KISSIMMEE, Fla.—( May 14, 2013 ) Summertime, and the livin’ is easy. It’s time to kick back and soak up the summer fun in style. Splash, slide, sip it down and shake it up with the best of ’em! Step into SummerFest at Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee.
Strike up a splashin’ good time with friends and family at Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park. Climb the multi-level Tree House play structure and drop down one of four waterslides or drench yourself with its 60 interactive water games. Watch out for the oversized tipping bucket which soaks guests with more than 317 gallons of water every 10 minutes! Then dance your flippers off with your favorite Madagascar DreamWorks Animation (SKG, Inc.) characters at a Crack-A-Lackin’ Pool Party!
At night, settle in poolside to enjoy a DreamWorks Splash ‘N’ Screen movie while you savor some all-American tasty treats from SandBar or a fancy-free food cart. For a quieter tropical oasis, escape to our exclusive adults-only, sophisticated South Beach pool and reserve a cozy poolside cabana.
Perhaps you prefer to enjoy your summertime fun with a more inward glow, one that doesn’t require sunshine? No worries! We’ve got you covered under our 4.5 acre atrium with loads of awesome, one-of-a-kind activities.
Gator and Fish Feedings
It’s a feeding frenzy! Don’t miss the alligator feedings with our friends from Gatorland in the St. Augustine atrium; and catch the fish feedings in the Key West lagoon, filled with 161,000 gallons of water and home to three of Florida's most sought after game fish: redfish, snook and tarpon, among others.
DreamWorks Character Meet & Greets
You never know who you’ll run into around here in the evenings. Gaylord Palms’ atriums are chock-full of celebrities! Snag a hug and snap a photo with your favorite characters from DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek, Madagascar and Kung Fu Panda.
Discover Delicious Dining
Live Music at Sunset Sam’s: This joint is jumpin’!
Swing by Sunset Sam’s Friday nights for some tropical island-themed live
music while you sink your teeth into the tastiest New World Floridian
cuisine, with a variety of fresh seafood prepared to your preference.
Saturday evenings are devoted to sizzlin’ Key West Sunset Celebrations
featuring music and colorful entertainment reminiscent of what you would
find in Mallory Square in Key West.
Sake and Omakase at SORA: Are you ready for the next
level of refreshing summertime fun? Stroll in to SORA, which features
the art of sushi with the style of South Beach and offers a full bar of
handcrafted drinks. Enjoy Sake and Omakase as our chefs showcase
traditional Japanese cuisine with a unique Gaylord twist!
The Craft Beer Garden at Wreckers Sports Bar: Wreckers
Sports Bar is excited to introduce a new feature on Friday nights this
summer: an exclusive Craft Beer Garden! Smack your lips on craft beers
and specialty menu pairings before you head inside for dinner or an
evening of adventure. Be mesmerized by our two-story sports screen and
the feel of an Old Key West bar.
- ShrekFeast at Villa de Flora: Guests can kick off their mornings with a ShrekFeast Interactive Character Breakfast at Villa de Flora. Kids will love solving riddles and puzzles on their quest to become an honorary Ogre. Join Shrek and friends for a fairytale feast fit for a king. Tableside hugs included! This experience features a Magic Fountain bubbling over with intoxicating chocolate potions and Shrek-shaped waffles with syrup. Individual tickets are required. Call 407-586-1114 to reserve your seat at the table.
Gaylord Palms Resort is located five minutes from the gates of Walt Disney World at 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, FL 34746.
Kevin Yee is the author of numerous independent Disney books, including the popular Walt Disney World Earbook series and Walt Disney World Hidden History.