Gaylord Palms Resort hosts Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019


Halloween hijinks take over the Gaylord Palms Resort during Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends until November 3!

This fall the Gaylord Palms Resort is welcoming back their seasonal Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends where guests of all ages can pack their costumes and swimsuits for fun inside the resort’s atrium and outside at the Cypress Springs Water Park as special visitors from the town of Spooksville have arrived for their own vacation.

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

New for 2019, guests will get to experience Adventure Kids: A Spooky Celebration. This new interactive show features the Gaylord Palms’ unique characters Seth the Sea Turtle, Ava the Alligator and Adventure Kid leader Sophie as they explore Florida’s creepier flora and fauna.

Gaylord Palms continues to host Spookley the Square Pumpkin, a little gourd with a big message about anti-bullying! Spookley is the star of the Halloween Hide & Seek scavenger hunt.  Guests search high and low while solving puzzles and following clues to find all the hidden Spookleys to win a prize!

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Little spooks can gather ‘round for the special Storytime with Morgana where they will hear the story of Spookley from the best-selling children’s book with a message of tolerance and kindness. Grimm the Goblin joins Morgana to meet guests after the story for fun and games!

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Another new fun treat is the addition of Ice-Scream! with Grimm and Morgana. During this meet and greet experience, guests can mix and mingle with Spooksville’s sweetest witch and goblin at Honeybells Frozen Yogurt, where they can also purchase a spooktacular sundae!

The popular Monster Mash Bash and Costume Contest also returns, inviting guests of all ages to BOO-gie down with Gaylord Palms’ resident spooks Vladimir the vampire and Morgana. Grimm the Goblin will join this duo to teach guests dance moves and songs before inviting everyone to join in a costume contest with terror-ific prizes.  

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Halloween treats continue for overnight guests at Cypress Springs Water Park with the Wicked Awesome Pool Party. Vladimir (thanks to the power of sunscreen) entertains guests poolside with ghoulish games and other interactive fun. The resort’s FlowRider® – The Wake Zone – is also featured with the Wicked Waves Surf Show, a frightfully-fun evening showcase of Gaylord Palms’ highly-decorated flowboarders’ best tricks and treats on the wave. 

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

Guests can dare each other to face off against a fearsome seafarer inside The Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room! Bold guests will join Emerald, the wayfaring wife of the dread pirate Captain Hornswoggle, becoming part of her crew needing to ransack the Captain’s Quarters in search of the ultimate treasure. The Captain has hidden a priceless jewel somewhere inside and refuses to give away the prized gem, even to his wife! He is due back in 30 minutes and guests must find the gem and escape before his return. 

Spooky Animal Encounters connect guests with some frightful yet delightful creatures for close-up meet and greets. On Saturdays, animal experts introduce snakes, vultures and other “creepy critters” to guests as they debunk myths about some of the world’s most misunderstood animals.

The resort’s Trick or Treat Expedition will have guests venturing through the winding paths of the 4.5-acre glass-enclosed atrium to find scrumptious sweets on Saturdays.

Gaylord Palms Goblins and Giggles 2019

When spooks and spirits get hungry, guests will discover seasonally-themed food and drink offerings throughout the resort’s dining options, including MOOR, Wreckers Sports Bar and Villa de Flora.

The best way to experience the Halloween fun at Gaylord Palms is by booking a Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends Package, starting at $189 per night, plus tax, resort fee and parking. Packages include accommodations, Monster Mash Bash tickets, the Trick or Treat Expedition, a Halloween Hide & Seek scavenger hunt activity book, Storytime with Morgana, and the poolside activities only available to overnight guests. 

Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends activities are offered Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays until November 3, 2019. Activity availability varies by date and time. Additional charges apply for certain activities. 

To learn more or to book a Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends stay, visit GaylordPalms.com/Getaways.

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LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel Opening Date and First Look

LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel Opening Date and First Look

The LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel will open on  April 17, 2020, and when it does it will be the third accommodation at the LEGOLAND Florida Resort and the first LEGO Pirate Pirate themed hotel in North America!

The newest on-site accommodation at LEGOLAND Florida Resort will invite brick fans to vacation like a pirate just steps from the entrance to the theme park built for kids. 

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
LEGOLAND Florida

LEGOLAND Pirate Island Hotel will feature 150 fun-filled rooms and suites, a heated pool with pool deck complete with LEGOsoft bricks to build in the pool, hundreds of LEGO models, in-room LEGO treasure hunts, and exclusive character experiences. 

Similar to the popular LEGOLAND Hotel, each room will include two separate spaces; a kid’s sleeping area and an adult area.

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The adult side of the room comes furnished with LEGO pirate décor, a king bed and television.

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The other separate area that is just for kids will feature a bunk bed, LEGO play areas and their very own television to watch all of their favorite LEGO movies!

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The new hotel rooms will also be fully themed with interactive LEGO Pirate models throughout and include an array of humorous decor designed specifically for a kid-centric family vacation.

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The five-story hotel will also be home to the pirate-themed Shipwreck Restaurant, Smuggler’s Bar for adult swashbucklers, an entertainment area with kid-friendly nightly programming and LEGO play areas.

Also, with every overnight stay, guests will enjoy a complimentary family-style breakfast. The wreckage of a pirate ship sits directly outside the entrance of the hotel and offers guests a unique photo opportunity.

LEGOLAND Florida LEGO Pirate Island Hotel
PHOTO / Chip Litherland for LEGOLAND Florida Resort

The pirates are recruiting buccaneers to join their crew with a limited time offer: buy two nights and receive one night free! Guests can book their pirate adventure today at www.legoland.com/pirate-island-hotel.

Stay up to date with all Pirate Island Hotel news on social media #VacationLikeAPirate.

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Stranger Things Pop-Up at Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort

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Universal Orlando Resort


The hit series Stranger Things is featured at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights expands to the hotel with a special pop-up photo experience

Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort just got a whole lot stranger, because from now until October 31st guests can go further into the Upside Down as Netflix’s Stranger Things springs to life in select areas of the hotel.

