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Gaylord Hotels is unveiling some special COVID-friendly “Spring It On” family packages, valid between March 12-May 16th, 2021, to entice travelers during the upcoming Easter school break and beyond.
“At all of our Gaylord Hotels, we have redesigned our spring activities and events to deliver a fun experience for the whole family while integrating our new, enhanced health and safety measures,” said John Adams, VP and Managing Director at Gaylord Hotels. “Whether visiting Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, TN; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL; Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, CO; or Gaylord Texan in Grapevine, TX, guests will enjoy the resort’s expansive water parks and pools, as well as an incredible line-up of springtime programming that provides ample opportunities for families to have a memorable spring break getaway or staycation with the confidence that their experience has been purposely redesigned to respect social distancing and an enhanced Commitment to Clean program.”
Gaylord Hotels’ inaugural Once Upon a Spring programming features live fairytale shows, magical games, artful activities and more. At each of the four resorts, kids can experience “Paint Me A Fairytale,” an interactive live storytelling adventure where Mother Goose paints to life beloved storybook favorites, including Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and The Beanstalk and The Princess and The Pea.
Little ones can also flex their culinary skills with each resort’s Cookie Decorating activity, where they can decorate and eat their own spring inspired creations. Gaylord Rockies in Aurora, CO and Gaylord Texan in Lake Grapevine, TX also encourage guests to challenge their minds with spring-themed escape rooms, including the Mad Tea Escape Room at Gaylord Rockies where guests are invited via an anonymous letter to a never-ending tea full of riddles.
In addition, from March 12 through Easter Sunday on April 4, Gaylord Hotels will present several Easter-themed experiences:
Gaylord Texan and Gaylord Rockies will present Easter EGGstravaganza with a socially distanced Easter Bunny Meet & Greet, Brunch with the Easter Bunny, and a game of Hop-and-Go-Seek during an Easter Bunny Scavenger Hunt.
Gaylord Palms will present an Eggspression Garden, an imaginative walkthrough experience featuring blossoming tulips, gigantic Easter eggs, a massive chocolate bunny and five additional spring-themed photo opportunities. On select dates through April 4, families can also enjoy a special Mr. & Mrs. Easter Bunny Character Breakfast in the newly renovated Villa de Flora.
At Gaylord Opryland, a special Delta Boat EGG-stra Fun experience will offer a themed indoor cruise that will represent a departure from traditional egg hunts. Kids are also invited to move, shake, dance and celebrate the season at a socially distanced Hop-Along Dance Party.
For those more interested in aquatics than Easter eggs, on March 1, Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, FL opens its newest extension to Cypress Springs Water Park – Crystal River Rapids, a thrilling new action river attraction that will twist and turn guests through speeding currents at three-and-a-half feet per second as they race past roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls and larger-than-life leaves. The resort’s Springtime Pool Party will feature games, sing-a-longs and prizes to keep youngsters amused.
Gaylord Opryland’s Spring into Fun Getaway Package rates start at $259 for a family of four, Gaylord Rockies’ Spring It On package start at $219 per night, and Gaylord Palms’ Spring Into Fun package features rates from $199.
In separate Easter vacation news, the new JW Marriott Orlando Bonnet Creek Resort & Spa is launching Family by JW, a lineup of activities for kids and families that gives the kid-friendly Orlando travel market a luxury twist. From March to June, the resort will transform into a mystical fairy garden, with special programs focusing on magical fairies and wizards, including fairy-themed story times and interactive letter-writing; scavenger hunts and “springtime”-themed miniature golf and Spring break pool parties and barbecues at Palm Cove. For adults, the resort’s collection of events includes a variety of interactive and make-it-yourself activities involving flowers, alcoholic beverages, and body care products.
Spring events and activities for Gaylord Hotels and Marriott Hotels have been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in accordance with the latest local, state and federal legislation.
.My name is Dawn M. Barclay. My parents were owners of Barclay Travel Ltd. and later, Barclay International Group, and I basically grew up in the travel industry. Along with stints working with both companies and a few other travel-related firms, I've served as a senior editor/reporter at Travel Agent Magazine, a contributing editor at Travel Life, the meetings/incentive editor at Travel Market Report and now, the Contributing Editor for Family Travel and Special Needs Travel at Insider Travel Report. My articles have also appeared in the pages of Jax Fax, GoNomad, and Successful Meetings Magazine. I also write psychological thrillers and romance as D.M. Barr.