Growing up in Utah, Orlando was the dream. The parks were bigger, the sun was obviously brighter, the rides were more legit and the palm trees were Florida palm trees, which made them extra exotic. I finally had my chance to visit Universal Orlando for the first time this month and the dream was everything I had imagined it to be. Not only were the rides just as big as I’d imagined, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is the new standard to which I hold all theme park attractions. There’s also this entire side of Universal Orlando that I had no idea existed, one for little kids just like Addie and Vivi. Had you asked me a month ago who Universal was meant for I would have said teenagers and their dads, now having gone my tune has changed and I’m ready to go back with my kids.
While there, we were guests at the Loews Royal Pacific Resort and we were treated to dinner at the Loews Portofino Bay Resort. I joked with Cody that the Loews Portofino Bay may be the closest we ever get to affording Italy in this lifetime. Both resorts were lovely, but they would have been rough on a family bigger than 4. Doesn’t it seem like all of your vacation options change once you hit 5? Universal Orlando realized this and is opening the more moderate and value priced Cabana Bay Beach Resort in response.
We drove by the construction site and it has a super hip retro feel to it, similar to all the cute beach motels by my grandparents house in Southern California. The best part is that the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will offer family suites that sleep up to six with a kitchenette with microwave and mini-fridge as well as a sink. If you’re a value minded parent when it comes to travel then you’ll know how much a kitchenette suite can save you and your family in a week. The resort will also boast two huge pools with sandy beaches, a lazy river, waterslide and 10 lane bowling alley. Guests staying at the resort will also have early access to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, as well as bonus and easy access to City Walk and all the Universal theme parks (when theme park admission is purchased separately.)
Now through January 31, 2014 you can make reservations to be one of the very first guests to stay at the new Cabana Beach Resort March 31 – June 14, 2014 for a steal. Family suites that sleep up to six can be had for as little as $104/night for a 7-night stay. The same suite is only $134/night when booked for a three night stay.
Six people. Brand new resort. $104/night + a kitchenette, access to great entertainment, pools and family fun? That’s doing travel right.
Visit Universal Orlando online or call 888-273-1311 to find out more about these exclusive preview rates for Universal Orlando’s newest affordable family resort.
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