The Universal Orlando Resort has made an exciting announcement this week concerning their resort lodging options. In 2014 a new resort called the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will be open to the public and will offer both moderate and value-level rooms, including family suites that can sleep up to six and standard rooms. The new hotel will be operated by Loews Hotels & Resorts, who also operates Universal’s other 3 resort options, and will have 1,800 rooms over some 30+ acres adjacent to Islands of Adventure.

I could not be more thrilled with the themeing of the new resort. According to Universal, the resort will be themed to “evoke the driving vacations so many Americans grew up enjoying with their families – spending time at sweeping motor courts just off the highway. . .” From the conceptual artwork, part of which you can see below, that is precisely the vibe I get from the design. It seems to be a neat blending of 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s highway vacation spots where Polaroid cameras were snapping those classic looking vacation memories that are still nestled away in photo albums all over the country. I don’t think I’ve seen a similar themed resort anywhere in themeparkdom, which makes this incredibly exciting and right up my alley.

It appears this resort will be the most value priced of the Universal Orlando Resort options, creating a more manageable on-site possibility for the flock of families coming into Orlando to see the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. The resort will offer all the perks of the other resorts, such as early admission to the parks, with one glaring exception – the Cabana Bay Beach Resort will not provide guests with complementary Universal Express tickets (those precious things that get you to the front of the line). For Rex and the Beast, that is pretty much a killer. However, we will certainly be experiencing the Cabana Bay Beast Resort in 2014 to experience the new offerings of this amazing looking resort. It will take a pretty incredible experience to knock the Royal Pacific out of our top spot, but this is great news for USF.