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2019 Leadership Symposium for Seasonal Attractions to be hosted by Gaylord Palms


The Third Annual Leadership Symposium for Seasonal Attractions will be held on December 9, 2019, and hosted by “Christmas at Gaylord Palms” at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida. Gantom Lighting & Controls produces the Symposium in conjunction with Seasonal Entertainment Source Magazine. The theme of the 2019 event is “Communicating Intent.”

Communicating Intent

The need for seasonal attractions to differentiate is absolute, but the budget and timeframe can be suffocating. What if you could express the essence of your event quickly and efficiently to staff and customers? What if the creative team could work without management? The 2019 theme explores how attractions can communicate intent both internally and externally.

A Day of Intense Learning

The Symposium is an intense day of learning composed of speakers, workshop sessions, activities, and networking. During the workshop sessions, moderators lead attendees through exercises based on the speakers and themes. Attendees utilize a workbook throughout the day, assuring they go home with ways to apply the knowledge.

Christmas at Gaylord Palms

Christmas at Gaylord Palms will host the 2019 Symposium, and treat guests to exclusive talks with the creators and a tour of ICE! The iconic ‘ICE!’ takes place in an enclosed space of 18,000 square feet in a 9-degree environment filled with sculptures created from two million pounds of colored ice by 50 to 60 artists brought over from Harbin, China. The event includes two-story ice slides, shows, seasonal food, a concert series, Build-A-Bear Workshop®, retail shops, snow tubing, real snow, and much more to ensure guests are immediately enveloped in Christmas spirit.


“We’re so excited to welcome the Symposium to our resort,” said Niko Nickolaou, Director of Special Events & Entertainment at Gaylord Palms. “Our team creates immersive events throughout the year, with ‘Christmas at Gaylord Palms’ being our grandest of all. We look forward to introducing our ‘endless entertainment,’ resort experience to such a prestigious group from the world of themed entertainment.”

Limited number of tickets now available

For full information and to purchase tickets, visit To ensure a quality experience, the event is limited to 150 participants.

Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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