Gaylord Texan Resort's 9th Annual SummerFest Event Opens 5/25 - 9/3!

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This summer season, Gaylord Texan Resort invites visitors to experience an unforgettable summer vacation at the grandest resort destination in the Lone Star State. In addition to the property’s impressive grounds and amenities, its 9th annual SummerFest event, running May 25th through September 5th, 2012, will feature family entertainment, DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. (Nasdaq: DWA) character activities, culinary programs, and the resort’s new 10-acre Paradise Springs outdoor pool & lazy river playground!

Tubing down the 600-foot long winding lazy river at Paradise Springs!

"Gaylord Texan invites families to create fun summer memories that will last a lifetime with unique activities, events, and entertainment that those of all ages will enjoy. There is no better place to celebrate summer!" - Martha Neibling, Dir. of PR

Splash into fun at Paradise Springs featuring 600-foot long lazy river with entertaining water features in addition to a 6,000-square-foot family lagoon including a 27-foot tall winding waterslide, a zip-line, two horseshoe-shaped hot pools, water basketball, and a dedicated toddler pool. Seating for 1,200 includes chaise loungers, beach chairs, and family-style rounds. For those who want the V.I.P. treatment, Paradise Springs offers private cabanas for rent daily, including flat-screen televisions, refrigerators, and fire pits. In addition to the water activities, Paradise Springs also features an outdoor game pavilion with shuffleboard, bocce ball, croquet, and a large campfire pit.

Within Gaylord Texan’s four-and-a-half acres of lush indoor gardens kept at a comfortable 72 degrees all summer long, guests will discover strolling entertainment including the popular Golden Cowboy living statue, stilt walkers, balloon artists, and caricaturists. Culinary programs will include Junior Chef Camps, a “Taste of the Texan” Restaurant Dine-Around, “Kids Eat FREE” Thursday Nights, “Triple-licious” Dessert Tastings, Wine & Cheese Pairings, and Family Fiesta Fridays. Outdoors, the resort will host spectacular Friday Night Fireworks all summer long!

Brand new this summer, Gaylord Texan will offer families an exciting assortment of DreamWorks Animation themed activities. Meet all of your favorite characters from Shrek, Madagascar, Puss in Boots, and Kung Fu Panda films at “ShrekFeast” Fairytale Breakfasts, Character Parades, Dragon Training Camps, and Princess Fiona’s Cookie Castles.

Visitors will enjoy dining at four award-winning restaurants including Old Hickory Steakhouse, Zeppole Coastal Italian, Riverwalk Cantina, and Texan Station Sports Bar & Grill. The resort’s 25,000-square-foot European-inspired Relâche Spa will offer summer spa specials for adults and children. Glass Cactus nightclub provides a great escape for those ages 21 and up with live stage music, dancing, cocktails, and sprawling outdoor decks overlooking the shores of Lake Grapevine. As always, local day visitors who spend $25 or more in Gaylord Texan’s restaurants, retail shops, or spa receive complimentary validated temporary self-parking.

For information on special room packages and promotions this summer, visit GaylordTexan.com or call 817-778-2000.

ABOUT GAYLORD TEXAN RESORT
Ideally situated on the shores of beautiful Lake Grapevine, Gaylord Texan Resort features world-class resort amenities and is located just six minutes from Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport. Gaylord Texan is a Gaylord Hotels-branded property owned by Gaylord Entertainment (NYSE: GET), a Nashville-based hospitality and entertainment company that also owns and operates the Grand Ole Opry.

Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, Puss in Boots, How to Train Your Dragon and all related characters and properties © 2012 DreamWorks Animation L.L.C

Note: Gaylord is responsible for the legal compliance of all offers incorporated within the release.

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