My family (husband, me, 2 sons) spent Thanksgiving at the Opryland. We are Disney folks, and normally trek to Orlando at least once per year. This year, my cancer treatments wouldn't allow the trip. So we decided to go to Nashville instead. The Resort is absolutely beautiful, especially at Christmas. We stayed in a 3rd floor atrium view room in the Cascades lobby. I requested an upper floor, but wasn't specific. I will know better next time. Cascades is loud, and we didn't enjoy it as much as our September stay in a Garden Conservatory - atrium room. Predictably for Thanksgiving week, it was super crowded, and the Opryland just doesn't handle a crowd as well as Disney does. Still, it was beautiful.
We saw the Rockettes - spectacular show. Loved it! Lorrie Morgan's Enchanted Christmas Dinner & Show was an ok experience. The food was good, and I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was a Lorrie fan. The General Jackson mid-day cruise comedy show was pretty good. The food was HORRIBLE! And the boat had mechanical difficulties, so we didn't get to go out in the water. Disappointing. ICE was fabulous - cold, but that was my fault. When you read that something is going to be 9 degrees, you'd think I would know to put on extra clothes. Again, live and learn.
We had the Dreamworks Experience package. The Shrekfeast was wonderful - great food and character interaction. My 9 year old loved Gingy's Gingerbread Decorating. Didn't make it to the Holiday Shrektacular, unfortunately. The characters were fun, and my son also enjoyed the Rise of the Guardians scavenger hunt.
We ate at Jack Daniels (ok - way overpriced), Paissano (blah), and Finley's (very good). The food prices are astronomical. We also walked over and ate at Rainforest Cafe and Aquarium at Opry Mills Mall. The food was better there.
All in all, a good trip. Can't give it a 5 because of crowd handling (or lack thereof), noise, ridiculous parking and resort fees, crazy overpriced food, bad food and no boat ride at the General Jackson. However, we will go back - just more knowledgeably and at a slower time of year. We're actually thinking of going Memorial Day as Labor Day was not crowded at all.
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- Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels and is part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. The newly-renovated resort features 2,881 rooms and more than 600,000 square feet of meeting, convention and exhibit space. The property is best known for its signature glass roofs and nine acres of lavish indoor gardens and waterfalls. ... more less
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