A Fairy Tale Staycation: Shrek and Friends at the Gaylord Texan

The Gaylord Texan has been one of our family favorites since opening in Grapevine. Whether it’s been a date night destination, a friend’s wedding or now a family fun staycation, its proximity to home but its feel of being a world away has always brought us joy – from check-in to checkout. If you’ve ever been, you know what I mean, and if you haven’t made the “trek” to the Gaylord, then you should – even if it’s only for dinner. With so many food options it makes it easy to satisfy your craving and your wallet (although a cup of the lobster bisque at the Old Hickory is pretty hard to pass up.)

However, this year’s annual Gaylord adventure has another adventure for us – we’ve added another member in the Reo fold, my now nine-month old daughter. While last year she did enjoy the new waterpark in utero (actually two weeks before she was born), this year I pondered whether we would take the plunge for a family vacation or wait until the kids are a little older…Then I opened up the Gaylord website and came across a BIG MONSTER of a reason to return….

Shrek and his friends have left the forest and are spending the summer at the Gaylord Texan with Summer Fun with Shrek & Friends. Select weekends from May 25 through September 2, families can dive into everything DreamWorks with activities like breakfast with Shrek, Cookie Castle Decorating with Fiona and even a scavenger hunt with Puss and Boots. While the “How to Train to Your Dragon” Camp sounds like it could be fun, I’m still researching if this additional package is the right fit for us (and if we can fit it in the schedule with so much to do.)

Shrek and his friends have left the forest and are spending the summer at the Gaylord Texan with Summer Fun with Shrek & Friends. (Photo from

For our family, who one day will make the trek to the Magic Kingdom, we consider this a “trial run” for our four-year old and a moment to see how our little girl (or more so, me) can handle two kids and all the fun (I hope) something like this can bring. Best of all, since we are only 15 minutes from home, if things go bad, we can always go home, right?

A real kid at heart, I think I’m using the kids as an excuse to enjoy the Gaylord Texan once again. And now with the waterpark that is just the right size for us, a movie in the pool, and free fireworks show on Fridays…it hits all this mom’s buttons. Now if I could just finally make it to the Relache Spa then it would be perfect. However, room service and two tired children sleeping sounds like a close second.

Act fast though as reservations for all the activities in the Shrek package are limited (and so are the weekends in your summer.)

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