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Dreamworks Experience at the Gaylord Palms Resort

I think I have mentioned how much I loved the Gaylord Palms Hotel already but I wanted to let you all know about a little special something that they have going on during select weekends until May.

It’s called the  DreamWorks Experience Family Nights and we were so lucky to be there while it was happening.

DreamWorks is the animation company responsible for creating some big hits including Shrek, Madagascar, and Kung Fu Panda.

The DreamWorks Experience Family Night is an evening of hanging out with the characters from some of the DreamWorks hit movies.

It included a special treat delivered to our door upon check-in, a family photo with Shrek and Fiona, an exclusive dance party, complete with refreshments, and activities, like making your own slime.

To top the night off, they showed a Shrek movie on their great lawn under the stars.

The weather was perfect.  It felt so nice to just be outside and to not have to worry about the kids running off to somewhere.   And, although the kids were tired and we missed a lot of the dance party–it was a lot of fun.  The parents were having just as much (maybe more) fun than the kids.

I thought the little snacks were great.  Green puddings with gummy worms and chocolate dirt, Ogre earwax (green hushpuppies), and Swamp juice. Towards the end of the night they even brought out some giant brownies covered with gummy worms.  Definitely kid dream food. And, since we were on vacation I didn’t even begin to count the number of times my kids went back to fill up their Swamp Juice.

The whole evening was a nice event–some time to really just relax and enjoy being on vacation instead of running off to the next activity.  I only wish I would have thought to sneak over to the Wrecker’s Sports Bar for a glass of wine.  That would have been the topper to a great evening.

Check out the Gaylord Palms website for information on the DreamWorks Experience Family Nights.  I know that they are offering special rates in conjunction with the event.

DreamWorks Experience Family Nights Availability: Select weekends this spring including:
March 21-25,30 & 31
April 6,7,13,14,20,21,27 & 28
May 4,5,11,12,18 & 19

If you book a Dreamworks Experience package, starting at $219 per family of four you will receive:

Package Includes:

  • One night room accommodations at Gaylord Palms Resort
  • Priority access to Character Meet & Greets
  • 20% discount when you add a ticket to ShrekFeast interactive character meal, plus priority access
  • Paradise Pool Party at the All-NEW Cypress Springs Family Fun Pool
    (beginning mid-April 2012)
  • Puss In Boots Quest for the Magic Beans Scavenger Hunt
  • Check-in amenity
  • Souvenir family photo
  • Resort Fee
  • Self-parking

If you don’t book a special package, check with the concierge.  While we were there they were letting other families join in on the fun for an additional $40 per room.

I actually think I may need to book another weekend getaway in April to get a chance to go back to the Dreamworks Experience Family Night and to check out their new Cypress Springs resort pool and waterslide complex.  I know the kids won’t complain.

Disclaimer: Thank you to the Gaylord Palms for admission into the Dreamworks Experience Family Night.  All opinions are my own.