No doubt, your social media feeds have been blowing up over the past few days about the latest offerings opening this summer at the Universal Orlando Resort. Assuming that you can’t get enough, Theme Park University will be covering the events as well. We’ve got access to a Diagon Alley preview, “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon” and today we take a walk around the fully opened Cabana Bay Beach Resort.
Most noteably, the newest section of Cabana Bay is the new zero-entry pool with surrounding lazy river. Notice the stage in the background which is being prepared for the big media hoopla on June 19th.
The lazy river is short and modest compared to those you’d find at most water parks in Orlando.
However, it’s heavily shaded by palm trees that intentionally lean over the river’s path. As the years go on and these plants mature, it should provide a healthy canopy to provide just a dab of relief from the brutal Florida heat.
A few steps away from the pool is the Hideaway Bar and Grill.
Downstairs there is a full service bar which serves your typical selection of beer, cocktails and frozen drinks.
Adjacent to the bar is a small counter service location featuring burgers, sandwiches and salads.
However, if you round the corner, you’ll find a stairwell which leads to the roof of the Hideaway featuring this beautiful secluded deck seating area.
The area is complete with fire pit, which gets lit at night. Notice the design at the base of the pit. A nice nod to the 50’s motif that is seen throughout the hotel.
The details of this hotel are a thing of beauty. For example, the tile mural behind the front desk depicts a day at the beach.
While across the lobby at the Swizzle Lounge, the mural now represents sunset.
Just down the hall at the Starbucks Coffee lounge, this mural (which looks suspiciously like an oversized game of Connect Four) actually tells a story. The green discs are filled with coffee beans that have just been harvested and as you travel from left to right, you can see how the beans change during the roasting process.
Just a few steps away from Starbucks are classic cars that are on display near the drop off area of Cabana Bay. The 1961 blue Chevy Impala featured above was the same as the model used in the 1963 film, “It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World,” starring Spencer Tracey, Mickey Rooney, Ethel Murman and Sid Caesar.
This 1957 Ford Country Squire Wagon (yes, that’s the actual car model) was the same as the model used in the 1967 film, “Two For The Road,” starring Audrey Hepburn and Albert Finney.
Featured above is a 1963 Ford Thunderbird Sports Roadster that was same model used in an episode of “The Twilight Zone” television series, as well as the feature film “Palm Springs Weekend” starring Robert Conrad, Troy Donahue and Connie Stevens. Even though the Cabana Bay Beach Resort doesn’t have a movie theme, I love the fact that they brought in real movie cars to bring the place to life. A great touch.
The Bayliner Diner features all sorts of comfort foods from cheeseburgers to pizza as well as my personal favorite…
Swedish meatballs with mashed potatoes and gravy. Even the plates bring back a sense of 1950’s nostalgia.
To work off all the gravy, the main pool features an array of activities including billiards, ping pong, checkers and volleyball.
The suites at Cabana Bay feature a small bar with bar stools, a kitchenette complete with microwave and small fridge and a small living room area.
Even though the televisions are stare-of-the-art flat screens, they still feature a small wooden frame to make it look like the faux paneling found on old black and white television sets back in the 1950’s.
However, the resort isn’t quite finished yet. A pedestrian bridge is being added from Cabana Bay that will connect it to CityWalk, giving guests the option of walking instead of taking the busses that depart near the lobby every 15 minutes. All in all, it’s a beautiful resort that needs to be seen next time you visit the Universal Orlando Resort. Make sure to follow Theme Park University on Twitter and like our Facebook Page!