NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A brand new navigation system will help guests at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center navigate the maze of hall ways and cat walks.
In past years, it was easy to get turned around somewhere in the nine acre area under glass, even with maps and directions.
Now, with the re-opening of the hotel, guests will find it easier to get from one place to another thanks to nine digital interactive touch screen maps.
"We've wanted these for a long time, so this gave us the opportunity to install them," Gaylord Opryland's Amy Atkinson said. "It's a fancy way of finding the way around the hotel."
Guests touch the screen to locate where they are, then can choose from a number of destinations including shopping, restaurant, events, attractions outside the hotel and even airline information.
Choosing the word "restaurants," for example, lists all of the restaurants in the hotel. From there, guests can choose a specific restaurant and then view a menu and/or map.
Once they choose the map, the kiosk displays step by step walking directions on the screen, and then gives guests an option for printing those directions to take with them.
"Very easy, narrative directions, and if you want to go see a show or something and eat later, you won't have to remember it."
There is also a new application for iPhone users.
"We've only told our Facebook fans about this," Atkinson said. "They'll be able to make dinner reservations, see what's going on around the hotel, see our special events."
Gaylord Opryland is also ready for its annual holiday events.
The 27th annual A Country Christmas opens Friday with a display of more than two million Christmas lights, and more than a dozen shows, including ICE! with the special theme, Santa Claus is Comin' to Town, and the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes.
For more information about the resort and other events, visit their Web site.