Guide to Universal’s Royal Pacific Resort: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Universal Orlando Resort is a great option to add to your must do list in Orlando. If you have Harry Potter fans, then you absolutely must visit Universal. Universal Orlando has something for every member of your family from amazing thrill rides like The Incredible Hulk Coaster or Hollywood Rip Ride Rocket, to family fun rides like Transformers The Ride – 3D, Men in Black, and The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman. For the little ones you want to enjoy The Cat and the Hat ride and Caro-Seuss-el just to name a few.

Royal Pacific

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Cabana Bay Beach Resort at Universal Orlando: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

Cabana Bay Cheapskate Princess Guide

Looking for a unique resort for your Orlando Vacation? Check out Cabana Bay Beach Resort, a Loew’s hotel located on site Universal Orlando Resort. Cabana Bay’s retro look will take you back to the sleek design of hotels from the the 50’s and 60’s. If you want to watch the lava from Universal’s newest theme park, waterpark Volcano Bay,  [Read more…]

A Celebration of Harry Potter Universal Orlando: 2017 Packages Announced

Celebration of Harry Potter 2017Be a part of A Celebration of Harry Potter at Universal Orlando Resort this January! It’s the only official event where you can celebrate your love for Harry Potter and discover more about the Wizarding World. Take part in film talent Q&A sessions, access special panels and demonstrations, and discover many more surprises January 27 – 29, 2017.
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Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort Guide


Located on Universal Orlando’s property, approximately a mile walk from the gates to Universal’s theme parks, is Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Transporting you back to the iconic beach resorts of the 1950s and 1960s from the moment you arrive, Universal Orlando’s Cabana Bay is a great resort for families, large and small. Cabana Bay is also the largest on-site hotel with 1,800 hotel rooms, with another 400 rooms being added in 2017.

Cabana Bay is an excellent choice for family fun and it’s at a value price. Compared to other popular value priced resorts in the Orlando area, Cabana Bay is at the top of the list for a great vacation on a family budget. As one of the newer properties at Universal Orlando, Cabana Bay offers value and moderate options to fit every family’s needs. Between the pools, and the recreation, Cabana Bay is a fit for moms, dads, teens, tweens and even grandma and grandpa.

I recently got to tour this great resort and I hope this list of pros and cons will help you decide if Cabana Bay is the vacation property for you and your family!


Cabana Bay Beach Resort Pros:

  • Family Suites are available and are a perfect fit for larger families, and comfortably sleep 6
  • A kitchenette, an additional 40′ TV, a living room with a pull-out sofa, and an extra large bathroom are all part of the family suites
  • Both standard rooms and family suites have queen sized beds and a mini-refrigerator
  • All rooms have been designed with lots of electrical outlets and even USB charging stations
  • Both the Cabana Courtyard and the Lazy River Courtyard pool areas have zero entry, which is perfect for little ones
  • Cabana Courtyard pool features an iconic dive water slide, cabanas for rent, interactive kids play areas and the Atomic Pool Bar
  • Lazy River Courtyard pool feathers a sand beach, lazy river with waterfalls and geysers for interactive fun and the Hideaway Bar & Grill
  • Resort refillable mugs are offered just for Cabana Bay’s guests
  • Registered resort guests receive early park admission to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, one hour before the theme park opens (valid park admission required)
  • Walking distance to Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure and City Walk
  • Free Universal Shuttle Buses to Universal Studios, Universal Islands of Adventure and City Walk
  • Resort wide charging privileges with your room key card
  • Free scheduled transportation to nearby Wet ‘n’ Wild (through December 2016), Sea World and Aquatica
  • Galaxy Bowl is a 10 lane alley perfect for a day spent hanging at the resort or during rainy weather
  • Game-o-Rama arcade is another perfect way for kids to spend time at the resort
  • Jack LaLanne Physical Fitness Studio is available for all resort guests
  • Dining choices include Atomic Tonic and Hideaway Bar and Grill (in the pool areas), Bayliner Diner (food court), and Delicioso Pizza (delivery available during select hours)
  • Starbucks and the Swizzle Lounge Bar are both available in the lobby

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Cons:

  • The Unlimited Express Pass is not complimentary at Cabana Bay like it is at the Hard Rock, Loews Portofino Bay and Loews Royal Pacific Resorts
  • There isn’t a water taxi option from Cabana Bay to the Universal Orlando parks, which leaves guests with only the options to walk or take a bus
  • There is a daily fee ($12 per night) if you are parking a car on the property
  • Because it is such a great fit for families, it is not always the best choice for vacationing couples looking for a relaxing swim or a quiet romantic place to have dinner
  • There is a fee to rent inner tubes for the lazy river. (But you can bring your own from home, which they will blow up for free)
  • Cabana Bay does not accept the Universal Dining Plan

As with any destination or hotel there are going to be pros and cons depending on your taste, your comfort level and your family’s needs. After seeing the property for myself, I think the pros outweigh the cons at Cabana Bay. And with the right planning and help from a travel agent, I can definitely help you avoid some of the cons of staying here. Booking with Cheapskate Princess, travel partners with Destinations in Florida, an Authorized Disney Vacation Planner, can help you avoid the cons and determine if Cabana Bay Beach Resort is a good fit for your family, your fun and your budget.







