The Universal Orlando Resort opened a fourth on-site hotel, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort, in 2014. Whereas Universal Orlando's three existing hotels were aimed primarily at the high-end of the market, the new hotel was designed to be an affordable option for families. It is themed around old-style "road trip" vacations, and is managed on Universal's behalf by Loews Hotels & Resorts.
Guests at the new resort do not receive the same perks as those at the existing Portofino Bay Hotel, Royal Pacific Resort and Hard Rock Hotel. Most significantly, they are not equipped with unlimited Universal Express passes, which enable guests at the other resorts to skip the lines for major attractions. However, they are able to take advantage of early entry into Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure - a particularly important perk for those visiting the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Located on a 37-acre site next to Islands of Adventure, the Cabana Bay Beach Resort features a 900 family suites (capable of accommodating up to 6 guests) and 900 standard guest rooms. It is heavily-themed, with 50s-style rooms, lobby area and pool.