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Can Gaylord Palms make Kiss-Story? Mistletoe kissing record attempt set for Dec. 7

Posted on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 at 2:57 pm



By Peter Covino

A&E Editor

There is going to be a whole lot of kissing at Gaylord Palms Resort on Dec. 7, and it just might take a crowbar to break up some of the loving couples later on.

The resort is welcoming couples from all over to take part in that seasonal tradition of kissing under the mistletoe with a twist — The resort will attempt to break the record for the most couples kissing under mistletoe in one location. The lip-smacking event will take place at 8 p.m. on Dec. 7.

Sponsored by Experience Kissimmee, the area’s travel and tourism authority, Kiss-Story in the Making at Gaylord Palms will attempt to claim the Guinness World Records title in this smoochably-perfect KISSimmee location.

“We are honored and excited to be a part of this memorable experience,” said DT Minich, President/CEO of Experience Kissimmee. “There’s no better place to set a kissing record than right here in Kissimmee, Florida.”

The event will hopefully bring hundreds of couples together.

Kiss-Story in the Making includes the partnership of local floral designer Greenery Productions, who is supplying all those sprigs of mistletoe.

The big event will take place under the supervision of a Guinness World Records official, as well as beneath the Gaylord Palms’ six-story tree in the grand St. Augustine atrium.

Gaylord and Experience Kissimmee are covering all the bases for the mega kissing event. Mentos, the breath freshener company, will offer their famous mints for the big moment.

“We are excited to be a part of this year’s holiday festivities at Gaylord Palms Resort,” said Sylvia Buxton, Marketing Vice President with Mentos maker Perfetti Van Melle. “The Mentos brand is all about fresh connections. Nowhere is that freshness more important than under the mistletoe.”

The holidays have always been a part of Gaylord Palms Resort, and each year the season-themed events seem to get bigger.

“Over the last 14 Christmases, this resort has welcomed millions from around the world to make memories during the season as they experienced our ICE! attraction and other holiday events,” said Johann Krieger, General Manager of Gaylord Palms. “There seemed no better time to host a Guinness World Records title attempt as we present ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World this year, making special memories for our guests and STARS (hotel staff) during this magical season.”

This year’s holiday events include live shows, nightly Christmas tree lighting extravaganzas, character dining and more.

Following Kiss-Story in the Making, the memory-makers who are hoping to break that record, will experience an exclusive walkthrough of ICE! featuring Christmas Around the World which recognizes the world’s diverse holiday traditions with representations from the United Kingdom, Mexico, Germany and more.

Space will be limited for this official GUINNESS WORLD RECORDS attempt, and couples wishing to participate should secure their places for the event at for $34.99 plus taxes and fees. The kissing entry fee includes admission for two to Kiss-Story in the Making, admission for two to the event-exclusive ICE! experience, and one voucher for self-parking. Participants must be age 18 and up.

Couples wishing to enhance this memorable Kiss-Story in the Making experience can book an overnight stay with a special rate of $159 plus tax and resort fee. To make a reservation at this special rate, guests can book online at and choose December 7 as date of stay and apply corporate/promo code ZS7.

Other highlights awaiting visitors to Gaylord Palms this holiday include:

A new season of Cirque Dreams Unwrapped – reimagined by Broadway director and renowned Cirque Dreams founder Neil Goldberg. Complimentary seats will be available on a first come-first seated basis, while guaranteed seating may be purchased in advance. Guests wishing to enhance their show experience may reserve a place at a Cirque Dreams Unwrapped Dessert Party, available on Saturdays during December. Incredible views from a private fourth-floor viewing patio provide a unique perspective for the Cirque Dreams performance as guests enjoy a special buffet of holiday sweets from the Gaylord Palms culinary team paired with beverages to please all ages.

The Gaylord Palms atrium becomes even more merry and bright during Joyful, a spectacular new multisensory experience surrounding the resort’s six-story Christmas tree. Joyful will feature an exclusive holiday musical score along with millions of dancing, choreographed lights during the 12-minute nightly shows that illuminate the resort’s atrium.

More joyful noise will fill the resort’s atrium with the new Sounds of the Season Concert Series featuring a capella concerts on select nights in December. Local performance groups appearing include Voctave, Gaylord Palms STARS (resort staff) and the Orlando Gay Chorus, along with a very special collaboration between Opera Orlando, Orlando Philharmonic and the Orlando Ballet. All performances will be onstage in the St. Augustine Atrium and include a special concert patron-exclusive visit to the resort’s popular ICE! attraction following the performance.