value of the Hotel Express Pass available at the three deluxe Universal hotels.
Universal's rooms are overpriced, but the big draw for my family is the included FOTL pass. I would not bother staying at this new hotel if it did not include the FOTL pass. Without the pass, off-site hotels are still going to be much more affordable even than this value hotel. Disney has a big draw with their dining plan, something that Universal is severely lacking in.
Universal doesn't need a dining plan, as their sit down restaurant choices are all more reasonably priced than Disney's.
No plans to ever stay at the new resort, but it's a smart move by Universal. Unlimited Exress makes the higher prices at Portofino / Hard Rock / Royal Pacific worht it, however.
like it, I think universals hotels are stunning but they just cost a bit too much for me so with a value package I cant wait to stay there now
In my opinion, the term "value" will be much closer to the Disney hotels definition of value, as opposed to the Orlando hotel industry standard.
Love the expansion, makes me wonder would could have been with Universal's new found spending spree if the property off Universal Blvd behind the Convention center hadn't been sold a few years ago, as that had room for two additional theme parks.
Other aspect with the increased amount of hotel guest getting early access, we also see increased number of attractions open...and also see Universal do extra hours in the evening as well to accomodate those guest
Not having the Express Pass will hurt them I feel. If they do not want to do the Universal xpress they should at least give you a limited option such a 1 each per ride per day or let guests pick 3 or 4 rides to use the option on.
Will the value priced resort include parking? That's the one thing that always bugged me about universal. I have a platinum pass that includes free parking at the parks, but they won't count it towards parking at the hotel so I still have to pay for parking even though I sprung for the more expensive season pass.
I agree on the parking. I think the Disney value resorts have free parking. It is pretty steep at the other UO hotels. And will they have water access to City Walk?
Nice idea, but they could have used that land for a third theme park.
not enough room for a theme park, I would guess due to third parking deck needed or some "monorail" as water taxi wouldn't work
Rather see a water park added to their immediate resort area, but this too will be a good move for Universal. Too bad there wasn't room for a resort and water park. It's still a 2-3 day getaway at best.
Awesome move for the bigger rooms but why not the express pass people will stay off grounds for even cheaper
People, people. There's still more than enough room for an onsite water park after this. No worries.
"classic American driving vacations of years gone by" sounds like maybe Route 66. where would they get an idea like that?
I always thought Universal should build a fourth on-site hotel. With Harry Potter and its inevitable expansion, and perhaps Transformers coming soon to USF, I thought this would be a good move for them, especially considering that when looking at the map of the property, the piece of land this will be built on is not large enough for a third park, or even a decent expansion of IOA.
One thing for sure, Universal would not build an additional 1800 rooms if there was not a need.
As a consumer I would not be interested in staying there and where they lost me is with the No Unlimited Express Pass.
i like the theme, but I wonder why they dont just do ahead and theme it HP.
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