Universal Orlando to Add 1,800-Room Cabana Bay Beach Resort

Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts plan to accommodate families looking for high-quality, high-value options at Universal Orlando by building a new 1,800-room hotel.

Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts plan to accommodate families looking for high-quality, high-value options at Universal Orlando by building a new 1,800-room hotel.

The new hotel, called Cabana Bay Beach Resort, will be themed differently than anything else currently available at Universal Orlando, by evoking the driving vacations many Americans grew up enjoying with their families. The developers plan on giving it a hip, vintage look, accented with bold design, dramatic, clean lines, bright, period colors and touches of neon.

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer two distinct experiences within the development’s multiple buildings: 900 family suites, capable of sleeping six, that include kitchen areas; and 900 standard guest rooms offering both moderate- and value-priced accommodations.

“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” said Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer, Universal Parks & Resorts. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”

The hotel will be built on a 37-acre site within Universal Orlando Resort and adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure—just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road. Site work will begin soon. Pricing information, opening timeframes and room on-sale dates have not been released, but according to the official announcement, the Loews Hotels & Resorts-operated hotel is scheduled to open in 2014.

According to the developers, the new hotel will allow families to choose between value pricing or the higher level of benefits and service that come with staying at other on-site Universal Orlando hotels such as Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort. It will provide early park admission, proximity to Universal’s Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios and resort-wide charging privileges, but it will not offer complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access.

Image Courtesy of Universal Orlando Resort

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