Universal Orlando Resort jumped into the upcharge game Friday, announcing a $299 poolside cabana at its new Volcano Bay water park.

The one- and two-story private cabanas will shield visitors from the sun and include padded lounge chairs, a small refrigerator with bottled water, a fruit and snack basket, towel and locker and concierge service. Cabanas that hold up to six start at $159.99. A family-style cabana for 16 goes for $299.99.

If a beach towel is just not enough, visitors can rent padded loungers with an adjustable shade canopy and a built-in storage lockbox for $29.99 a day.

To bump the wait, add $39.99 to can get a Volcano Bay version of Universal Express that allows unlimited front-of-line privileges to the Ko’okiri Body Plunge, Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, Honu ika Moana, Taniwha Tubes, Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides, Punga Racers, and the Ohyah and Ohno Drop Slides.

These are all added on to the price of admission. A one-day ticket is $67 for adults and $62 for children 3-9.

Volcano Bay opens May 25.

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The youngest of seven children, Terry O. Roen followed two older brothers into journalism. Her career started as a reporter for the Orlando Sentinel, where she wrote stories on city and county government, schools, courts and religion. She has also reported for the Associated Press, where she covered the Casey Anthony and Trayvon Martin trials along with the Pulse massacre. Married to her husband, Hal, they have two children and live in Winter Park. A lifelong tourist in her own state, she writes about Central Florida’s growing tourism industry for Florida Politics and Orlando Rising.

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