Universal Orlando has announced that they will be opening up a new hotel in 2014 for guests of the park. It will be called Universal’s Cabana Beach Resort and will contain 1800 rooms. The opening of the hotel will coincide with the opening of their second Potter-land at Universal, which is rumored to be Diagon Alley and/or a Hogwarts Express ride.
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Half of those rooms will be “family suites” — lower-end suites with room for as many as six people. Universal said the hotel will be modeled after a large, sweeping motor court, to evoke the road trips many Americans grew up enjoying when on vacation. Renderings of the hotel show a retro-style entrance, with clean lines accented by orange-and-turquoise flourishes.
“Our new hotel will give guests an affordable, incredibly themed on-site hotel experience unlike anything else at our resort,” Tom Williams, chairman and chief executive officer of Universal Parks & Resorts, said in a prepared statement. “Our new family suites and family-value pricing will give our guests on-site options they’ve never had before.”
Universal and Loews are positioning Cabana Bay as a more-affordable on-property option than their existing hotels: the 1,000-room Royal Pacific Resort, the 750-room Portofino Bay Hotel and the 650-room Hard Rock Hotel.
Like guests in the three existing hotels, travelers booking rooms in Cabana Bay will get early admission to Universal Orlando’s two theme parks. But unlike guests in the other hotels, they will not receive complimentary front-of-the-line ride passes.
“The Cabana Bay Beach Resort furthers our goal of operating special and distinct properties in important markets,” Paul Whetsell, Loews Hotels & Resorts president and CEO, said in a prepared statement. “This is another important step in our plan to expand the Loews system in major markets across the United States.”
The new hotel will be built on 37 acres adjacent to Universal’s Islands of Adventure theme park, just off Hollywood Way and Turkey Lake Road.
Cabana Bay is being timed to coincide with the opening of a second Harry Potter-themed “land” that is also expected to open in 2014 and will likely deliver another huge attendance surge to the resort.
It’s also the latest example of Universal Parks & Resort’s new corporate owner, cable-TV giant Comcast Corp., sinking money into the theme-park business. With Comcast’s blessing, Universal is also building copies of Wizarding World in Southern California and Japan.