Renting a cabana at Disney’s water parks is one of Disney’s newer amenities, so if you haven’t been recently, it’s definitely worth checking out. Here are the details!
The Beach Comber Shacks (Typhoon Lagoon) can fit up to six people, and are scattered throughout the park.
If you have a specific location in mind, be sure to request it. We wanted to overlook the wave pool, so that was our request, which was granted.
Rental prices vary depending on the time of year. We went August/September, and the cost was about $240. However, my brother and his girlfriend were also there with us, so we split it, making it only $120 per couple. It was great to have this “home base,” and not have to deal with the crowded and busy water park lockers, located all the way near the park entrance. So let’s look at some of the cabana perks!
- PRIVACY: The location of our particular cabana was in a roped off, reserved area. It was quiet and private. No yelling, loud children running around, no obnoxious parents screaming after their kids… it was… serene. As soon as we entered the park and checked in, we were handed wristbands, and an attendant escorted us to our area.
- AMENITIES: There’s no need to rent anything aside from the cabana. No lockers, no towels, nothing. With the cabana, you get unlimited towels (and if you’re anything like us, we go through A LOT), Unlimited COLD bottled water, and drink re-fill cups for soda and such (we were more interested in the water, but the mugs made for an awesome keepsake). There’s also a large locker right in your cabana, all of which is included with the rental price.
- SERVICE: The service that comes with the cabana is simply amazing. We had two attendants, and they were BOTH wonderful. They’d continually check in on us, and if you want anything and they’re not around, simply text them and they’ll be right there. Extra dry towels? Sure! Hungry? Sure! They went and got lunch, snacks, you name it for us (they will gladly get the food, but you still have to pay for it. Simply give them a credit card or hand them cash, and they will bring you change). Don’t even try to tip them, because they won’t accept. We were able to place our food orders, go on rides, and return about 20 minutes later to find our food waiting for us.
We got SO MUCH DONE, and had SUCH a relaxing, wonderful, and FUN day, which was in large part to renting the cabana.
- LIGHTENING ROD. So what’s also really awesome about the cabana’s here is that they’re equipped with lightening rods. Should you encounter one of those famous Florida afternoon thunderstorms, you can remain safely in your cabana and wait it out.
- CONS. The only con for me was the flooring. It was sand, which attracted a lot of ants. The Polor Patios at Blizzard Beach (which I’ll detail below) are built on wooden platforms, and didn’t have this issue.
So let’s head over to Blizzard Beach and take a look at their cabana’s!
We loved our Typhoon Lagoon cabana so much, that later in the week, when we went to Blizzard Beach, we rented their version. Like the Beach Comber Shacks (Typhoon Lagoon), Blizzard Beach’s version (called Polar Patio), can fit up to six people and are scattered throughout the park. Cost is the same, depending on the time of year, and the main difference between them are the structures themselves. Beach Comber Shacks (Typhoon Lagoon) are actual roofed structures. Polar Patios are large decks with big umbrella’s and chairs (hence the name polar PATIO). The privacy is still there (actually, we thought our Polar Patio was MORE private than our Beach Comber Shack), but there’s no lightening rod.
We requested to view the lazy river, for easy access around the park, and once again, our request was granted.
- PRIVACY: Also roped off, the location of our Polar Patio was extremely private, even more private than our cabana at Typhoon Lagoon. We felt like we were up in the tree’s and LOVED it. However, we sacrificed view for privacy, as there was no sweeping view of anything here like we had at Typhoon Lagoon.
- AMENITIES: Exactly the same as Typhoon Lagoon’s.
- SERVICE: Also exactly the same as Typhoon Lagoon’s, and equally as wonderful. We also received a little magical moment here, as when we sent our attendant to get us snacks, she wouldn’t take any money from us, and instead insisted it was “on Mickey.”
- CONS. So as I said, there’s no lightening rod, since they aren’t actual structures, but other than that, I didn’t find any cons. It was great!
So I think the real question here is, which one of us went on Summit Plummet? Or maybe it’s obvious that it’s Josh.
However, I did make it on Slush Gusher, but never again (holy wedgie)!
Anyway, if you don’t want to splurge for a cabana, but still want that “home base” without having to return to the main lockers for every little thing, consider checking out the premium umbrella rentals, located at both water parks. However, while pricey, they don’t come with nearly as many amenities as the cabanas do, making the cabanas worth the additional cost. To reserve either, call 407-WDW-PLAY.