Christmas at Gaylord Palms hosted the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD title attempt with sponsor Experience Kissimmee, in partnership with Mentos and Greenery Productions
KISSIMMEE, FL – (December 8, 2017) – After hundreds of lips puckered up beneath the glow of a six-story Christmas tree, Gaylord Palms Resort broke the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for the timeless tradition of kissing under mistletoe! During the “Kiss-Story in the Making” event, 448 couples set a new GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most couples kissing under mistletoe (single location), bringing this festive, romantic record to smoochably-appropriate KISSimmee, Florida on December 7, 2017.
Under the watchful eyes of GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS adjudicator Michael Empric, the hundreds of couples were asked to lock lips for a solid 10 seconds under individual fresh sprigs of mistletoe in order to claim the title. With 448 couples successfully breaking the title, Gaylord Palms more than doubled the previous record of 215 couples.
“These couples helped to make history during this unforgettable attempt at the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for Most couples kissing under mistletoe at Gaylord Palms Resort,” said Empric. “Congratulations and welcome to the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS family!”
Kiss-Story in the Making was planned to add extra festive excitement to Christmas at Gaylord Palms, the resort’s annual holiday celebration that includes themed attractions, live entertainment and more.
“For 15 Christmases, Gaylord Palms has welcomed guests from around the world to make memories with us,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager of Gaylord Palms. “This year, with a theme throughout our resort celebrating ‘Christmas Around the World,’ we are truly thrilled that this we’ve claimed a GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title for such a special holiday tradition.”
The GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt was sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, the area’s travel and tourism authority. “We are honored and excited to be a part of this memorable experience,” said DT Minich, President/CEO of Experience Kissimmee. “There’s no better place to set a kissing GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title than right here in Kissimmee, Florida!”
Before the epic smooch, the crowd was entertained by sweet sounds of Christmas music, performed live by some of Central Florida’s most talented vocalists. In addition, guests were encouraged to snap photos and share a hug with a big, friendly Mentos Pure Fresh Gum Wallet Pack Mascot.
By partnering with Mentos, Kiss-Story in the Making gave couples the assurance of freshness before that magical, record-breaking kiss. The refreshing taste of Mentos Chewy Mints let everyone enjoy the kiss confidence offered by the freshest, hippest mints on the planet. “We are excited to be a part of this year’s holiday festivities at Gaylord Palms Resort,” said Sylvia Buxton, Marketing Vice President with Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle. “The Mentos brand is all about fresh connections. Nowhere is that freshness more important than under the mistletoe.”
Local floral designer Greenery Productions supplied the 448 springs of real mistletoe required to make the GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS title attempt successful. Greenery Productions works annually with Gaylord Palms to create stunning holiday décor found throughout the massive resort.
From its signature nine-degree ICE! attraction to indoor snow tubing lanes, live shows, concerts and holiday dining, Christmas at Gaylord Palms is chock full of endless entertainment. Learn more about the resort’s holiday happenings that extend through January 7 at ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com and stay connected by following @GaylordPalms on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Christmas at Gaylord Palms is just one of many experiences that await visitors during a holiday trip to Kissimmee, Florida. Brilliant seasonal theme park events, small town Christmas parades, outdoor “Florida snowfalls” and more. Kissimmee makes truly incredible Christmas vacations.
About Christmas at Gaylord Palms
Each holiday season, “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” transforms the resort into a holiday extravaganza that includes the signature frozen attraction ICE!, featuring two million pounds of hand-carved sculptures and interactive elements inside an environment chilled to nine-degrees Fahrenheit. ICE! is joined by live shows, light displays, visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus, oversized holiday décor, character dining, and other winter-themed experiences and attractions, such as snow tubing, that make the resort resemble a Christmassy theme park. To discover the holiday highlights, visit www.ChristmasAtGaylordPalms.com.
About Gaylord Hotels
Gaylord Hotels®, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands, offers extraordinary environments with “everything in one place”— diverse dining options, a full-service spa, pools, top-notch entertainment, shopping and more. Locations include Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee; Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Florida; Gaylord Texan on Lake Grapevine, Texas; Gaylord National on the Potomac in National Harbor, Maryland; and The Inn at Opryland in Nashville. For more information, visit www.GaylordHotels.com.
The Experience Kissimmee Vacation Story
Almost 50 years of vacation-making experience. More than 8,000,000 overnight visitors. And closer than a wave-of-a-wand away from world-famous theme parks and attractions, the headwaters of the
Everglades, extraordinary natural wonders, and plates for every palate. We’re Experience Kissimmee, the official tourism authority for Osceola County, Florida. (That means we oversee sales and marketing
for the destination.) We’re also the Vacation Home Capital of the World®, with more than 50,000 accommodation options, including luxury resorts, family-friendly hotels, and over 25,000 vacation homes. Start planning at ExperienceKissimmee.com.
About Mentos Mentos is in 159 countries on this planet alone, so it’s fair to say Mentos is a global brand. Mentos comes in a lot of different shapes, flavors, and sizes, so there’s something for everyone and every taste. A lot of other brands out there obsess about what makes us all different; we’d rather explore the things we have in common. The Mentos brand is well-known. And it’s well-loved too. So wherever you go, one thing you can be sure of when you meet someone new is that they love Mentos. This means that if you have Mentos in your hand you have the ultimate conversation starter, a sure way to make a connection. All you need to do is offer. After all, who says no to Mentos?
About Perfetti Van Melle Perfetti Van Melle is a privately owned global company that was established in March 2001 through the merger of Perfetti SpA and Van Melle Group B.V. Perfetti Van Melle manufactures, and distributes sugar confectionery and chewing gum products in more than 150 countries. Today Perfetti Van Melle is one of the world’s largest confectionery groups, marketing highly renowned brands such as Mentos, Frisk, Chupa Chups, Smint, Fruittella, Alpenliebe, Golia, Vivdent, Airheads, Happydent & Big Babol. The Group has corporate headquarters in Italy and The Netherlands. U.S. operations are solely operated out of Erlanger, KY.
About Greenery Productions
Orlando-based Greenery Productions is a top interior landscaping and full-service floral design company in Central Florida. Greenery Productions believes each project is a unique opportunity to use their design and horticulture expertise to create a perfect and lasting impression. Learn more about Greenery Productions at www.GreeneryProductions.com.
About GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS (GWR) is the global authority on record-breaking achievement. First published in 1955, the iconic annual Guinness World Records books have sold over 138 million copies in over 20 languages and in more than 100 countries. Additionally, the Guinness World Records: Gamer’s Edition, first published in 2007, has sold more than 5 million copies to date.
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The Guinness World Records commercial sales division provides bespoke consultancy services for some of the world’s top brands and agencies to help place record breaking at the heart of their marketing campaigns, employee-engagement programmes, and live and experiential events.