Monday, January 21, 2013

Welcome to Gaylord Palms

     One of our favorite places to visit is the Gaylord Opryland Hotel in Nashville. We have been going there for years. When we first started going there, it was the Opryland Hotel and was much smaller than it is today. When Gaylord opened the Gaylord Palms Hotel in Orlando, we couldn't wait to see what creative things they would do at their new location. We have never stayed there, but we did visit several years ago when it was new. On Christmas Eve, before we took the golf cart for a spin around the Disney Campground, we decided to visit again and see what the hotel looked like at Christmas. We were not disappointed. 

     If you aren't familiar with the Gaylord Hotels, they are huge and divided into separate themed areas. You are truly transported while you are inside and there are things to see everywhere you look. There are always water elements, as you can see the beautiful fish swimming above. 

The Christmas decorations were elegant and 
matched the theme of the area in which they were located. 

Performers sang carols while we strolled through the hotel.

Look closely at the above picture, do you see the stingray?

The alligators are live.

 Do you see what this is?

     During the holidays, the Gaylord hotels have a show called ICE, that has ice sculptures in a variety of shapes and sizes. We didn't go through it. The tickets are expensive and my daughter did it once and said it was fun, cold and over in 15 minutes. So, we saved that $120 dollars and enjoyed what we could see for the price of parking. It truly is a beautiful hotel and well worth paying to park to tour it. The only reason we haven't stayed there is the location is further from our daughter, but we may just have to try it one of these days. It is almost like being in a theme park, only relaxing and no rides!


Blondie's Journal said...

What a great place to many things to see and do! I know you must have a great time staying here. Never heard the chain but will keep it in mind if we ever head south!


Traci said...

It looks absolutely gorgeous!

NanaDiana said...

How very beautiful- I can see why you wanted to see the updated one in Orlando-Gorgeous- xo Diana

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks like a fun place to visit - thanks for sharing your trip. $120 for 15 mins.? I would have passed also.

Pondside said...

What a fantastic place. As if Florida isn't already special enough they've built this fun place. It sure looks worth a visit.

xinex said...

What a wonderful place to visit, Sue! Thanks for stopping by, Glad you like the house....Christine

Linda said...

What an awesome place! Looks like you had fun!!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Hi Sue,
what a lovely and fun looking place.
That polar bear ice exhibit looked awesome. I love polar bears they are beautiful, too bad, they would eat us if they had a chance!! lol course,
only if they were
I always love seeing those poinsettia trees, they are so gorgeous, some years the Orlando airport has them,
they just take your breath away they are so pretty.
Hope you are sleeping like a baby on that new mattress, and that you wake up feeling like a million dollars, or even a hundred!! lol

You have a great rest of the week hon, blessings Nellie

Any word on Luke, the lil boy from our church finished his last chemo,
and they are anxiously awaiting the news this Friday, so hoping it is good.

Leigh Powell Hines said...

That hotel is like a theme park. So much to see.

Sophie said...

Sure looks huge.