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Disney’s Neighbor Drops Enticing “Pirates and Princess” News

Gaylord Palms Pirates and Princess Summer of More
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One may think of visiting Walt Disney World Resort for everything involving princesses and pirates… but this summer, Guests have even MORE options to explore!

Located at the very rim of the Disney World bubble is a stunning Resort location that has been home to Disney, Universal, and Orlando traveling Guests for years. That’s right! We’re talking about the breathtaking Gaylord Palms Resort in Kissimmee, Florida.

Well, get ready for a fantastic summer as Gaylord Palms is inviting Guests to celebrate the “Summer of More” with Pirates and Princess Fun!

Summer of More at Gaylord Palms Resort

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Guests are invited to Gaylord Palms Resort with their royal court or band of buccaneers for plenty of pirate and princess fun during the Resort’s “Summer of More.” A celebration of spirited seafarers and regal royalty, the festivities take place May 19 – September 4, 2023, with activities for the whole family.

Guests will find a treasure trove of shows and activities, hands-on experiences, fun-in-the-
sun at Cypress Springs Water Park and pirate- and princess-themed décor across the 64-acre Resort.

During the event, families can create treasures in a craft clubhouse, look for jewels in a puzzle-filled escape room, stroll through remnants of a pirate galleon, embark on a plundering scavenger hunt, see a summer series of family films at the Resort’s water park, and more. Here’s a look at the activities planned for the Summer of More celebration.

New Kids’ Craft Experience with Pirates and Princesses

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Inside the new Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse, presented by LIFEWTR, young Guests can create crafts and decorate a treasured item to take home under the expert tutelage of a pirate from the captain’s crew or a princess from the royal court. Adventure Kids’ Clubhouse will be presented each Friday from 4-8 p.m., then Saturdays and select dates from 11 a.m.-8 p.m.

New Summer Light Show for 2023

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A kaleidoscope of color sparkles in the new “Illuminate the Night” light show, presented high above the atrium on LED light curtains suspended from the ceiling. The nightly spectacle can be seen from the atrium floor, and Guests with select atrium-view rooms can enjoy the show from their balcony.

Pillage Plunder in the Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room

Gaylord Palms Resort Escape Room for Summer of More
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Ahoy! In the Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room, Captain Hornswoggle’s bride, Emerald, is recruiting Guests to pillage the captain’s quarters and claim his most valuable gem. But the jewel is well-hidden, and Guests must work together to complete a series of quests and riddles. Guests are challenged to solve the puzzles, find the treasure and escape before Hornswoggle returns in 30 minutes. The Pirate’s Treasure Escape Room is presented Fridays, Saturdays, and select days during the event at 5, 6, 7 and 8 p.m.

Hide & Sea-k

Pirates love searching for hidden treasure, and Guests can join in during the “Pirate Treasure Hide and Sea-k Scavenger Hunt.” Searching high and low in Gaylord Palms’ 4.5-acre garden atrium, young Guests and families are challenged to find clues and solve riddles, at their own pace, using a secret pirate map. The scavenger hunt is offered daily.

Get to Know Florida’s Wondrous Summertime Wildlife

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Guests can enjoy up-close encounters with Florida wildlife during the Resort’s weekly Animal Encounters. This summer, animal experts will showcase some of the state’s indigenous wildlife and show Guests how they contribute to the state’s ecosystem during the hottest months of the year. Animal Encounters are scheduled each Saturday from 5-6 p.m. in the Resort’s atrium.

Set Sail for Captain’s Quarters Trail

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A seafaring stroll through the atrium’s Captain’s Quarters Trail provides Guests a bounty of photo opportunities. Adorned with flotsam, shiny loot, pirates’ good luck charms and mysterious maps, the indoor trail provides treasured spots for Guests to take pictures to share with friends and family.

More Adventure Kids Summer Fun

Families are invited to join the Adventure Kids as Sophie, Seth the Sea Turtle and Ava the Alligator showcase the wonders of summer in “Adventure Kids: Join The Club.” In this live show, Sophie and her friends explore conservation, wildlife, nature and more through stories and songs.

Mobile Safari AR Game

Guests can embark on a free, virtual summer safari with the Wildlife Rescue game. After finding specially marked spots in the atrium, Guests use their mobile device and a free augmented reality (AR) app to discover exotic animals from around the world. Once a spot is found and scanned with the app, virtual animals appear on-screen, and Guests can step in the scene for a photo that can be shared with friends.

Summer Movie Series at the Resort’s Water Park

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The giant outdoor video wall in the Resort’s 3-acre Cypress Springs Water Park will be home to Hollywood family favorites for the “Summer Dive-In Movie Series,” presented by LIFEWTR, on select nights. In addition, Guests can make advance reservations for poolside lounge chair seating, a day bed, or a private cabana for the ultimate in stress-free pool time. Each reserved lounge chair will include a bottle of LIFEWTR, with complimentary LIFEWTR also stocked in the cabanas.

There’s no better way to beat the summer heat at Gaylord Palms than in Cypress Springs Water Park. Open year-round, the water park is an exclusive amenity for overnight Resort Guests. The family-friendly water wonderland features seven water slides – three thrilling slides and four water slides designed for smaller swimmers. The Park also features two pools, an “action river” attraction that moves Guests along at nearly 4 feet per second, a surf simulator and a multi-level, water playhouse for kids.

Atrium Adventures and a World of Dining

In case of a summer shower, Guests can take a stroll through the Resort’s garden atrium, which features acres of plants, flowers, waterfalls, streams, Florida fish, alligators, and other wildlife. A delicious selection of dining options awaits, including Mediterranean-inspired dishes at Villa de Flora, fresh, sustainable, and local seafood and vegetables at MOOR, and sports pub favorites at Wreckers Sports Bar.

The Royal Treatment

Guests visiting Relâche Spa at Gaylord Palms can enjoy a full array of treatments and therapies infused with natural elements from the garden.

Packages, Tickets and More Information

In addition to event tickets, Gaylord Palms offers summer packages that include Guest rooms, event tickets, and Resort credit. For more information, Guests may visit GaylordPalmsGetaway.com.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.