Guests will get an exclusive look inside the iconic Byers’ living room from season one and fan-favorite ice cream shop Scoops Ahoy from season three of the hit sci-fi series through special photo pop-ups in the hotel. 

The pop-ups will be open daily from 2 p.m. – 10 p.m. (hours may vary) on the second floor of Cabana Bay Beach Resort and are exclusive to Universal Orlando hotel guests. Guests must show a room key to gain access to this exclusive pop-up experience – Cabana Bay guests will receive priority access, while guests of the other Universal Orlando Resort hotels will queue in a standby line.

Stranger Things will also come to life in the hotel with unique theming and décor inspired by the series, including Will’s iconic sprawling tunnel map adorning the staircase in the lobby and specially-themed pizza boxes from Cabana Bay Beach Resort’s Delizioso Pizza that guests can receive when ordering a late-night snack.

The fun is all part of Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights that runs on select nights until Saturday, November 2, bringing the most terrifying names in horror to life in 10 all-new elaborately themed haunted houses, including Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” five scare zones, live entertainment and more. Universal Orlando guests who stay at one of the resort’s seven hotels will receive complimentary transportation to Universal’s theme parks and Universal CityWalk in addition to special access to a dedicated Halloween Horror Nights entry gate, each event night until 8 p.m.

For more information about the totally terrifying Halloween Horror Nights and other theme park news make sure to follow @onthegoinmco on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!

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2019 Walt Disney World Easter Egg Displays

2019 Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays YouTube

Happy Easter to everyone celebrating today!!!

Join us for a look at some of the amazing Walt Disney World Resort Easter Egg Displays expertly modeled out of chocolate & other edible treats!

This annual traditions is one of my absolute favorites at Walt Disney World!!!

In this video we take you (in order of appearance) to the Easter Egg Displays at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort & Spa, Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Boardwalk Inn, Disney’s Yacht Club Resort, & finally Disney’s Beach Club Resort.

Photos in this video are by Betsy (www.instagram.com/floridamingo) & Kelly (www.instagram.com/kellbelle), so make sure to give them a follow!

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Check out the 2013 Easter Egg Display at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort and Spa here.

Thanks so much for watching & we’ll see ya real soon!!!

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Holidays at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Holiday festivities and Santa return to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa and Mrs. Claus return for their annual vacation, bringing holiday décor and festivities throughout the season

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and their elf, Kandy Kane, return for their annual holiday vacation to the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, Santa’s favorite resort, as part of the resort’s 2018 holiday season celebration.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

In addition to the meet and greets with the North Pole visitors in their vacation attire, other holiday favorites including bedtime elf tuck-ins, a dancing lights show and 2,000-pound life-size holiday scene made entirely from chocolate all return to create a festive atmosphere for guests.

Guest who make reservations at www.santasfavoriteresort.com can receive holiday season room rates up to 10 percent off at the Epcot Resort Area resort.

The full slate of Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort holiday activities include:

Santa and Mrs. Claus Meet and Greets

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel Christmas Santa and Mrs. Claus on the balcony
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa, Mrs. Claus and Kandy Kane, decked out in their favorite Florida vacation attire, will meet guests in Santa’s customized Tiki hut on select nights starting Nov. 23. This unique holiday photo opportunity is filled with Florida flair featuring reindeer, palm trees, flamingos and holiday cheer.

A Florida Snowfall and Tree Lighting Ceremony

The Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort’s holiday tree, showcasing continuously changing lights, returns to brighten up the holidays. Throughout December, guests can experience the transformation of the lobby into a festive holiday scene featuring the state-of-the-art 24-foot-tall Christmas tree. Regularly timed indoor snowfalls complete the holiday scene. On select nights, guests can join Mrs. Claus in the Dolphin lobby for the lighting of the Christmas tree starting at 6 p.m. The ceremony is followed by hot holiday beverages and crafts for kids at Santa’s Tiki Hut.

Bedtime Elf Tuck-Ins

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Santa’s elves are making their return to bring holiday joy to children staying at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort. On select nights starting Nov. 30, elves will deliver milk in a souvenir cup, cookies and a storybook to resort rooms. Elves, dressed in full costume, will also read a bedtime story and tuck children on Santa’s nice list into bed. Price varies by date and a service charge of 24 percent is added, in addition to tax. Reservations are required, and space is limited. To book, call 407-934-4206.

Life-Size Chocolate Holiday Santa Scene

 

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Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

Constructed entirely of chocolate, this life-size sculpture weighs approximately 2,000 pounds! The sculpture, created by two-time world pastry champion and the resort’s executive pastry chef, Laurent Branlard, is showcased in the lobby of the Swan. It features chocolate Santa sitting in his chair; a 7-foot-tall, 400-pound chocolate nutcracker; chocolate fireplace; chocolate Christmas tree; and chocolate toy train.

The scene will be displayed in the lobby of the resort throughout December and is 100 percent edible. However, any chocolate lovers thinking of taking on the challenge of consuming this enormous sweet should consider that it is 4 million calories! (And unfortunately, the sculpture is not available for tasting.)

Dancing Lights Show

A dazzling musical light show transforms the outdoor causeway each evening into a holiday spectacle with dancing illuminated palm trees and favorite holiday tunes. The performances occur regularly from sunset through 10 p.m.

Magic Keys for Santa on Christmas Eve

How will Santa deliver presents to each guest room without a chimney? With a magic key of course! Children can hang a magic key on their door to help Santa find his way on Christmas Eve. Magic keys are available on Dec. 24 at the concierge desk.

Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotel
Photo: Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort

For more details about all the holiday excitement, including a full schedule of activities, at the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort or to make room reservations, please visit www.santasfavoriteresort.com or call           1-800-227-1500.

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Island H2O Live! Water Park At Margaritaville Resort Orlando

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park

Margaritaville Resort Orlando Announces Island H2O Live! Water Park Details

Island H2O Live! water park set to bring chills and thrills to Central Florida in Spring 2019

I don’t know about you, but I am STOKED for the opening of the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019!

