Crystal River Rapids attraction opens at Gaylord Palms Resort

New attraction inspired by spring-fed Florida rivers

Crystal River Rapids at Gaylord Palms Resort (Landon McReynolds, McReynolds)

KISSIMMEE, Fla – Gaylord Palms Resort opened the all-new Crystal River Rapids attraction to guests Saturday.

Inspired by Florida’s spring-fed rivers, guests will dive into the heated, racing currents to encounter roaring waterfalls, crumbling limestone walls and alcoves, allowing guests to take in the views of Cypress Springs Water Park.

Crystal River Rapids at Gaylord Palms Resort (McReynolds)

“Everyone can find something they love; whether it’s our relaxing South Beach Pool, the daring drop and racing slides, the multi-level water playground, the Flow Rider Surfing Experience or this new action river, there is truly something for every member of the family,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager of Gaylord Palms.

Along with the Crystal River Rapids attraction, guests will see a number of other new outdoor features including a refreshment area, spa, private cabanas, day beds and premium pool seating.

Crystal River Rapids at Gaylord Palms Resort (McReynolds)

The resort is also opening Mangrove Lawn, a new 12,000 square foot event lawn located right outside the Convention Center. Officials said the area will connect to both the South Beach Pool and Crystal River Rapids for groups looking to buyout both areas.

The new attraction is all part of a $158 million expansion for the resort, the largest construction project ever in its 19-year history.

Officials said the expansion, which should be completed this year, will add an additional 302 rooms and 96,000 square feet of meeting space.

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Gaylord Palms Expansion rendering

Once completed Gaylord Palms Resort will have 1,718 rooms. Right now, Florida residents can save 15% on overnight stays.

The resort is currently operating under Marriott’s “Commitment to Clean” program which includes enhanced protocols and social distancing measures.

Gaylord Palms Resort begins its “Once Upon A Spring” programming which offers a lineup of more than 10-family events on Saturday.

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About the Author:

Landon joined News 6 in 2017. He grew up in Southern Illinois and graduated from Southern Illinois University with a bachelors degree in TV and digital media. When he is not at work you can catch him at one of Orlando's theme parks or the beach. Before working at News 6 he worked for stations in Miami and Fort Myers.