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    KISSIMMEE, Fla. – (June 18, 2019) – Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center and Ryman Hospitality Properties, Inc. (NYSE: RHP), today celebrated the official groundbreaking of the $158 million expansion of Gaylord Palms in Kissimmee, Fla.

    The expansion to Gaylord Palms will add 302 guest rooms, featuring an enhanced, modern look, in a new tower located adjacent to the resort’s pools and connected to the current Everglades Atrium. When these rooms are added to the resort’s current 1,416 room inventory, Gaylord Palms will offer a total of 1,718 sleeping rooms.

    An additional 90,000 square feet of carpeted meeting and pre-function space will be added to the resort’s current 400,000 square feet. When complete, Gaylord Palms will offer nearly a half-million square feet of space that will firmly establish the resort as a destination for both large and small conventions, along with exhibitions, corporate functions, weddings, reunions and more.

    The meeting space additions include a new 30,000-square-foot ballroom, 30,000 square feet of breakout space and approximately 30,000 square feet of carpeted pre-function space. Outside of the Convention Center, a new 12,000-square-foot event lawn also will be added.

    Gaylord Palms’ current Cypress Springs Water Park also will grow with a new active river feature and expanded deck space for guests. These additions complement the more recent $4.2 million enhancement to the recreation facilities that included a Double FlowRider surf simulator, two racing waterslides and a tower drop slide.

    This project will be the largest expansion in the 17-year history of Gaylord Palms. The plans were originally announced by Ryman Hospitality Properties in May 2018.

    “We have long-believed that Gaylord Palms is situated in an ideal location for this type of expansion, and we would like to thank the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners for their continued support and enthusiasm for this project,” said Colin Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Ryman Hospitality Properties. “This region remains one of the most vibrant convention and leisure destinations in the country. We are pleased to add this high-quality space to our existing resort portfolio which will enable us to continue meeting the strong demand we are seeing from group customers who want the all under one roof experience in this market.”

    The additions at Gaylord Palms will continue the resort’s tradition of honoring the rich heritage of the State of Florida, including its unique place names, flora and fauna.

    Earlier this year, a multi-story parking garage was completed at the resort to support the increase of rooms and convention space. The total expansion project including new meeting space, rooms tower and waterpark enhancements is expected to be completed during the third quarter of 2021.

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    That is going to be one big hotel!

    When it was first built it was called or going to be called something else, but for the life of me I can't recall what. Any ideas?
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    Opryland Hotel Florida TF

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    Yes, they changed their minds pretty quickly on the name! Opryland was the original company but they decided to focus purely on hotels in 2000, just after announcing the construction for the Kissimmee hotel, and the 'Opryland' was ousted in favour of the new Gaylord Hotels brand. They then sold the brand to Marriott in 2012, and things have progressed well ever since.

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