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Old 06-02-2013, 10:54 AM   #136
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Here's a shot of the construction on Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I only got one shot today due to a Mears bus being in between me and the construction.

This is out of the car window.



The sign on Turkey Lake Road:
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Old 06-04-2013, 09:38 AM   #137
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Thanks for the pictures, Todd! My sentiment is still "yuck!" but it is nice to see the progress.
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Old 07-27-2013, 02:38 PM   #138
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Thanks for the pictures, Todd! My sentiment is still "yuck!" but it is nice to see the progress.

I agree. I don't understand this theme. But I'm very interested in the lazy river.
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Old 07-29-2013, 12:49 PM   #139
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I agree. I don't understand this theme. But I'm very interested in the lazy river.
How is it hard to understand the theme? Just looking at the concept art it's hard to not notice the "60's motor Lodge" theme/style, From the room decor, to the Building design, and even the huge "Dive Platform" feature by the pools.


IMHO, It's a much more cohesive, thought out, and less tacky theme than sticking a bunch of 20ft props around a generic Motel 6 style building to create the theme.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:00 AM   #140
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I really do not understand this at all. Am I getting this correct, you don't get the front of the line access or fast pass, the way you do with the other Universal hotels? Why stay there then, I don't understand it. Disney has their value hotels, and they still offer many of the same perks that their higher end hotels offer, just at a lower price per room. I personally will NEVER stay there if it doesn't at least allow the fast pass option, NEVER. Very, Very, Very disappointed!
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:08 AM   #141
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I really do not understand this at all. Am I getting this correct, you don't get the front of the line access or fast pass, the way you do with the other Universal hotels? Why stay there then, I don't understand it. Disney has their value hotels, and they still offer many of the same perks that their higher end hotels offer, just at a lower price per room. I personally will NEVER stay there if it doesn't at least allow the fast pass option, NEVER. Very, Very, Very disappointed!
The new hotel will offer early admission and free transportation. There's no way they can still sell express pass, offer it at the deluxe and offer it at the value hotels. It doesn't make financial sense. Why would anyone buy it and why would anyone stay at the more expensive hotels?

Lots of people stay at the hotels that are close to Universal that don't offer any perks. This new hotel will be similar in price to those hotels but will give early admission.

You can't compare the perks that the Disney hotels offer to unlimited express. Those perks aren't even close. And who knows what fastpass+ will bring in terms of similar perks between the different levels of hotels at WDW.
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Old 09-16-2013, 10:47 AM   #142
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Thanks for the response, but that's just my point. There are soooooo many hotels near Universal to stay in that do not have the fast pass, so why stay here? The theme itself looks pretty tacky, and you can find good deals in other hotels nearby that offer other really nice amenities. One of the reasons we love Universal so much are their hotels and getting the fast pass. I know my husband particularly loves the fast pass so much that he enjoys Universal More than Disney just for that reason alone, lol.
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Old 09-16-2013, 02:48 PM   #143
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Thanks for the response, but that's just my point. There are soooooo many hotels near Universal to stay in that do not have the fast pass, so why stay here? The theme itself looks pretty tacky, and you can find good deals in other hotels nearby that offer other really nice amenities. One of the reasons we love Universal so much are their hotels and getting the fast pass. I know my husband particularly loves the fast pass so much that he enjoys Universal More than Disney just for that reason alone, lol.
Because those hotels won't have early admission. Early admission is huge when the Harry Potter rides don't use express pass. I imagine that both Wizarding World and the new Gringott's area will both have daily early admission. I also imagine that no offsite hotels will be able to offer early admission. This will be a huge selling point for Cabana Bay over the offsite value hotels. The water park area of the hotel looks awesome and that in itself will draw people.

Personally, I won't stay there either for the main part of a vacation but I can see where a lot of people will. I'd definitely consider it for the first night if I was arriving late or not going to the parks. I'd also consider it if I was going during an off season time when crowds are low.

We regularly get questions here from people who can't or won't pay the deluxe onsite prices but want early admission and a hotel that is within walking distance. To them, paying the extra cost for the express pass isn't worth it.

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Old 10-19-2013, 08:13 AM   #144
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Thumbs up Love the 60's retro theme!

As a Madmen addict, I am really attracted to the 60' s retro theming. (They should get Don Draper to appear for the opening) We just booked a week for sept 2014. I've stayed at all the UO onsiite hotels and am exited to break this one in!
I could care less about express pass as long as early entry is offered. If you know the parks you know when to go when it isn't that crowded. Last time we rode Harry potter as many times as we wanted with hardly any wait.
I find it amusing that people already hate the hotel but if they can swim in their awesome pool..............lol
I'm just glad for the investment by UO. Seriously I'm glad for the theming and the attention to detail to the hotel and with transformers and diagon alley. We hope Hogwart express is done for us when we get there.
I was there when it all began. I thought with Disney buying marvel, it would cripple UO. It still might. But instead of taking it on the chin they have stepped up and expanded in response. I for one look forward to staying at Cabana Bay and swimming in their pool. Ha
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:37 PM   #145
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[COLOR="Navy"][SIZE="4"][FONT="Georgia"]Here's a shot of the construction on Cabana Bay Beach Resort. I only got one shot today due to a Mears bus being in between me and the construction.
I love the post-war growth period of the late '50's and early '60's and the optimism that it reflected. It really was a golden age of America. This design is an homage to that period.
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I wonder if they will offer AP rates? Right now, prices are decent with the SMSM rate. $101.00/night for our dates. But if they go lower with AP rates, we may have to stay there. We are planning on going for 12 days, so not having express would be ok.

ETA: went back to website and noticed in fine print:

Lazy River Courtyard, Hideaway Bar and Grill, tower Family Suites, and Standard Rooms are not available until the Grand Opening on 07-01-2014.

The lazy river was one of the draws for my family.
Guess we will be back at Royal Pacific in June.

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I wonder if they will offer AP rates? Right now, prices are decent with the SMSM rate. $101.00/night for our dates. But if they go lower with AP rates, we may have to stay there. We are planning on going for 12 days, so not having express would be ok.

ETA: went back to website and noticed in fine print:

Lazy River Courtyard, Hideaway Bar and Grill, tower Family Suites, and Standard Rooms are not available until the Grand Opening on 07-01-2014.

The lazy river was one of the draws for my family.
Guess we will be back at Royal Pacific in June.
Is the Lazy River Courtyard the same as the Lazy River? I suggest you call and ask because the Courtyard sounds like it is just an area near the Lazy River.
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Is the Lazy River Courtyard the same as the Lazy River? I suggest you call and ask because the Courtyard sounds like it is just an area near the Lazy River.
Hmmmm...never thought about that. Good question. I will have to call.
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I investigated a little further and found this... Lazy River Courtyard!  features a zero-entry pool with sand beach, a lazy river with waterfalls and cannons for interactive fun, and The Hideaway Bar & Grill

So the entire Lazy River area probably isn't open until July.
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I investigated a little further and found this... Lazy River Courtyard! features a zero-entry pool with sand beach, a lazy river with waterfalls and cannons for interactive fun, and The Hideaway Bar & Grill So the entire Lazy River area probably isn't open until July.
I saw that too after I called. I was told The Lazy River does not open until July. The Cabana Courtyard-a zero-entry pool with iconic dive tower waterslide, interactive kids play area, cabanas for rent, and Atomic Tonic pool bar, will be open in April when the first bookings are allowed.

Damo- thanks for checking.
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