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Universal’s Volcano Bay Cabana Rentals – complete guide

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On this page in our OI Center, you’ll learn about the two central premium add-ons at Universal’s Volcano Bay. Since the water theme park heavily revolves around Virtual Lines for its attractions – having guests obtain return times for all the various rides – guests may need a little section of Volcano to call their own. This is where the private cabanas and Premium Seating come into play.

What is a private cabana?

Similar to the cabanas that are for rent at Universal Orlando’s various on-site hotels, Volcano Bay’s private cabanas are meant to be your home base of operations while splashing and playing with the Waturi. They come in one- or two-story varieties, are located all throughout the park, and have a bevy of furnishings:

  • Towel service
  • Padded lounge chairs
  • Complimentary fruit and snack basket
  • Small fridge (replete with bottled water)
  • Concierge service

That last item is of particular note – it grants you access to an exclusive menu, with all of its offerings being delivered right to your cabana.

But that’s not all. As you first enter the water theme park, a concierge will greet you and escort you to your home-away-from-home for the day.  And the greatest benefit of them all comes in the form of your cabana granting you the ability to book and modify your place in all of the various attractions’ Virtual Lines. While Universal has yet to offer the full scoop on this tantalizing perk, we can already assume that this will be the deal-maker for many a vacationer – just like how free Express Passes for staying at the three more expensive on-site hotels are the main draw for many guests there.

(We should probably note here that our sources at Universal have heard nothing of the ability to edit your ride reservations from within your cabana, which might mean nothing or might mean everything. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more – or, ideally, as the company officially announces more.)

What is Premium Seating?

Whereas a cabana will entitle you to a sheltered area that you can call your own (well, for the day, at least), Premium Seating will nab you a stretch of real-estate – located in several different zones all throughout the water park – that will also be marked off just for you. Although it doesn’t come with an actual building to hide away in, it does come with a pair of padded loungers that are equipped with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox. You’ll also receive an area attendant who will take your food and drink orders – and, yes, an escort who will show you where your reserved seating is when you first enter the park for the day.

How much does all of this cost?

How much you pay for a cabana depends on two factors: when you go and what kind of unit you’d prefer. A single cabana, which holds up to six people, comes in a couple of different flavors.  A stand-alone building (for more privacy) or the ground floor of a two-story unit (for convenience and accessibility, though you’ll more than likely be sharing the second level with another group) both start at $159.99 and go all the way up to $449.99 per day. The upper level (which, Universal promises, will offer spectacular views) will cost you anywhere from $199.99 to $549.99.

A family suite cabana, meanwhile, holds up to 16 people and will automatically grant you a large stand-alone building. Pricing here starts at $299.99 and can reach at least $599.99.

(It looks like Universal has 11 single cabanas, 18 two-story ones, and just two[!] family units. This goes a long way to explaining the various price levels.)

Finally, premium seating, which is also date-specific, ranges from $29.99 to $69.99 per day. Be careful on this point, however – that price includes two loungers, so don’t accidentally get double the amount you need (or want to spend).

Here are two important notes with this pricing. First and foremost, we strongly recommend that, if interested in either of these premium add-ons, you book them as early as you possibly can, preferably when you buy your theme and water park tickets; Universal clearly expects these items to sell out, particularly during the summer. And, secondly, if you need to cancel for any reason, you have 72 hours before the date of your reservation to do so.

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