The Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL was so kind as to invite me to the VIP premiere of their Christmas at Gaylord Palms event! YA’LL it was such a MAGICAL experience!! Like WOW!!! We had the BEST time walking through scenes from our favorite Christmas movies, dancing around in the snow, sliding down a snow mountain, making snowballs & having a snowball throwing competition, drinking creamy hot cocoa, Starbucks holiday lattes, making a gingerbread house, and eating warm Cinnabon cinnamon rolls, etc etc!! 🤩 They thought of EVERYTHING to make your getaway truly feel like you are in a Christmas movie!
✨ It's EVERYTHING magical that you love about Christmas in one place! ✨
✨WATCH✨ this fun little video I created with some highlights from our magical stay!
**Thank you so much to Gaylord Palms for sponsoring this post & hosting me and a few friends for the weekend! All opinions are my own. :)
Ticket & Package Prices:
Check out https://christmasatgaylordpalms.marriott.com for all the details on ticket prices & bundles!!
Details of our stay:
I packed several warm jackets and sweaters! It’s not freezing in the exhibits like the ICE! Exhibit from previous years but I’m definitely glad I brought some cozy outfits. They keep it cool but we LOVED it! It really adds to the ambiance!
We checked in on a Thursday afternoon and checked out Saturday morning. Our room was an atrium view with a balcony. We went to the premiere of all the activities on Thursday evening and watched the #LIT and Cirque Dreams Unwrapped shows!
Friday we had the whole day to do activities! We got up and went to the Starbucks downstairs, got holiday lattes and breakfast sandwiches. We did the I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES exhibit a couple of times throughout the day, built a gingerbread house, did the snowball build & blast a couple of times, the Grinch Scavenger Hunt, wandered around the gift shop in Alpine Village, sat in the hot tub for a bit and ended the night by attended The Greatest Story musical stage show!
Saturday morning we woke up, got Starbucks again & then went and got Cinnabon cinnamon rolls in the Alpine Village before we checked out!
Answering your questions from IG:
The most asked question on IG was about the ICE! Exhibit that they normally have. The I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES walkthrough is this year's version of that, without the ice and freezing temperatures. On their website, it says that they will be bringing back ICE in 2021 though. :)
I also got a couple of questions about how social distancing works. They have several safety measures in place. You sign up for time slots for the events and activities rather than having to wait in line. They also have social distancing markers on floors and masks are required. This FAQ page on their website answers more questions you may have.
Activities & Shows:
You have to do the I LOVE CHRISTMAS MOVIES walk-through exhibit!! You literally walk through popular Christmas movie scenes! Elf, A Christmas Story, The Polar Express, A Year Without a Santa Claus, and National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. I don’t want to give away any spoilers because I think not knowing exactly what to expect made it super magical the first time we walked through! It's a multisensory, interactive experience that will make you feel like a little kid again! It’s SO fun and SO magical!!! And you have to get hot chocolate afterward!! It’s soooo delicious and super creamy!!
OUTFIT LINKS: Sherpa denim jacket
One of our favorite activities was the Snowball Build & Blast! They give you 2 tubs of ice and you make your own snowballs & throw them to try and earn points before time runs out! We decided to play against each other and had the best time! We ended up doing it a second time for a rematch! They also have 2 real ice mountains in the Snow Factory area that you can slide down on! It was so much fun!
The Gingerbread Decorating Corner was a lot of fun!! They give you a pre-built gingerbread kit with everything you need! They even had the cutest gingerbread man that was dancing around and interacting with everyone! We got a cute picture with him.
We also did The Grinch’s Wonderful Awful Idea Scavenger Hunt that takes you around the resort! It was cute and a lot of fun, even for us! :)
One of the most magical parts was that our room had a view of their gorgeous atrium and we could see the massive Christmas tree all lit up from our balcony! Oh and they even have the Hallmark Channel in the rooms!!
We had the BEST time!!! And one of the biggest things to me writing this blog post is that I loved it SO much that I would totally go again and spend my own money on a trip!! And I’m seriously thinking about gifting it to someone for Christmas!! You’ve gotta go and experience for yourself!!
We had the BEST time!!! And one of the biggest things to me writing this blog post, is that I loved it SO much that I would totally go again and spend my own money on a trip!! I’m seriously thinking about gifting it to someone for Christmas!! You’ve gotta go and experience for yourself!!