Once Upon a Spring at the Gaylord Palms Resort

Once Upon a Spring Gaylord Palms Resort 2022

Once Upon a Spring, the annual celebration at the Gaylord Palms Resort has fun for the entire family blooming around every corner from March 3 to May 14, 2023. 

The event features plenty of oversized pastel eggs, new Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse activities, an Easter Day Buffet, a pirate escape room, a themed scavenger hunt, and everyone’s favorite holiday hares, Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny. 

Once Upon a Spring Event Highlights 

Once Upon a Spring Gaylord Palms Resort 2022

Eggspress Yourself  

Larger-than-life Easter eggs and thousands of spring blossoms highlight the Eggspression Garden, a  themed walk-through experience in the atrium. A giant Easter egg archway greets guests on the self-guided trail with plenty of springtime photo spots for that perfect picture to share with friends and family.  

Bountiful Easter Buffet Dining Experience 

On Easter Sunday, April 9, from noon-6 p.m., Villa de Flora will host its annual Easter Buffet. The plentiful  buffet features more than ten stations, including antipasto, house-made bread, gourmet salads, chilled  favorites on ice like jumbo shrimp cocktail and cold-water oysters, a chef-crafted pasta bar, soups, short  ribs, citrus-brined chicken, a seafood paella station, a “knife-to-plate” station with taste-tempting dishes  like leg of lamb, prime rib and smoked ham, a children’s dining station and a delicious selection of  signature desserts. The cost is $75 per adult and $35 per child ages 4-12, plus tax and gratuity. To check  availability and make reservations, guests should visit GaylordPalmsDining.com

Once Upon a Spring Gaylord Palms Resort 2022

Meet Mr. and Mrs. Easter Bunny 

Mr. Easter Bunny will meet guests inside the resort each Saturday from March 4-April 8 at 1:30 p.m., 2:30  p.m., and 3:30 p.m. On Easter Sunday, April 9, the Easter Bunny will pose for photos at 10 a.m., 11 a.m.,  noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m. Mrs. Easter Bunny will also make special appearances on April  9, meeting guests at 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m., and 4 p.m. 

Kids Get Crafty in an All-New Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse 

Younger guests and their families can visit the all-new Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse, where they explore  the world around them and enjoy activities with the help of a special guest. This season’s special guest is  The Gardener, who will help kids create the perfect springtime craft – custom-painted flowerpots. 

Get Hopping with a Springtime Scavenger Hunt 

Young guests and families can embark on a springtime search throughout the resort in the Spring-A-Long  Scavenger Hunt. Exploring a 4.5-acre garden of spring flowers and seasonal pastel colors, families work  together and follow clues in their activity booklet during the at-your-own-pace activity. Guests who  complete the quest receive a springtime surprise to help celebrate their puzzle-solving prowess.

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Find Hidden Treasure in a Pirate Escape Room Experience 

Ahoy! Guests are invited to set sail on a springtime adventure in the Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room.  Captain Hornswaggle’s wife, Emerald, has recruited guests to her crew to pillage the Captain’s quarters  and claim his most valuable treasure. A series of puzzles, games, and riddles reveals the treasure’s secret  location, challenging guests to solve them before the Captain returns and makes them walk the plank.

Watch Dive-In Movies in a Splashy Cinema 

Each Saturday during the celebration, overnight guests are invited to take in a Dive-In Movie on the large  video wall near the zero-entry pool in Cypress Springs Water Park. Guests can enjoy the silver screen  selections from the swimming pool or from seating around the pool. 

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More Adventure Kids Fun in a Live Stage Show 

Younger explorers are invited to join Seth the Sea Turtle, Ava the Alligator, and Adventure Kid Sophie on  Saturdays inside the Gaylord Palms atrium to discover the wonders of the spring season in an interactive,  live show. These springtime shows occur at 1 p.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. 

Springtime Lights Come Alive in ‘Bloom’ 

When night falls at Gaylord Palms, a salute to springtime takes place in the skies above the atrium on the  resort’s animated light curtains in the “Bloom” light show. Festive flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and bouncing bunnies come to life in the colorful display. Guests in select main atrium-view rooms can watch  the show from the comfort of their balcony. 

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Packages and Tickets  

Gaylord Palms is offering “Welcome to More” Spring packages that include guest rooms and event tickets. For tickets or room packages for Once Upon a Spring, guests may visit GaylordPalms.com.  

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Once Upon a Spring at the Gaylord Palms Resort

Gaylord Palms Resort guests will see lots of larger-than-life, colorful Easter eggs all around the 4.5-acre garden atrium during the annual “Once Upon A Spring” special event.

The Gaylord Palms resort just celebrated its 20th anniversary, and the resort continues the festivities with the Once Upon a Spring event.

From March 4 to May 8, the Gaylord Palms Resort will be hopping with colorful springtime flowers, larger-than-life Easter eggs, an artful pop-up bar, sweet treats to eat (and decorate!), a themed escape room,  sing-along fairy tales with Mother Goose, and more. 

