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Cabana Bay Beach Resort: Distance from the parks

This page includes information and photo tours of the transportation between Cabana Bay Beach Resort, Universal CityWalk, and the Universal Orlando theme parks. This page also includes information about the shuttle service from Cabana Bay Beach Resort to SeaWorld, Aquatica (SeaWorld’s water park), and Wet ‘n Wild.

Distance from Universal CityWalk, Universal Studios Florida, and Islands of Adventure

In terms of transportation, Cabana Bay Beach Resort sits in a new category for Universal hotels: it’s on-site, but it’s not connected to Universal CityWalk and the on-site hotels via the waterway that many Universal guests have become very familiar with. Instead, given Cabana Bay’s location, guests have the option to take a shuttle or walk.

Each method of transportation has its positives and negatives, and we’ll explore these now. At this point, we recommend that you open the OI custom-made Google map using this link (it will open in a separate window):

OI map of Universal Orlando’s on-site hotels

It may be helpful to switch it to Satellite View and zoom in.

As you can see from the map, Cabana Bay sits directly south of Islands of Adventure, and Hollywood Way (a two-lanes-in-each-direction street) separates the hotel from the CityWalk and the theme parks.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleOne of many dedicated shuttles picking up at Cabana Bay Beach Resort.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort WalkwaySigns leading to the walkway from Cabana Bay Beach Resort to Universal’s theme parks.

Transportation options to CityWalk and Universal’s theme parks

Here are your options to get from Cabana Bay Beach Resort to Universal CityWalk and Universal theme parks, Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure:

  • Dedicated shuttle: Universal operates several Cabana Bay shuttles that run continuously between the hotel and the general guest drop-off area near the Universal parking garages, as seen on the OI Google map. The shuttles are ADA compatible, and they operate from one hour before Early Park Admission starts until 2:30am every single day. There is one pick-up point at Cabana Bay, near the lobby and next to Bayliner Diner, and the trip itself is only about five minutes. In general the system works well, with a new shuttle arriving about every 12 minutes. However, do be aware that, when leaving Universal to go back to Cabana Bay, the line can get long at the peak time: when both theme parks are closing. Photos of the Cabana Bay shuttles are displayed below.
  • Garden Walkway: This slightly-shorter-than-one-mile walkway brings you from Cabana Bay, past Royal Pacific Resort, and onto the side entrance of CityWalk near Margaritaville. As of November 2014, the new Garden Bridge & Walkway connects these points and offers an enjoyable alternative to the shuttle. For a better idea of exactly where the path leads, be sure you view our Google map (switch to Satellite View and zoom in), then check out the photo tour below.
  • Timing this walk is a bit tricky because it will depend on exactly where your hotel room is on Cabana Bay property. Nevertheless, once you exit Cabana Bay from its northeast corner, the walk will take about 15 to 20 minutes depending on how eager you are. You’ll then enter CityWalk close to Islands of Adventure, so you’ll only need to add another two minutes to get to that park’s turnstiles. If you’re going to Universal Studios Florida, add another seven minutes.
  • While the walkway is very enjoyable, overall we still recommend using the shuttle most times of the day because of the shorter time of the trip and the frequency of the shuttle pick-ups. However, do keep in mind that the shuttle drops off guests at the parking rotunda, requiring you to go through the central security checkpoint (often busy) and enter through the front of CityWalk. The Garden Walkway, on the other hand, brings you through the on-site hotel security checkpoint next to Margaritaville (which virtually never has a line), and allows you to enter CityWalk very close to Islands of Adventure. Also, as we mentioned above, during peak shuttle use periods like park closing time, the 20-minute walk can conceivably be shorter than waiting in the built-up line for the shuttles.
  • The Cabana Bay Garden Walkway does indeed connect to the Royal Pacific Garden Walkway right at the edge of Royal Pacific’s property. This makes the walkway a great option for those interested in visiting Royal Pacific Resort. However, do note that walking from Cabana Bay to the Royal Pacific water taxi dock, and then waiting for the water taxi, will almost always take more time than simply continuing to walk the path onto CityWalk.

Transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica & Wet ‘n Wild

Universal’s on-site hotels provide complimentary scheduled shuttle transportation to SeaWorld, Aquatica (SeaWorld’s water park), and Wet ‘n Wild. I have emphasized scheduled because it is very important to understand that the shuttle does not run continuously. Rather, in general it picks up and drops only a couple of times in the morning and in the evening. The transportation service is called Super Star Shuttle. Here is an example of the schedule (click the image to view it full-screen):

Cabana Bay Beach Resort Superstar Shuttle scheduleSuperstar Shuttle schedule.

IMPORTANT: The Super Star Shuttle does not pick up Cabana Bay guests at Cabana Bay Beach Resort. Instead, guests need to first take the hotel shuttle to the general guest drop-off area near Universal’s parking garages just as if they were going to the theme parks. At the drop-off area, guests will then need to find the Super Star Shuttle and take it from there to SeaWorld, Aquatica, or Wet ‘n Wild. Be sure you include both legs of the trip when figuring out your timing.

Do you have a question about staying at Cabana Bay Beach Resort? We invite you to join our vacation planning community in the OI Forums. Registration is free, and once you join, you can jump into the conversation in the Cabana Bay section or ask your own question.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleCabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle service picking up at the hotel.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleCabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle service.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleCabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle service.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleCabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle service picking up at CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleCabana Bay Beach Resort shuttle service picking up at CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Garden Walkway – video & photo highlights

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk.

Cabana Bay Beach Resort shuttleGarden Walkway from Cabana Bay to Universal CityWalk (night).

Cabana Bay Garden Walkway – full photo gallery

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