Monday, April 23, 2007

Pirates Celebration - Yar Be Treasure!

So, the PR guy from Gaylord Palms Resort in Orlando, FL emailed me about this fun contest/promotion they have going on right now. Looks like a good family time.

The same weekend that Pirates of the Caribbean 3 opens in the theaters, the resort is having a whole pirate themed weekend.

From his press release:

“This is not your ordinary Memorial Day Weekend experience,” said Kemp Gallineau, general manager. “But then again, we’re not your ordinary Florida resort, either.”

The Pirates Treasure Hunt Challenge unfolds over two days, and can easily be combined with visits to Orlando ’s world-famous theme parks and attractions. Some tasks will be appropriate for family members to tackle together, while others will challenge even the most creative of adults.

Pirates Treasure Hunt Challenge package guests also have the opportunity to purchase additional themed experiences, like:

Ø Buccaneer’s Barbecue: a swashbuckling pirate-filled outdoor banquet featuring barbecue and brouhaha.

Ø Camp Pirate: pirate-themed arts and crafts sessions held at the on-site La Petite Academy Kids Station, reserved for our guests ages 5-13.

“Activities such as the Gaylord Palms Pirates Treasure Hunt Challenge are the natural progression of these trends,” said Gallineau. “They give families a safe and controlled way to put themselves in the middle of the action while competing for their own treasure – just as they have seen on television or in the movies.”

Pirates Treasure Hunt Challenge is part of Best of Florida LIVE!, an ongoing Gaylord Palms exhibition that celebrates the history, events, creatures and habitats of the Sunshine State . Because Spain used the state as a staging area for convoys, pirates played a noteworthy role in Florida past. These pirates preyed upon the treasure-rich Spanish fleets that sailed the waters near Florida . In fact, the state is home to the Gasparilla Pirate Fest in Tampa , a long-running Florida festival that celebrates these infamous visitors.

Gaylord Palms Resort features a soaring 4.5-acre glass-covered atrium that celebrates the best of Florida , including the destinations of St. Augustine , Key West , and the Everglades . Inside the atriums, guests can encounter live alligators and other native creatures, enjoy amazing landscapes, visit innovative shops, dine at award-winning restaurants and participate in on-site entertainment. In addition, complimentary shuttle service is offered to Orlando ’s world-famous theme parks and attractions.

Sounds pretty good to me. A reality TV feel to it and add in pirates. For more information you can check out

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