And as I’ve been driving by the site, I can’t help but notice the HUGE water park area that is taking shape next to 192 in Kissimmee.

Today I was excited to learn that Central Florida’s newest and most immersive water park will be called Island H2O Live!, and will be opening with the Margaritaville Resort Orlando in Spring 2019.

Island H2O Live! will unleash the power of pure play and enthusiasm with nine different thrill rides, a lazy river, a wave pool, a kids’ area, and a river raft ride for the whole family. Designed to enable guests to customize their experience and share it with the world, the park uses a new RFID wristband system that will enable guests to personalize the music and lighting they experience on select rides, making every time very unique.

The park, owned by Horizon Waterpark, LLC and developed in collaboration with Encore Capital Management and Innovative Attraction Management, will change the way people think about water parks.

Island H2O Live Park Map Rendering
Margaritaville Resort Orlando

“Water parks are known for exhilarating rides and attractions, but Island H2O Live! will let guests be playful in interactive ways that have never been seen before,” said Albo Antenucci Jr., Executive in Charge, Horizon Waterpark, LLC. “These incredible opportunities for engagement will be what Island H2O Live! is all about.”

BEHIND THE TECHNOLOGY

The wristband system at Island H2O Live! is called Vantage and is the latest offering from water slide manufacturer WhiteWater West.

The Vantage system works through an app that guests download either before or when they arrive. Once they arrive at the park, guests sync the app to their wristbands and the fun begins, as a scanner on certain slides will read their wristband and automatically play songs and lighting effects from the previously established selections.

On some slides, the technology will enable cameras to snap pictures and video and share the content directly to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, or other social media sites. Guests can also use their creativity and personal style to produce their own slide experience by choosing music playlists, lighting preferences and tagging their social media handles for easy sharing.

Another high-tech feature: “Be Live” invites guests to sing karaoke or star in other audio/visual experiences with clips from these sessions shared through the app.
The gamified app also allows guests to earn loyalty points with every ride. Guests can win prizes such as free food and beverage items, skip-the-line passes, and more.

“These features speak to the ‘Live’ part of our name,” Albo Antenucci Jr. “Customization offers guests the creative space to develop their own adventures, to be in the moment, but then capture those moments and share them in real-time.”

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Margaritaville Resort Orlando

PERSONALIZED PARADISE

The experience at Island H2O Live! will be all about creating your own, unique, customized experience. For those looking to soak in the island vibe, listen to music, and have some chill with their thrill, tropically-inspired havens will abound with hammocks, cabanas and soft sand beaches around every turn and adult-only areas will offer cocktails only steps from your beach chair.

To keep the fun going. Island H20 Live! is within walking distance or a short trolley ride to Margaritaville Orlando Resort hotel and cottages, and Sunset Walk, the resort’s retail, dining and entertainment district featuring everything from Studio Movie Grill, to Rock & Brews, BurgerFi, Capone’s, Ford’s Garage, GameTime, Sketchers and more.

AFFORDABLE FUN

Island H20 Live! admission will offer the most fun you can have in the water at a great value. Please visit IslandH2OLive.com for specific ticket pricing or to book tickets call 407-910-1401.

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Touring The Copper Creek Villas And Cabins

The Disney Vacation Club will welcome its 14th Resort when Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins opens July 17, 2017.

While construction is still under way, we were invited to take a look at the progress and to learn more about Walt Disney World’s newest Resort that will offer Deluxe Studio, 1- or 2- Bedroom Villa, 3-Bedroom Grand Villa or a private waterfront Cabin accommodations.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins

Disney’s Copper Creek Villas and Cabins’ design is based on the Early Settlements and the railway exploration of the Northwest, and in all of the rooms you will find nods to this time period with stainless steel appliances, rail spikes used as hooks for hanging items, and dove tail features on the furniture. The artwork in the room features Brother Bear, the Carolwood Pacific trains, and totems which are reminiscent of the Wilderness Lodge.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Deluxe Studio
Deluxe Studio

In the 1 and 2 bedrooms you will find a fully equipped kitchen, stacked washer and dryer, and a sleek bubble-jet tub.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins One-Bedroom Villa
One-Bedroom Villa

DVC Copper Creek Villas and CabinsOne-Bedroom Villa Interior
One-Bedroom Villa Interior

In the 3 bedroom Grand Villa your master bathroom is fitted with a bubble-jet tub and an in-mirror TV.

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Grand Villa Interior Living Room Rendering

The Cabins will make you feel that you are in the Northwest, featuring unique chandeliers, woods for the door Frames and furniture and the counters are exquisite.

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The open style kitchen, and the double sided stone hearth fireplace will make you feel at home. For Relaxation there is  screened in wraparound porch with a built in hot tub.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Waterfront Cabin Interior Rendering
Waterfront Cabin Interior Rendering

Two other areas that you won’t want to miss checking out at Copper Creek Villas and Cabins are located just outside of the rooms!

The pool is based upon a Rock Quarry and there will be 4 Cabanas. There will also be table side food service available in the pool area.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Geyser Point Exterior

For dining you can visit the newly opened Geyser Point Bar and Grill that has spectacular views of Bay Lake and delicious food and crafted cocktails based on the cuisine of the Pacific Northwest.

DVC Copper Creek Villas and Cabins Geyser Point Food Collage

Earlier this year the Disney Parks Blog shared a video that shows how this new resort will work in harmony with the other resorts at Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, and it’s really amazing the level of detail that they’ve put into the Copper Creek Villas and Cabins!

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Easter Staycation At The Gaylord Palms Resort

The Gaylord Palms Resort is absolutely one of our favorite places to staycation in Orlando, and this Easter you can find EGGcelent activities for the entire family to enjoy on Saturdays and Sundays through April 16, 2017!

2017 Gaylord Palms Resort Easter Staycation

The Easter fun begins in the Resort’s Atrium where guests will discover beautiful pastel-colored tulips, daffodils, hyacinth and more blooming alongside giant, decorated Easter eggs and a particularly large “chocolate” bunny.

