For our April trip we stayed at Cabana Bay Beach Resort in Orlando, one of Universal's mid-tier resorts. I wanted to give it a try because it was close to Volcano Bay water park, and I thought it would be fun to stay in a "volcano view" room (much more on that in a minute). I was also trying to save money because this was going to be an expensive trip, and our money situation isn't what it used to be because of the divorce. I would have preferred staying at Sapphire Falls again, where we stayed on our 2019 trip. But I decided to give Cabana Bay a try. It was a nice resort, but I could definitely see the difference between mid-tier and premium, so it fell a little short for me in comparison to the more upscale and finely appointed Sapphire Falls. But it was fine, and it was fun.
This is the main lobby. The resort is HUGE and accommodates a ton of people (which I personally don't love). Our building was quite a hike from here, but we got used to the walk (even though I grumbled about it more than once. I had my Karen moments on this trip and they mostly happened at the resort!).