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ORLANDO, Florida -- Universal Orlando has opened a new resort that's based on a vintage, mid-century modern theme.

The Cabana Bay Beach Resort opened Monday. The building's colorful, retro exterior is visible from Interstate 4.

The first 600 family suites are now available. The resort will have a total of 1,800 units when it's completed this summer.

Rates for the family suites begin at $174 per-night, and can run as low as $134 per-night depending on the length of stay. Rates for the standard guest rooms – which will be available this summer – begin at $119 per night, and can run as low as $93 per-night depending on the length of stay.

Amenities include a bowling alley, a food court and a 10,000-square foot pool that includes a water tower and water slide. A second pool will be added by summer.

"We've sought to create a special place where families can spend time together and create long-lasting memories outside of the theme parks," said Russ Dagon, Vice President and Executive Project Director, Universal Creative. "From the moment they step inside, families will be transported back to a different, more relaxing time."

Resort officials hope to draw more guests who stay on property for their entire vacation. It's Universal Orlando's fourth hotel on the property.

To learn more or to make a reservation, call 1-888-273-1311 or visit www.universalorlando.com. Universal's Cabana Bay Beach Resort is co-owned and managed by Loews Hotels & Resorts.

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