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Large Chocolate bunny
Gaylord Palms Resort

From April 1 to 16, guests can grab a free scavenger hunt booklet and follow the clues, journeying through the resort’s gardens to discover 10 oversized Easter Eggs in the 4.5 acre (and indoor) Great Gaylord Palms Egg Hunt!

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt
Gaylord Palms Resort

The Gaylord Palms Resort in the past year has been adding new entertainment, and this Easter springtime characters make their debut in new show Queen Titania Tulip’s Easter Coronation and High Tea.  The light-hearted, interactive musical revue welcomes families to join Queen Titania and her Royal Court as they crown the new Queen or King of Spring. In addition to sing-alongs, kids will decorate an Easter egg cookie, search for eggs in a unique egg hunt and learn some hippity-hoppity dance moves. (Saturdays, Sundays; $14.99 per decorating kit, plus tax)

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Queen Titania Tulip Corronation Tea
Gaylord Palms Resort

Why you’re there you will want to hop on down to Villa de Flora to enjoy an award-winning breakfast where Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny do some table-hopping, delivering smiles and hugs while posing for photos.  (Saturdays, Sundays; $27.50 per adult, $13.75 per child 4-12, plus tax and gratuity)

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Easter Bunny Villa de Flora
Gaylord Palms Resort

Kids can make Easter-themed arts and crafts near the new Cypress Springs Water Park (more about that in a minute) giving parents some time to relax. (Saturdays, Sundays; $6.99 per person, plus tax)

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Atrium Flowers
Gaylord Palms Resort

The Relâche Spa is getting wrapped up in the Easter festivities offering a fresh, hands-on family activity as the spa team supplies the ingredients to create a custom salt scrub and egg-shaped bunny bath fizz. When the activity is completed, guests will be able to bring home a fragrant sample of the Relâche experience. (Fridays, Saturdays; $13.99 per kit, plus tax – recommended for children 5 years of age and older) 

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Gaylord Palms Resort

Young guests enjoying Easter Sunday at Gaylord Palms Resort can romp and roam the outdoor Coquina Lawn during an Easter Egg Dash to snatch up 1,000 multi-colored eggs filled with sweet treats. (Easter Sunday, April 16 at 11 a.m.; complimentary for resort guests)

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Easter Egg Dash
Gaylord Palms Resort

Now about the new Cypress Springs Water Park! Families know this area for its zero-entry family pool, treehouse water play structure, and four water slides. BUT thanks to a a recent $4.2 million addition thrill seekers will get to know this area of the Resort, too!

New waterslide structure Big Cypress towers nearly 60 feet above the pools, daring brave guests to climb up to experience the mix of three new slides created for adrenaline junkies. The Florida Free Fall is an AquaDrop slide that dispenses guests through a trapdoor into a 35-foot free-fall and flatline loop, ending in a centrifugal force finalChampagne Bowl splashdown. Just beneath the drop slide, the Tamiami Twister racing slides allow pairs of guests to speed through the twisting, high speed dual body flumes to see who arrives down below first!

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Water Slide Drop
Gaylord Palms Resort

The other signature addition to Cypress Springs is The Wake Zone, a Double FlowRider offering a surfable simulated wave for guests.  Positioned at the southern end of the zero-entry family pool, guests can watch one another learn and master how to flowboard with the onsite training staff.

Gaylord Palms Easter 2017 - Flow Rider

Easter Eggstravaganza Weekends room packages start at $169 per night, plus tax and resort fee, and are available Friday and Saturday nights from March 31st to April 15th (based on availability). For additional information or to book your getaway, visit their website.

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Inside the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Bungalows

The new LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, opening on April 7th, brings a brand new resort style to their second hotel at LEGOLAND Florida.

LEGOLAND Beach Retreat will feature the same high level of detail and kid-centric amenities at the LEGOLAND Hotel, but this time guests will enjoy a village-style vacation resort on Lake Dexter (a half-mile away from the park entrance) with 83 beach-themed bungalows offering 166 separate rooms, each with whimsical LEGO décor inside and out.

The brightly colored bungalows are grouped into 13 “coves” named after popular LEGO Minifigures. Each includes an outdoor play area with fun and challenging elements, all within view of the bungalows’ shaded patios, where mom and dad can relax while kids play.

Take a first look inside the LEGOLAND Beach Retreat Bungalows that are still under construction!

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Other LEGOLAND
Beach Retreat amenities include:

  • Sandy’s Castle Restaurant, located inside The Lighthouse and featuring a bountiful menu of entrees, sides and desserts designed to please the palates of kids and grownups alike.
  • Bricks Beach Bar, offering an eclectic menu of made-to-order food, drinks and creative cocktails served poolside and inside The Lighthouse.
    • A delicious breakfast is included with each night’s stay; lunch and dinner will be available without reservations.
  • Palm Tree Traders, a large retail shop stocked with LEGO building sets and Minifigures, apparel, toys, swimwear, snacks and sundries.
  • Complimentary parking in LEGOLAND Florida Resort’s main parking lot.
  • Early access to the theme park, with exclusive use of some of the most popular attractions, including LEGO NINJAGO World when it opens Jan. 12.

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LEGOLAND Florida Resort

Reservations are available for stays from April 7 through Nov. 30, 2017. To book a stay at LEGOLAND Beach Retreat, visit LEGOLAND.com/beachretreat or call (877) 350-5346 daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nightly room rates start at $135 (plus tax and resort fee) and vary by season, date and availability.

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The Ultimate HoliDAY At The Gaylord Palms

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The Ultimate HoliDAY At The Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was invited by the Gaylord Palms Resort to experience all that they have to offer this holiday season, and all opinions (with extreme enthusiasm and joy) are my own. 

The Gaylord Palms Resort is Kissimmee is one of our favorite places to visit and stay in Orlando, and during the holiday season the resort is a winter wonderland of activity with shows, experiences, and food you won’t want to miss!

Here’s how to have the ultimate holiDAY celebrating Christmas at the Gaylord Palms!

Breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends

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Enjoy a character breakfast buffet with Peanuts-themed dishes that include Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station with Snoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola. As you eat Charlie Brown and Lucy make their way around the dining room greeting their guests, and there’s a special photo stop with Snoopy near the entrance to Villa de Flora.

  • Location: Villa de Flora Restaurant
  • Price: Adults $32.99 | Child $21.99
  • Times and Dates: 8:00am – 10:30am
    November 18–23, 25-27
    December 2-4, 9-11, 16-18, 21-31
    January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-1114

Breakfast also serves a dual purpose, because it allows you to start your day in a super fun way AND allows you to get valet parking validated (on meals over $50)! It’s a win-win!

Take a Photo with Santa

After breakfast head over to the Alpine Village to take a photo with the big guy himself in his workshop. I suggest doing this before going into ICE! so you don’t have to worry about ‘parka hair’!

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Photo Packages start at $34.99 (no sitting fee)
  • Times and Dates:*
    • 10am – 7pm | Sunday – Thursday
    • 10am – 9pm | Friday – Saturday & Dec. 20-22
    • 10am – 5pm | Dec. 24

*Subject to sales tax. Santa will take a break every day from 4pm – 5pm to feed the reindeer (excluding Dec. 24).

ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - Charlie Brown and Snoopy with Christmas Tree

The star of Christmas at the Gaylord Palms is the annual ICE! exhibit where over 2 million pounds of ice is carved to create the ultimate winter experience with beautiful ice sculptures, ice slides, and fun photo ops.

ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree.

There are SEVERAL ticket options and discounts available (check them out here), but if you are planning on doing the ultimate holiDAY I suggest checking out the ‘Play All Day GOLD Pass’ that includes one time entry to: ICE! featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas, The Elf on the Shelf® Scavenger Hunt, Alpine Rush Snow Tubing, Santa’s Snow Throw ($51.99 adults | $41.99 children ages 4 – 12)

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Varies depending on experiences
  • Times and Dates: 10:00am – varies by date
    November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423

Build-A-Bear Workshop

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - Build a Bear with blue parka

The Alpine Village is home to a Build-A-Bear Workshop with exclusive ICE! and resort merchandise! This year you can take home a Gaylord Palms Polar Bear, buy a blue ICE! parka for your furry friend, or create a new friend when you add lots of stuffing and wish on a heart.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Price of purchase may vary depending on item selected.
  • Times and Dates:
    • Daily: 10am – 10pm
    • 10am – 8pm | November 27 – December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1

Gingerbread Decorating Corner

Warm up at the Gingerbread Decorating Corner where you can choose from two different design options to create either a delectable holiday-themed gingerbread cookie kit or a complete gingerbread house and meet the gingerbread man for a heartwarming hug you can capture with your own camera.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: Holiday Cookie Kit (4 cookies) $22.99 | Gingerbread House Kit $29.99
  • Times and Dates:
    • 12pm – 6pm | Monday – Thursday
    • 10am – 6pm | Sunday
    • 10am – 7pm | Friday & Saturday
  • For Reservations: stop by the Alpine Village or book in advance online

For a good giggle, check out Betsy & I creating our Gingerbread masterpiece…it’s an oldie, but goodie!

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Elf of the Shelf Scavenger Hunt

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - Elf on a Shelf Scavenger Hunt

The Elf on the Shelf® scout elves are back at the Gaylord Palms Resort! Purchase a clue booklet and help find the scout elves hiding around the resort by solving puzzles for a special prize.

  • Location: Around the Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Price: $9.99 (you can even purchase them online in advance)
  • Times and Dates: Ongoing

Grab a light bite to eat

So by now you are going to be hungry, why not grab a bite to eat at one of the many locations around the resort!

Alpine Rush Snow Tubing

Race down an eight-lane tubing hill that’s fun for all ages and covered in REAL SNOW! Double riding tubes are available for parents with small children, and in the evenings you can groove down giant snow covered hills while jamming to different decades of music.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $19.99 for unlimited runs
  • Times & Dates:
    • 10am – 9pm | November 18-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 21-31
    • 10am – 7pm | November 27- December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423 or purchase online in advance

Santa’s Snow Throw

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - Santa's Snow Throw

Step right up and throw real snowballs at a series of targets that is fun for the entire family. Make sure to take aim at the special targets that trigger effects around the area!

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $9.99
  • Times & Dates:
    • 10am – 9pm | November 18-26; December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17, 21-31
    • 10am – 7pm | November 27- December 1, 4-8, 11-15, 18-20; January 1
  • For Reservations: call 407-586-4423 or purchase online in advance

Mrs. Claus Christmas Traditions and Story Time Sing-A-Long

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - Mrs Claus Holiday Traditions and sing-a-long

Join Mrs. Claus for a reading of holiday classics, a sing-a-long of Christmas carols, and reindeer games during this 30 minute show. While you are relaxing in the comfy bean bag chairs, you can enjoy a batch of Mrs. Claus’ world-famous cookies and a glass of ice cold milk.

  • Location: Alpine Village
  • Price: $14.99
  • Times and Dates:
    • 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Nov. 18-26; Dec. 3, 10, 17, 21-24, 28-31
    • 4:30pm, 5:30pm, 6:30pm | Nov. 27, Dec. 4, 11, 18-20, 25-27; Jan. 1
    • 6:30pm, 7:30pm | Dec. 2, 9, 16
  • Reservations: Can be made in person in the Alpine Village or online in advance here

A Christmas Wish Light Show

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - A Christmas Wish Light Show

New this year, the resort’s stunning atrium comes to life during A Christmas Wish, a new six-minute light show where narration, classic holiday music, and dazzling visual effects converge to create a spirited seasonal celebration centered around the new, incredible 60-foot LED-lit Christmas tree towering above Emerald Plaza. It is FANTASTIC!!!

