I am planning my son’s first trip to Universal and he has only one thing he wants. He would like a Volcano Bay view standard room at Cabana Bay. It will just be him and me going.
I am really wanting the Express Unlimited passes because I like the flexibility you get with having them, so I was planning on staying at Royal Pacific since it comes out cheaper to do that then to stay at Cabana Bay for our whole trip and just pay extra for the passes. We will be there for 5 days. I know you can do all of Universal without the express passes in 5 days, but we like to do the parks for 2-3 hours, then chill at resorts, then go to dinner, etc. We don’t like spending 6-8 hours all day at the parks. We also like to be spontaneous and play things by ear, and having the express for our full stay allows that.
So…my thought is our flight is landing in Orlando at 9:41am (as of now) and I figured we could have our first night there at Cabana Bay. Make it a day to ease into the vacation. Go bowling, hang in the lazy river, go to CityWalk for dinner, etc. Starting the next day, we could check into Royal Pacific for the remainder of our trip.
Here is my questions…how would you guys recommend I book the trip? We would really like to wake up at Cabana Bay, then go to Volcano Bay (since it is RIGHT there) and then get our luggage and go to Royal Pacific. Is this possible? Could Cabana Bay hold our luggage for us past the 11am checkout time so we could go right to the water park? I hate the idea of waking up, transferring to Royal Pacific, checking in and getting our luggage to our room, then taking a bus BACK to Volcano Bay for the day. Also, should I book this as a 1-night stay at Cabana Bay with no tickets attached, and then book a package for Royal Pacific with the tickets included? Or should I book 1 night at Cabana Bay with a 1 park ticket for the next morning, and then get a package for Royal Pacific with the tickets for the rest of our days?
I have been to Universal before, but never done a situation like this, so any insight or suggestions would be great! Thanks everyone!