Once Upon a Spring at Gaylord Palms 2022

Once Upon a Spring Spotlight

Springtime Stories 

Famous children’s tales take center stage when Mother Goose leads a musical storytelling experience in  Paint Me A Fairytale, an interactive stage show in the hotel’s garden atrium. With the help of her storybook friends, Mother Goose brings classic tales like Little Red Riding Hood, the Princess and the  Pea, and Jack & the Beanstalk to life through story and song. 

Celebrating its Florida history, Gaylord Palms mixologists have created an orange creamsicle cocktail for the resort’s 20th anniversary. Featuring orange-flavored vermouth and vanilla vodka, the birthday beverage is topped with an anniversary garnish made with cocktail rice paper.

Colorful Cocktails & Multicolored Mocktails 

Resplendent artist palettes and pastel paintings serve as inspirations behind The Art Bar, a colorful pop-up bar that features a host of new cocktails and mocktails. Nestled in the Castillo de San Marcos Fort, the bar is the Gaylord Palms mixologists’ toast to the annual springtime celebration. The newly created menu features a wide range of libations made with colorful botanical and fruity ingredients with something to please every palate. 

Make a Date to Decorate 

Guests are encouraged to play with their food in Springtime Sweets Cookie Decorating, where they can decorate delicious cookies and take them home. This interactive, hands-on activity features a visit from the lovable Easter Bunny, who takes a break from delivering eggs to make a special appearance. 

A Fanciful Escape Room 

Amidst the bright hues of a dreamlike garden setting, guests work together in the all-new and original  Journey Into Spring escape room experience to decipher riddles, find hidden keys and unlock mysteries and secrets of the season. 

Eggspress Yourself 

Larger-than-life Easter eggs and bouquets of blossoms highlight the Eggspression Garden, a themed walk-through experience. A giant Easter egg archway greets guests on the self-guided trail as they discover plenty of springtime photo spots for that perfect picture to share with friends and family. 

Rabbits and Riddles 

With a book of clues in hand, guests solve puzzles and riddles in the Blossomin’ Bunnies Scavenger  Hunt. Successful springtime sleuths who find all of the hidden hares throughout the hotel atrium receive a  special prize. 

Springtime Nights, Springtime Lights 

When night falls, a salute to springtime takes place in the skies above the atrium on the resort’s newly upgraded, animated light curtains. Blooming flowers, pastel Easter eggs, and bouncing bunnies come to life in a bright and colorful display that repeats throughout the evening. 

Educating & Entertaining Animal Adventures 

There’s plenty of springtime fun for the kids with adventures designed to entertain, enlighten and educate. Adventure Kid Sophie, Ava the Alligator, and Seth the Sea Turtle invite young explorers to join the  Adventure Kids Club and learn about nature. At the same time, Wild Florida makes weekly visits to the resort and lets guests get up close with the Sunshine State’s indigenous wildlife. During Once Upon A Spring, Wild  Florida will showcase animals like alligators and snakes and share how these unique species help the ecosystem throughout the season. Gaylord Palms has spots all around the resort with virtual animal encounters for guests who don’t want to come face-to-face with a real reptile. Using a mobile device and a special augmented reality application, guests can track down endangered species worldwide and then take a virtual photo with them. 

Hoppy Easter! 

On Easter Sunday, Villa de Flora will serve a plentiful Easter Buffet for guests to enjoy. In another highlight of the day, guests can visit the Easter Bunny on April 17 in meet-and-greet sessions from 10  a.m.-3:30 p.m. Fresh from delivering eggs, treats, and sweets to children worldwide, the Easter  Bunny will pose for photos in the resort atrium. 

Year-Round Family Fun 

During a season known for warmer temperatures and sunshine, Gaylord Palms guests can highlight their springtime sojourn with family fun at Cypress Springs Water Park. The water park features waterslides for adults and children, a dedicated kids’ water-themed playground, two pools, and  Crystal River Rapids – a new action river attraction inspired by Florida’s spring-fed rivers that takes guests through twists and turns at more than three feet per second. Cypress Springs Water Park is an exclusive amenity for overnight guests at Gaylord Palms Resort. Open year-round.  

Once Upon a Spring Gaylord Palms Resort 2022

If there are spring showers, guests can find all sorts of fun activities throughout the indoor garden atrium.  In addition to the special events, activities, and décor for Once Upon A Spring, guests can take a relaxing stroll through more than four acres of plants, flowers, waterfalls, streams, Florida fish, alligators, and other wildlife.  

Inside the atrium, a delicious selection of restaurants and dining options awaits, including gourmet steaks and an award-winning wine list at Old Hickory Steakhouse, fresh, sustainable, and local seafood at  MOOR, and a wide selection of Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Villa de Flora. 

Commitment to Clean 

As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, Once Upon A Spring activities have been created according to Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and enhanced protocols. The event will operate according to the latest local, state and federal legislation. 

Packages and Tickets 

In addition to the 20th-anniversary suite special, the Gaylord Palms offers Once Upon A Spring packages that include guest rooms, event tickets, and resort credit at discounted prices. To purchase tickets for Once Upon A Spring events – as well as find booking information for Valentine’s Day spa specials and the  Easter Sunday Buffet – guests may visit GaylordPalms.com

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