  • Location: St. Augustine Atrium
  • Price: FREE
  • Times and Dates:
    • Sunday – Thursday at 6:15pm, 8:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm
    • Friday and Saturday at 6:15pm, 8:45pm and 9:15pm

Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 -Cirque Dreams Unwrapped

The Gaylord Palms Resort hosts an exclusive, limited-time stage 25 minute show called Cirque Dreams Unwrapped that features an array of seasonal characters brought to life in a dreamscape of imaginative costumes and creativity, while stunning feats of showmanship are unwrapped, performed on stage and in the air.

  • Location: Emerald Bay Plaza Stage, St. Augustine Atrium
  • Price: FREE (Complimentary) seats are first come, first served basis.
  • VIP Seating:
    • Evening $17.99 (adults and seniors) | $12.99 (children)
    • Matinee $14.99 (adults and seniors) | $10.99 (children)
    • Tickets subject to tax and service fee.
  • Times and Dates:
    • 1:00pm and 6:30pm | Sunday – Thursday
    • 6:30pm and 8:00pm | Friday
    • 1pm, 6:30pm and 8pm | Saturday
    • No shows Thanksgiving Day 11/24

And if you want to take your Christmas at the Gaylord Palms to the next level, why not book a stay with these great packages!

Gaylord Palms ICE 2016 - St Augustine Atrium

We always look forward to experiencing Christmas at the Gaylord Palms, and I cannot recommend visiting the resort highly enough! You definitely will have a fantastic experience!!!Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

Universal’s Aventura Hotel Details Announced

Universal's Aventura Hotel Announcement 

Universal’s Aventura Hotel to bring affordable-chic to life at Universal Orlando Resort in Summer 2018

When it opens in the summer of 2018, guests visiting the new Universal’s Aventura Hotel will arrive at a sleek and stylish space designed to create an affordable-chic experience in the heart of a vibrant and relaxing resort atmosphere for guests at the Universal Orlando Resort.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Entry Level Rendering
Universal Orlando Resort / Loews Hotels

Universal’s Aventura Hotel, designed with the connected and value-savvy traveler in mind, will become the destination’s sixth hotel and continue the unprecedented growth ongoing at Universal Orlando Resort. The 16-story gleaming glass tower will consist of 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites. It will bring the total number of on-site hotel rooms at Universal Orlando to 6,200 when combined with the 400-room expansion of Universal’s Cabana Bay Beach Resort opening in 2017.

The hotel will feature the destination’s first-ever rooftop bar and grill, where guests will enjoy small plates and craft cocktails while taking in incredible panoramic views of Universal Orlando and the surrounding tropical landscape. Hotel guests can also dine at a modern food hall offering five unique cuisine options in a marketplace setting just off the lobby. Amenities exclusive to guests staying on-site will include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary on-site transportation, a relaxing pool with a hot tub, kids’ splash pad area and fire pit, a state-of-the-art fitness center, gift shop and car rental facilities.

Universal's Aventura Hotel Entry Lobby Rendering
Universal Orlando Resort / Loews Hotels

Universal’s Aventura Hotel will offer guests yet another value priced option when choosing from the wide range of on-site hotels at Universal Orlando Resort. The new hotel will neighbor Loews Sapphire Falls Resort and will be just steps away from Universal Orlando’s theme parks, including Universal Studios Florida, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, and Universal’s Volcano Bay – a first-of-its-kind water theme park opening in early summer 2017. Universal CityWalk, the destination’s dining and entertainment complex, will be accessible via walking paths or shuttle service from Universal’s Aventura Hotel.

Away from the energy of the hotel’s public spaces, the guest room experience embraces a serene, modern environment with refreshing, natural colors such as sea blue and rose, and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views of the destination.

Universal’s Aventura Hotel Fast Facts:

Opening Date: Summer 2018
Style: Modern and sleek 16-story glass tower in the midst of a vibrant and relaxingresort atmosphere.

Rooms: 600 guest rooms, including 13 kids’ suites
Amenities: Highlights include Early Park Admission to Universal’s theme parks, complimentary transportation across the destination, a peaceful pool with a hot tub and kids’ splash pad, on-site car rental, agift shop and a state-of-the-art fitness center.

Dining: Fast-casual food hall with fiveunique cuisine styles, a rooftop bar and grill featuring small plates, craft cocktailsand panoramic views, a lobby bar, a pool bar and Starbucks.

Reservations: Will be accepted in early2017

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Fall Is Full Of Fun At The Gaylord Palms Resort

Gaylord Palms Resort Fall 2016

Gaylord Palms Resort invites guests to experience the spooky happenings of the Halloween season Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays in October. Beginning September 30, guests can scurry over to GaylordPalms for a ghoulishly good time. From costume contests and a zombie scavenger hunt to a pool party hosted by Dracula himself, there’s fun and frights for every member of the family!

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Goblins and Giggles Getaway Weekends activities include:
The Zany Zombie Chase – Zombies have gotten loose inside of our harvest-clad gardens and must be found. Dare to find all ten zombies and enter to win a Grand Prize.

Monster Mash Bash and Costume Contest, featuring “The Runaway Witch” – Show off your monster dance moves and compete in a costume contest with terror-ific prizes. Plus, NEW this year, sing along with a young witch and vampire as they explore the tricks and treats of the season – included in Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends rate.

BOO-tiful Arts & Crafts – Kids of all ages can create their own monster-pieces to don during the Monster Mash Bash – included in Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends rate.

Splish Slash Pool Party – Join Dracula poolside for some ghoulishly fun games.

Plus! It’s about to drop at Gaylord Palms Resort as we introduce new additions to our Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park in October. Choose a slide, Miami or Tampa, and compete with your friends down the Tamiami Twister racing slides, fall through the floor of our new Florida Free Fall drop slide and go against the flow surfing the Wake Zone on the double FlowRider!

Poolside Moonlight Movie – Scary movies beneath the stars at Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park.

Trick or Treat Atrium Expedition – Explore the entire resort while trick or treating with stops throughout to get some deliciously spooky treats – included in Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends rate.

Fantastical Face Painting – scary or sweet, our face painter will transform your face for the fun Halloween activities!

