Cabana Bay Beach Resort
Just announced - the hotel will featured The Jack LaLanne Fitness Center, named after the fitness expert of the 50s, 60s, and 70s. Going along with the retro feeling of the hotel, the fitness center will be filled with photos of LaLanne, as well as trophies, artifacts and even a statue of him. Old episodes of his show will play on the TV.
Russ Dragon, vice president and executive project director of Universal Creative, said, "When you think of fitness during these ionic decades, Jack LaLanne just resonates in our minds. The partnership with the LaLanne family will complement the new property wonderfully."
Opening March 31, 2014! - Now accepting reservations!
Universal Parks & Resorts and Loews Hotels & Resorts have announced Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a new affordable on-site option for families visiting the theme parks.
Unlike the current three hotels (Loews Portofino Bay Hotel, the Hard Rock Hotel and Loews Royal Pacific Resort), Cabana Bay will feature 900 family suites that will sleep six and include kitchenette areas.
In addition to the suites, 900 standard rooms will also be available. According to Universal, the hotel will have a much different theme than the resort's current offerings. It is designed to remind guests of "the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families - spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway, where families relaxed and played after a long day's drive." Clean lines, bright colors and neon signs will accomplish the vintage feel. Two themed pools will give guests a place to relax and enjoy the atmosphere. The hotel will offer a bowling alley for added entertainment. A Starbucks will be located in the hotel's lobby.
The plans for Cabana Bay sound strikingly similar to Walt Disney World's newest resort, Art of Animation, which also features six-person suites, as well as standard rooms, and is marketed as a value priced family hotel.
Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, said, "Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort. Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they've never had before."
Guests at Cabana Bay will receive early entry to the theme parks, just like guests at the three current on-site hotels, but they will not receive the complimentary Universal Express Unlimited Access. Removing the front-of-the-line passes is an interesting development; Universal is ultimately now dividing their guests into a sort of "class system" based on their level of accommodations. Therefore, only those who stay at the higher priced hotels get front of the line access. While there have been rumors of Disney offering Fastpass priority to their on-site resort guests, it has yet to come to fruition.
Transportation to the theme parks will be by bus. There are no boat transfers.
The new hotel will be located on a 37-acre plot of land adjacent to Islands of Adventure just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road.
- Cabana Bay Beach Resort to feature Jack LaLanne Fitness Center - Going along with the retro feeling of the hotel, the fitness center will be filled with photos of LaLanne, as well as trophies, artifacts and even a statue of him.
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