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Old 07-03-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Question Did you feel your Cabana Rental was worth the $$$? Reviews please!

Well, despite the $248 price tag, I gave in and booked a Cabana today for our Oct 1, 2012 DC day. My 2 boys (20/16) and myself, and my BFF will be enjoying a beautiful day at DC and since my BFF is not a strong swimmer, I thought it best that she have a place she can relax and enjoy if she got tired. I heard that there aren't a lot of shady spots, so having a home base will be a good thing I think! I am having the buoy brought to her as a keepsake gift of our trip, the whole Dolphin swim/DC day is my surprise to her and this will give her a momento of the day. Also she just became a grandma, in Feb, and her grandson will be 8 moths old, so he'll be a good recipient of the Dolphin Plush

Those who've rented the Cabanas......they are pricey, have you felt you got your use out of them??? and was it a good purchase for the day???

Can't wait to try the new experiences at DC, we haven't been since 2009, so we have yet to see the new Grand Reef, and the Fresh Oasis area, as well, my 16yo isn't doing a dolphin swim this time, but he's eager to try Sea Venture!
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Old 07-03-2012, 03:50 PM   #2
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We go on August 29th......so I will be happy to report back after our visit!

If you can find a post by saintstickets (he has posted replies to a few threads in this section), he has a link to his trip report in his signature. He has some good info about the DC cabanas around page 6 or 7 of his TR, complete with photos of the package inclusions too .
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Old 07-05-2012, 12:01 AM   #3
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We go on August 29th......so I will be happy to report back after our visit!

If you can find a post by saintstickets (he has posted replies to a few threads in this section), he has a link to his trip report in his signature. He has some good info about the DC cabanas around page 6 or 7 of his TR, complete with photos of the package inclusions too .
Thanks Gina! Look forward to your thoughts. I am wondering where the best spot for the Cabana would be, right now I have a request ( I know not guaranteed ) in for by the dolphin pool. I wonder also if those ones have the fans, being that they are older than the grand reef ones? Hoping this is a good use of $250 ....being that my BFF isn't a strong swimmer though, I re thought my earlier decision to not get one, and figure it might be best for us after all! decisions, decisions,
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:22 AM   #4
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We go August 17 so I can report back too. We booked a premium package cabana!
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Old 07-05-2012, 09:25 AM   #5
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We went to Discovery Cove on Memorial Day weekend, and had the cabana with the celebration package. LOVED it. When we arrived at the park, after checkin, we had our breakfast, then we were escorted to our cabana at the Grand Reef. First perk was we got our wetsuits/vests from an area that was not "open" yet to the general public, so we walked right up. At our cabana, of course, there was a full fridge and a locker, and also ample towels. A table and two loungers. I can't remember if there was a fan, but if there wasn't, we did not miss having one. When our attendant came by to introduce herself, we requested a different soft drink, which was in the fridge the next time we came by.

We loved having a home base. My kids were 10, 9, and 7. We did everything together as a family (first snorkel in grand reef, aviary, dolphin swim, lunch, lazy river), until the afternoon, which is when we really made use of the cabana. We spent the last part of the day snorkeling in the Grand Reef, and since we were literally on the beach, we could come and go individually.



Enjoy your trip! I'm working on a trip report about our trip to the area, but Discovery Cove is the last place we visited, so I am not there yet (I am currently up to our 3rd day).


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Old 07-05-2012, 11:28 AM   #6
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wavering

we go 8/5 and have been wavering on the whole cabana rental thing. I think it would be awesome but I can't see us spending that much time in it. We are a family of 4 DH, me, and twin10 year old daughters. We are pretty active so that is one negative. The other thing that concerned me were the summer thunderstorms. I would be so mad if we had a storm and had to evacuate our $250 cabana due to lightening. So for now I am holding off. I do agree, they are very nice. Wondering if DC would give you some type of compensation if they make you evacuate.
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Old 07-05-2012, 01:13 PM   #7
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we go 8/5 and have been wavering on the whole cabana rental thing. I think it would be awesome but I can't see us spending that much time in it. We are a family of 4 DH, me, and twin10 year old daughters. We are pretty active so that is one negative. The other thing that concerned me were the summer thunderstorms. I would be so mad if we had a storm and had to evacuate our $250 cabana due to lightening. So for now I am holding off. I do agree, they are very nice. Wondering if DC would give you some type of compensation if they make you evacuate.
I am guessing that they wouldn't compensate you if the evacuation was temporary. For a whole day....they would probably offer to rebook your family for another date. For a portion of the afternoon, I would guess you would be out of luck.

We, too, are worried about the afternoon rains, and that's was a huge factor in our decision to book a cabana. We wanted somewhere to hang out and stay dry if the skies really opened up (fingers crossed no thunderstorms though!!). We also wanted somewhere to get out of the blazing sun if there's not a cloud in the sky and the temps are in the high 90's ('cause hey, you never know!!). We figured the cabana would work well in both situations. Then to have a nice private place to come back to for a snack or lunch....oh, it sounds heavenly . We basically wanted a "home base" that was all ours....no worries then about someone moving your stuff off a chair so they can relax because they think you might not be returning.

We are also very active (we seemed to hardly sit down on our January 1st visit), and wondered if we'd be in the cabana enough to justify the cost, but I think on a hot and humid day, ANY opportunity to kick back and relax in our own private area will be priceless. Having our own private locker, drinks restocked at our request, snacks right in the cabana, all the extra inclusions with the Premium Package (the t-shirt, backpack, photo frame, underwater camera, etc.).......all those little extras just help make it even more special.

Good luck deciding, either way.
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Jan. 2009....onsite at POR: all 4 Disney Parks
Jan. 2012....offsite on I-Drive: Universal Studios, IOA, SeaWorld, & Discovery Cove
Aug. 2012...Westgate Lakes Resort & Spa: Aquatica, Discovery Cove, and more
Dec. 2012...onsite at SW! Christmas week at SeaWorld, Aquatica, Gatorland, airboats, & holiday fun
**Christmas 2012 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3041415
Aug. 2013....Sheraton Vistana Resort: Blizzard Beach, Typhoon Lagoon, Cocoa Beach & more! **August 2013 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?t=3167818

Aug. 2014.....SVR, SW, DC, AQ, TL, Daytona & MORE! **August 2014 Trip Report: http://www.disboards.com/showthread.php?p=51863899


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