Room nights start at $149 and include the Trick or Treat Atrium Expedition experience, the Monster Mash Bash with Costume Contest and BOO-tiful Arts & Crafts for each guest.

For a complete schedule of activities and to book your Goblins & Giggles Getaway Weekends visit www.GaylordPalms.com or call 407-586-2000.

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Getting in the spirit of the season isn’t exclusive to Halloween or kids. Join us October 6 as we spend an evening with Heather Greene, a world-leading spirit expert, for a whiskey training and book-signing under our 4.5 acre glass-enclosed atrium. Learn the history of whiskey, sample distinct varieties and discover optimal food pairings. After the training, enjoy a whiskey social with specially-designed tastings – from all of the food and beverage experiences Gaylord Palms Resort has to offer – paired with selections from the top whiskey distillers in the country.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

Things To Know On The Go: Christmas At Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms 2016

Christmas at Gaylord Palms is one of my absolute FAVORITE Holiday Events, and this year there are some really great new additions as well as some returning favorites!

Things To Know On The Go:

Christmas At Gaylord Palms

1. Familiar friends join the Christmas fun at ICE!

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

This year Presented by Pepsi, ICE! will be featuring A Charlie Brown Christmas by Charles Schulz. Visitors can watch Charlie Brown rediscover the true meaning of Christmas as the beloved classic story unfolds through interactive ice sculptures and displays. Experience the Peanuts gang in iconic scenes such as their holiday play rehearsal, Snoopy’s decorated doghouse and Charlie Brown choosing the perfect Christmas tree. Everything hand-carved from 2 million pounds of ice!

2. Create new family Holiday traditions

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Mrs. Claus’ Holiday Traditions is a story time and sing-along where guests can cozy around the jolliest hostess of all time, delight in the reading of holiday classic stories and sing carols during this 30-minute interactive show. This show is complete with Mrs. Claus’ world-famous cookies and a glass of cold milk.

3. Throw a snowball in Florida

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Santa’s Snow Throw is as fun as it sounds. Guests are invited to show off their pitching prowess by tossing real snowballs at a variety of targets.  

4. Enjoy a new Resort Atrium centerpiece

Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Rendering: Gaylord Palms

Guests who enjoyed the lighting of the 54-foot majestic Christmas tree in the past will revel in the all new light show ignited by the hotel’s all new LED based 60-foot Christmas tree.

5. Have breakfast with new friends

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Who hasn’t dreamed of having breakfast with Charlie Brown & Friends? This one-of-a-kind interactive character breakfast includes a delicious breakfast buffet withPeanuts-themed dishes, such as Charlie Brown’s Build-Your-Own-French-Toast Station withSnoopy’s Maple Syrup, Pig Pen’s Dirty Hash Browns, Lucy’s Flap Jacks and Woodstock’s Granola. Plus, guests will get to hang out with the Peanuts gang including Lucy and Charlie Brown.

6. Unwrap a new dream

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Back by popular demand, Broadway director and Cirque Dreams Founder NeilGoldberg brings his famed entertainment brand to Orlando for the second year in a row.Created exclusively for Gaylord Palms, this year’s spellbinding production unwraps an exciting new experience featuring breathtaking artistry from around the worldThe entire family can enjoy this uniquely inspired 25-minute Christmas fable and dream presented with CirqueDreams renowned theatricality, spectacle and imagination.   

7. Slide on a snow tube in the sunshine state

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Alpine Rush is back this year along with Cosmic Snow Tubing and the all new Down with the Decades. Guests will be able to zoom down an eight-lane tubing hill that’s fun for all ages and covered in real snow. Cosmic tubing turns up the fun with flashing LED lights and high-spirited holiday music while Down with the Decades blasts popular music from past decades.

8. Re-discover returning favorites for families

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Families visiting Christmas at Gaylord Palms will find many favorite activities have returned for 2016! You will be able to find scout elves and solve some puzzles as you take part in the Elf on a Shelf Scavenger Hunt around the resort for a special prize, head down to the Alpine Village to the Gingerbread Decoration Corner where you can decorate your own Gingerbread creation and even take a photo with a life-sized Gingerbread Man, build your own friend at the Build-A-Bear Workshop, and don’t forget to take a photo with Santa.

9. Find returning favorites for adults

Christmas at Gaylord Palms ICE! 2015

Adults aren’t left out in the cold this year at Christmas at Gaylord Palms! On the Blocks, the adult-only exclusive ICE! bar, will be making a return inside of the ICE! attraction, there are special cocktails and menus throughout the resort, and taking a nighttime stroll through the resort atrium’s lush gardens (over 500,000 plants) sprinkled with poinsettias, grand holiday displays and more than 2 million twinkling lights is truly magical.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Photo: Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms takes place from November 18, 2016 – January 1, 2017, and you and your family won’t want to miss this fantastic Holiday experience!

Make sure you visit the ChristmasatGaylordPalms.com for exclusive deals (right now select dates are 20% off), calendars to make planning your visit easier, and more!

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Experiencing SummerFest At The Gaylord Palms

Gaylord Palms SummerFest 2016 Collage

Experiencing SummerFest At The Gaylord Palms

Disclosure: I was hosted by the Gaylord Palms Resort to experience SummerFest, but all opinions are my own.

The Gaylord Palms Resort is known for ICE!, their special event in the winter, but this Summer the resort has been taken over by an invasion of Pirates, Princesses, and fun as SummerFest fills the Resort with exclusive activities from now until August 21, 2016.

During SummerFest you will be introduced to Princess Blackheart and story of a how she became the Ruler of Pirate Kingdom with exclusive events including character breakfasts, resort-wide scavenger hunts, and tons of outdoor and water fun for pirates of all ages.

It is really easy to spend several days in the resort taking part in all the SummerFest Activities!

Princess Priscilla’s Coronation Character Breakfast

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Captain Blackheart the Pirate King crew alongside his daughter, Princess Priscilla, infamous Captain Pat Beeks, and his singing cabin boy Jonny Stranger at MOOR every morning from 8 am – 11 am. This breakfast buffet has an ideal setting and delicious food including a waffle bar. Can we take a moment to talk about how epic Zoe’s waffle was???

