Think an Orlando theme park vacation costs too much? Universal has a new hotel for you.
Just before we took our first trip on Hagrid's Magical Creatures Motorbike Adventure, Universal Orlando showed off its seventh (and lowest priced) hotel, which opens June 27.
Rates slide with the length of stay, but even a short stay at Universal's first official "value" resort (Cabana Bay is now "prime value" in Universal's lingo) runs for far less — and with higher resort quality — that you could find in any of Disney's on-site Value hotels.
We took a tour of the 750-room hotel, which occupies the former site of the Wet 'n Wild water park. Surfside's companion, Dockside, is the larger resort going up on the former Wet 'n Wild parking lot and will open in two phases next year.
A two-bedroom, three-queen-bed suite also is available, starting at $131 a night. Surfside offers a surfboard-shaped pool, the "Sand Bar" poolside bar, and Beach Break Cafe food court. Note that Universal Orlando Resort hotel guests enjoy access to the pools at all the other Universal hotels, too.Tweet