Renting a cabana at Disney’s water parks is one of their newer amenities. If you haven’t been recently, it’s definitely worth checking out. Here are the details!
The Beach Comber Shacks (Typhoon Lagoon) fits up to six people with locations scattered throughout the park.
If you have a specific location in mind, be sure to request it. We wanted to overlook the wave pool. I think it’s by far the best (and most scenic) spot.
Rental prices vary on the time of year. We went August/September, and the cost was about $240. However, my brother and his girlfriend were also 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 very crowded and busy water park lockers, which are located all the way near the park entrance.
So let’s look at the cabana perks, because they are so awesome and worth it!
- 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 need for lockers, towels, etc. 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.
- SERVICE: The service that comes with these cabanas is amazing. We had TWO attendants, and they were both wonderful. They’d continually check in, 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 while we went on rides. Just note that they will gladly get the food, but you still have to pay for it. You can 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 it. 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, all thanks 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 cabanas!
We loved our Typhoon Lagoon cabana so much, that later in the week, when we went to Blizzard Beach, we rented their version as well.
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 the two 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 met.
- PRIVACY: Also roped off, the location of our Polar Patio was extremely private. It was even more private than our cabana at Typhoon Lagoon. We felt like we were up in the trees and LOVED it. However, we sacrificed view for privacy, as there was no sweeping view of anything here, unlike our view of the wave pool at Typhoon Lagoon.
- AMENITIES: Exactly the same as Typhoon Lagoon’s.
- SERVICE: Also exactly the same as at Typhoon Lagoon, and equally as wonderful. We also received a little magical moment while here! 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. So in a thunderstorm you’d be in the same predicament as everyone else. Other than that, it’s so great!
So I think the real question here is, which one of us went on Summit Plummet? Or maybe it’s obvious that it was not me.
However, I did make it on Slush Gusher!
If you don’t want to splurge for a cabana, but still want a “home base,” without having to return to the main lockers for every little thing, consider a premium umbrella rental. They are located at both water parks. 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.