The Gaylord is a beautiful resort and we enjoyed our stay there very much. Everything about this place is first class.
The decor is beautiful. It is a great place for a convention. We attended several conferences, spent lots of time looking at all the "home school" supplies and literature and speaking to some about their programs. The home school conventions are always interesting to go to. They have SO much to look at and it is amazing how much help is out there for those who wish to home school and I am amazed at how many are choosing to do it.. This is one of the larger conventions and they had something for everyone. Most parents had their kids with them and even small babies. We took Tanek to several of the conferences and found that he would sit quiet through the conference as long as he got to play games on my phone. Very thankful for technology. The conferences are all very encouraging and full of good ideas. I always feel encouraged that we "Can" do this and it is a good thing.
We also had some good free time to walk around, eat ice cream, swim, etc. We loved watching the alligators and turtles. We watched them being fed by someone from Gator Land that works with them. He told us that alligators are not aggressive, are very lazy and normally eat very little. The problem is people feeding them that makes them think we are food. I guess he knows all about them, but I don't plan to get close enough to see if they are lazy or aggressive.
They certainly were lazy in this place. These fish were in another part and are very pretty.
The gators being fed. They did seem pretty compliant with him.
Both nights that we were there we had dinner that we had pre-ordered. The first night it was baked chicken, macaroni and cheese, veggies, and bread. The second night it was lasagna, salad, and bread sticks. The meals were pretty good and reasonable. Tanek is a pretty picky eater. He loves mac and cheese so we saved the left overs in our fridge for him the next night.
We had a fridge, but no microwave. So we warmed up his mac and cheese with the hair dryer. It worked good and he ate all of it and said it was delicious.
The pool and slide of course was his favorite part. We love the slides in the pool, and sorta judge our hotels by how good the slide in the pool is. This one was fun and fast and there is nothing we can say negative about the Gaylord Palms, but we decided we like the slide at Disney's Port Orleans-Riverside the best. It is bigger and has more curves in it. It did not stop us from having lots of fun on this slide. Their pool water was definitely warmer than in either of our pools so that was a plus.
This little guy loves to swim just about more than he likes to do anything. He is always happy in the pool.