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016

Shiver me Timbers, it’s Morning Cartoons!

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Start your morning off right with classic cartoons at the Cypress Springs Pool from 9 – 10 am. There is nothing like watching Batman cartoons in a pool on a beautiful summer morning!

The SoBe Splash Party

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
At Cypress Springs Pool from noon until 4 pm (weather permitting) Captain Blackheart leads
pool games, dance pARRRties, and you will do as he says or you will walk the plank. This was one of Zoe’s favorite parts of the weekend, and she HAD to do it every day!

Merfolk Academy

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
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he Merfolk Academy teaches guests how to leave the shore and flip their fins under the water twice daily on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at Cypress Springs Pool all summer. To book this experience, call 844-308-5056. While this is an extra cost, it was a ton of fun! As you can see, parents are welcome to take the class with their kids!

Y’ARRRd Games

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
Head down to the
Coquina Lawn from 1-5 pm to try your hand (or hook) at fun games for the entire crew. Is that not the face of intense concentration?????

First Mate Movies on the Deck
Watch a family-friendly movie as the sun sets on the Cypress Springs
poolside screen at 8:15 pm (weather permitting). The movie schedule is on the activity guides you get at check in at the Resort.

ARRRts & Crafts

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
Ready to get arrrtsy? Inside the Arcade from noon – 4 pm you can escape the heat (or rain) by making your own pirate sword, crown, or eyepatch for a nominal fee.

Pirate Invasion Parade

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
Meet in the Lobby and p
romenade throughout the beautiful Gaylord Palms Atrium alongside of Princess Priscilla and Johnny in your pirate finest at 5pm. Who knows…you may even get some hints as to where you can find Pirate Blackheart’s treasure.

Blackheart’s Treasure Hunt

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest 2016
Captain Blackheart stashed priceless treasures throughout the Gaylord Palms, and on this Treasure Hunt you will find them and be rewarded handsomely.

Stories and Chanties Under the Stars

Gaylord Palms Resort SummerFest
Step right up and l
isten to the tall tales of the seven seas with Princess Priscilla and Johnny as she embarks upon the perils and pleasures of becoming the first female Pirate Captain. This high energy show involves theatrics, chanties, and ends with s’mores under the stars.

SummerFest is an awesome addition to the Gaylord Palms Resort, and with so many different activities there truly is something for everyone to enjoy!

For a complete schedule of activities and to book your SummerFest getaway from now until August 21, 2016, visit www.GaylordPalms.com/SummerFest or call 407-586-2000.Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram

A Sneak Peek At Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

A Sneak Peek At Loews Sapphire Falls Resort Collage

A Sneak Peek At Loews Sapphire Falls Resort

The opening of Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, at the Universal Orlando Resort, is only a few weeks away, and we are sharing a sneak peek at the new Resort.

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

The Universal Orlando Blog described the resort as…

From cascading waterfalls and massive stone turrets to vintage rum and fresh ceviche, we’ve always been drawn to the history and allure of the Caribbean. Imagine, in the middle of a secluded island, we stumble upon a winding river leading to a beautiful, sapphire-blue swimming hole surrounded by ancient stone ruins and dense palms – the perfect environment to reshape into your exclusive island hideaway.

Upon completion the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort will have1,000 guest rooms, including 83 suites, the largest resort pool at Universal Orlando, with a waterslide, two sand beaches, fire pit and a children’s play area, several unique dining experiences, an immersive rum bar with more than 75 different rums from across the Caribbean, and so much more.

And I am really excited to share the images that Loews and the Universal Orlando Resort have shared!

Guest Rooms

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

Loews Sapphire Falls Resort rooms are inspired by the adventurous spirit and exotic destinations of the Golden Age of Travel, and the new look captures the tranquil serenity and bold heritage that embodies the spirit of the islands.

“Our new rooms are vibrant and luxurious, evoking the romance of traveling to the South Pacific” says Complex Managing Director Barb Bowden. “Combined with an extensive upgrade and renovation to the bathrooms, it is an entirely new room product for our guests to experience.”

The color palette was inspired by the islands, with sandy neutrals punctuated with hints of turquoise and tangerine reminiscent of sand, water and flowers. If you look closely, you will see that the custom furniture pieces make use of leather strapping details, metal corner guards, buckles and rivets, which are all nods to vintage luggage, steamer trunks, and majestic steamships.

Resort Pool

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

The sparkling 16,000 square foot resort pool at Sapphire Falls draws inspiration from Caribbean Sea, and is the largest at the Universal Orlando Resort!

The Sapphire Falls pool is also unique in design, because it has random and slightly varying depths to mimic the sea floor.

Surrounded by sandy beaches and palm trees, this pool looks like the perfect place to cool off after a day in the Universal Orlando parks!

Food & Beverage

A highlight of any vacation is indulging in food, and Sapphire Falls is no exception with four new dining options at the Resort.

Today we are sharing a peek at Amatista Cookhouse and the Strong Water Tavern.

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

The Amatista Cookhouse features Caribbean cuisine prepared in an exhibition kitchen that will be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The restaurant will offer waterfront dining with indoor, outdoor and private seating options.

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

With a rum captain as your guide, the Strong Water Tavern sounds like it will be a go-to stop for adult visitors to Sapphire Falls. The lounge, open for lunch and dinner, will have a wall of vintage rums, a unique ceviche bar, and a patio overlooking the lagoon that will offer daily rum tastings.

Special Offer

Sapphire Falls
Photo: Loews, Universal Orlando Resort

You can book your stay at Sapphire Falls now, and there is even a limited-time offer that includes a free dining credit in addition to the other amenities you receive for staying at the resort.

I hope that you enjoyed this sneak peek at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort, and we’ll be bringing you more information soon! Make sure you follow @onthegoinmco on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram!Follow us for more updates: Facebooktwittergoogle_plusyoutubetumblrinstagram