• Dawn Sabato

PIRATE AND PRINCESS WEEKENDS RETURN TO GAYLORD PALMS RESORT IN EARLY 2021


On Weekends January 8 to March 7, Guests and Locals Can Enjoy Family-Friendly Adventurous

Activities All Developed with Enhanced and Rigorous Cleanliness Standards


KISSIMMEE, Fla. (Dec. 29, 2020) – Today, Gaylord Palms is pleased to announce that Pirate and Princess Weekends will return on weekend dates from January 8 to March 7, 2021, featuring a wide array of family-friendly activities both inside the resort’s atriums and outside at Cypress Springs Water Park. Brand-new to this year’s event is Pirate Outpost Invasion - an interactive show experience featuring pirates who have invaded the resort’s Everglades atrium - and a hidden Pirate Speakeasy where guests will encounter delicious libations and infamous treasure hunters.


Pirate and Princess Weekends allow guests to experience the story of The Captain and his crew of notorious pirates who have plundered the Florida Coast in search of The Princess’s priceless treasure. The pirates have made Gaylord Palms Resort their outpost, commandeering the resort’s Everglades Swamp. Guests will get to embark on their own adventure as they choose to take the pirate oath or become an honorary princess or prince for the day.


Weekend events and activities include:

  • NEW! Guests are invited by The Princess to visit the newly established Everglades Outpost in an exciting and interactive show experience: Pirate Outpost Invasion. Upon entering the outpost, guests will hear tales of adventure, swashbuckling music and enjoy a sip of The Captain’s brew. But guests must take heed – pirates have made anchor in a nearby harbor and could invade at any time! Experience includes special pirate keepsakes. To allow for social distancing, tickets will be time-specific and capacity will be limited.

  • NEW! In the resort’s hidden Pirate Speakeasy, guests will encounter relics from past treasure hunting voyages and the pirates who scoured the seven seas to retrieve them, as well as craft cocktails fit for a true buccaneer.

  • In our Pirate Pool Party, guests will join Jolly Roger and his pirate crew for music, games and swashbuckling fun at Cypress Springs Water Park. The ideal setting for family-fun, Cypress Springs features a zero-entry family pool, treehouse water play structure with four water slides, Big Cypress tower with an AquaDrop slide and two racing slides, and The Wake Zone Double FlowRider with a surfable, simulated wave.

  • Guests can step into a world of fantasy and experience the story of The Princess in the interactive show Princess Academy. As the tales of The Princess and the Swordmistress are brought to life, guests will become an honorary prince or princess for the day.

  • Join Adventure Kid Sophie, Seth the Sea Turtle and the resort’s very own pirate, Ava the Alligator, as they explore the natural world we live in during Adventure Kids: Join the Club.

Daily activities include:

  • Inside the resort, families will want to explore the 4.5 acres of indoor gardens with The Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt. Fearing the rapscallion pirates, The Princess has hidden her kingdom’s precious treasures throughout the resort for guests to find!

  • High above the trees inside the resort’s St. Augustine Atrium, the nighttime Pirate & Princess Light Display will dazzle with colorful lights and imagery (swords clashing, waves crashing and pirate ships, plus crowns, tiaras and brilliant jewels), creating the perfect close to a day of exciting adventure.

  • The Wildlife Rescue Experience guides guests throughout the resort to track down endangered species and help ensure that they are monitored for their protection. The virtual adventure highlights indigenous animals from Florida and, with the magic of augmented reality, brings them to life before the participants’ eyes.

In celebration of Pirate and Princess Weekends, the resort is offering a special package starting at $189. The package includes overnight accommodations, a Princess’s Shiny Stash Treasure Hunt Booklet and tickets to the new Pirate Outpost Invasion interactive show. The package excludes resort fee and parking. For more information, CLICK HERE.


As the safety of its guests and STARS (employees) is of paramount importance, Pirate and Princess Weekends has been developed in accordance with Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program and with enhanced protocols and social distancing measures. Programming will also operate in consideration with the latest local, state and federal legislation.


ABOUT GAYLORD PALMS RESORT & CONVENTION CENTER

Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center offers a mix of entertainment both inside and out, creating a superior guest experience in one of the world’s most popular tourist destinations. Guests are welcomed into the resort’s 4.5-acre soaring glass atrium featuring winding waterways, lush gardens and animal habitats. Our extraordinary amenities include family-friendly dining and shopping - all conveniently located within minutes of the area’s theme parks.

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