Are you ready for a once-in-a-lifetime vacation? Erin is your Princess Vacation Expert! Erin is a Disney College of Knowledge Graduate and Universal Orlando Specialist. Erin’s passion is helping families have a once-in-a-lifetime moments! She provides excellent customer service, attention to detail, magical milestones, and bringing families together.
Erin is ready to help you plan your next magical family vacation. Contact Erin Johnson at or by phone at (214)697-7732 to get started! You can fill out a quote request form here. Let the magic begin!

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Dreaming of a Vacation?

This year’s winter weather has been brutally cold in many parts of the United States, and if work isn’t stressing you out, putting away the Christmas decorations probably did. Want a great way to take your mind off all the stressful issues? Get started planning your next vacation! And what better way than to get fired up for a trip to Disney than free stuff!

We love to find our fans good deals, and you don’t get much better than FREE! If you book a trip with Destinations in Florida, you will receive FREE Mickey Mouse ears hats for your children. That’s a $15.95 value per hat, which is one less souvenir to purchase during your trip.  “Children” means any kiddies in your party under the age of 17. So book your trip now, travel during 2014, and receive hats for the kids before you leave.

That…is a pretty sweet deal!

Almost 130 FREE Walt Disney World Resort Activities!

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Erin at Destinations in Florida will be handling your travel quotes and reservations. Here are a couple of common questions that can get you started.

Do You have to travel just to Disney World?

No, Destinations in Florida can arrange a trip anywhere you want. There is life outside of Florida, at least so I am told. Dreaming of a cruise? Dreaming of a trip to an all inclusive resort? Always wanted to ride the Harry Potter ride at Universal Studios? Now is the time to start planing that trip….

Why Use Destinations in Florida?

1. As soon as discounts are released,  Erin will update your reservations, so you get the best deal available.

2. As a DIF planner and “Disney Expert,” Erin can help you get the most out of your trip. She can approach your trip with all the knowledge you will need.

3. Erin will make recommendations for and then can make all of your dining reservations. No work for you and no phone calls to make. You just sit back and let someone else do the work – at no cost to you.

4. Erin will be your personal travel agent just for your family.  You can contact her by phone, email, text, or live chat.

5. Erin’s company, Destinations in Florida, is an award winning travel company,  including winning 2009 & 2011 Disney Destinations Top Sales Performer and 2010 & 2011 & 2012 Universal Orlando Resort Travel Agency Partner of the Year.

6. Erin became a vacation specialist to help you, because she loves travel. You want someone to help you with your vacation that loves helping people plan their vacations.

 7. Erin will create a personalized travel itinerary so you get the most time out of your trip. This can save you valuable time, and you know that saying about how time is money. 

8. MousePerks are free perks Erin sends to clients to help them get excited for their trip. You may receive Mouseperks like coloring pages, crafts, puzzles, Hidden Mickey hunts and more.

9. Erin mails clients FREE fun gifts for the kids when she mails your final documents. Kids love the items like Pin Trading Starter Kit, stickers and autograph books.

10. Every package gets a discount off the rack-room price, courtesy of Destinations in Florida.  This is their gift to you!

11. There is no cost for you to work with Erin and Destinations in Florida.  No cost.  Totally Free.  What cheapskate doesn’t love FREE!!

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Erin Johnson, our Cheapskate Princess Travel Agent

Erin Johnson, our Cheapskate Princess Travel Agent

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from  Erin, our Disney Vacation Planner with Destinations in Florida travel.  She offers promotions like Disney Trading Pin sets, autograph books, and free Mickey Mouse ear hats for kids under age 17.  We know our readers love free…

Give Erin a call at 214-697-7732, or send an e-mail to erin @ 

Great Perks for your Walt Disney World Vacation at Destinations in Florida

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you, consulting your calendar and checking your bank balance.


1st Trip to Disney? Who Should Plan Your Trip?

Why Use a Disney Vacation Planner

I’m not going to plan my next vacation. Not that I couldn’t do it myself, because I can. I have before. But wow, has Orlando vacation planning become complicated. You have to make those ADRs if you want to even get in the door of your favorite restaurant choice. Disney releases discounts periodically, but they won’t call you to let you know they applied it to your reservations. They won’t even apply it to your reservation – unless you call them. And bless those Cast Members…there is SO MUCH information to know these days, they can’t possibly keep up with everything.

I need somebody in my corner who will look out for my best interests. I need somebody who will help me plan my vacation. You know what else I want?  I want somebody to send me free stuff.

I need an agent that specializes in Disney Travel, and I plan to use one from Destinations in Florida (DIF) travel. [Read more…]