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Gaylord to reopen on schedule, with new Christmas attraction

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Restoration efforts are on schedule for the planned reopening of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center, company officials announced during a tour of the renovated facility on Thursday.

Pete Weien, senior vice president and general manager at Opryland, said guests will notice a host of modern updates throughout and many "wow experiences."

In addition, Weien said the hotel's annual holiday tradition A Country Christmas will include a new attraction called "Snow", which will feature a snow maze, snowball target practice and live reindeer.

The sprawling complex located along the Cumberland River flooded in early May and parts of the hotel were filled with as much as seven or eight feet of water.

Having since undergone $175 million in renovations, Kemp Gallineau, senior vice president and chief sales officer at Opryland, said bookings for the last half of November are "good and December is even better."

A grand re-opening ceremony is set for November 18.

A Country Christmas begins the next day, November 19, and continues through January 2, 2011.

The neighboring Grand Ole Opry House was also flooded and will reopen September 28 after undergoing $20 million in renovations.

A star-packed show featuring Trace Adkins, Jason Aldean and Dierks Bentley, among others, is planned for the reopening. 

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