If you are spending a Walt Disney World vacation day at Typhoon Lagoon or Blizzard Beach, it can be nice to rent a cabana so that you have a home base as you enjoy the park.
These rentals are definitely luxurious extras, and by no means necessary for enjoying the water park experience. There are plenty of free seats to be claimed. However, if you really want to savor a relaxing and extravagant day of escape from the Florida heat – and don’t mind a splurge – these rentals can really take your experience to the next level.
What Does It Cost?
Umbrellas with beach loungers and towels are available for $53 per day at both water parks. While deck chairs can be found for free at both parks as well, on busy days it can be difficult to find a seat, and there is no guarantee that your seat will still be open when you return from a ride or swim. This can be particularly challenging at Typhoon Lagoon, where shaded seating is much harder to find than at Blizzard Beach. When you rent an umbrella, it is yours for the entire day and can be a place to stash your belongings as well as a meeting place for your group.
You get additional perks with a cabana rental: a fully shaded patio with either a roof or umbrella covering, a cooler with ice and bottled water, refillable mugs, a locker, and a waiter to take food and drink orders. Although cabanas are designed to fit six guests, you may be able to pay an added fee for additional people. The rental price for a Beachcomber Shack at Typhoon Lagoon or a Polar Patio is $319.50. This is certainly on the expensive side, although you should consider that the cabana includes towels and the locker, which are additional costs for most water park guests.
Renting a cabana with a large group definitely helps to make the cost more reasonable. If you are planning to rent one for only two or three people, the price per person becomes much higher than if you bring the maximum number of guests.
Is It Worth It?
The value will also depend on the length of your water park visit – if you are just coming for a few hours to cool off you definitely won’t get your money’s worth, but if you spend the whole day it can really enhance your experience. After several hours, it becomes more critical to have a reliable place to escape the sun, and it can help you to get the most out of your day if you do not have to spend time waiting in line for food and drinks, and do not have to waste energy going back and forth to the entrance to visit a locker.
Finally, if many people in your group are planning to rent towels and lockers, that also nibbles away at the high sticker price of a cabana rental.
To rent a cabana, you can make an advance reservation by calling (407) WDW-PLAY, or see if there are any cabanas available when you arrive. Typhoon Lagoon guests should check in at High ‘N’ Dry, and Blizzard Beach guests should head to Snowless Joe’s.