Gaylord Opryland’s Upscale Water Resort Celebrated Grand Opening with Military Families, Celebrities and $20k Donation to Local Nonprofit Operation FINALLY HOME

SoundWaves, the nation’s first truly upscale indoor/outdoor resort water attraction, set the stage for summer travel during its outdoor grand opening celebration on May 16. Just in time for Memorial Day weekend, the exclusive event made a splash with a ribbon cutting ceremony, specially-invited military families, celebrity appearances, live music performances and a looping water slide race that yielded a $20,000.00 donation to Operation FINALLY HOME. 

John Adams, VP and General Manager of Gaylord Opryland Resort, and Colin Reed, Chairman and CEO, Ryman Hospitality Properties, introduced the outdoor portion of SoundWaves and spoke about how the attraction is leading a change in the way travelers perceive tourism in Music City.

“The complete opening of SoundWaves solidifies Gaylord Opryland Resort’s status as the premier entertainment destination in Nashville for both business and leisure travelers alike,” said Adams. “Our seasoned team has designed and brought to life a next-level entertainment concept that blends adrenaline-inducing attractions, relaxing amenities and upscale dining experiences with the highly sought-after graciousness and luxury design of the overall Gaylord Hotels brand.”

Making waves throughout Nashville since its indoor opening in December 2018, SoundWaves continues to hit all the right notes with an additional 106,000 square feet of outdoor water amenities. The water resort creates an experience unique to Music City by enhancing each attraction and amenity with paired musical components. The outdoor portion of the facility features a 315,000-gallon wave pool with giant LED movie screen, 45-foot slide tower, kids pool and multi-level play structure, adults-only pool and bars, private cabana rentals, food trucks and more. Adrenaline-inducing attractions include the Beat Drop, a near-vertical drop into a tunnel and looping waterslide; and the Bass Drop, an open-flume six-story free-fall into water.

In honor of Memorial Day, country music artist and Grand Ole Opry member Craig Morgan welcomed VIP guests and specially-invited military families from Operation FINALLY HOME to join him for the ribbon cutting. The local nonprofit provides mortgage-free homes to service members and their families who have become wounded, ill or injured as a result of their service in the defense of our country. Honorary guests included four families who were recently presented with a new home from the organization and Lebanon solider SSG Rob Cesternino and his son Luca, whose surprise homecoming went viral around the world in March. 

Immediately following the ceremony, local personalities and celebrities raced down the new four-lane Rock’N Racer attraction for a charitable cause. The race resulted in a $20,000.00 donation from Ryman Hospitality Properties, Gaylord Opryland Resort and Pepsi to Operation FINALLY HOME. Afterwards, guests enjoyed private acoustic performances by multi-instrumentalist and country artist Maggie Baugh.

True to the aesthetic and overall brand of Gaylord Hotels, SoundWaves offers adults, young children and families a modern oasis in the heart of Nashville. A clean, modern design and sleek finishes blend together with various living walls and lush plant beds to create an alluring ambiance spread across four acres of indoor and outdoor recreation zones. 

Adult guests have exclusive access to adult-only indoor and outdoor pools, bars and lounging areas throughout the water resort. Elevated dining experiences with local offerings and signature cocktails, along with kid friendly fare, ensure each palate is satisfied. 

Year-round indoor attractions – opened December 2018:
* 111,000 square feet of upscale water attractions and activities
* Multi-slide tower
* FlowRider(r) Double indoor surfing
* Rapid and lazy rivers
* Activity pool with rock climbing, obstacle course and basketball
* Restaurants
* Exclusive adults-only indoor pool, bar and lounging areas
* Private cabana rentals

Seasonal outdoor features – opened May 17, 2019:
* 106,000 square feet of outdoor water amenities
* Multi-slide tower
* 315,000-gallon wave pool with a giant LED movie screen
* Kids pool with a multi-level play structure
* Multiple dining options
* Exclusive adults-only outdoor pool, bars and lounging areas
* Private cabana rentals

How to book the SoundWaves Experience Package
Guaranteed access to SoundWaves is available to those who select the overnight SoundWaves Experience Package when booking their stay at Gaylord Opryland Resort. 

Party Rooms
Three party rooms (for 10, 16 or 30 people) are available for 4-hour rental including complimentary parking passes and all-day access to SoundWaves. This amenity provides a unique experience for birthdays, reunions, graduations and bachelor/bachelorette parties and can be purchased without the overnight package. 

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SoundWaves sets the stage as Nashville’s premier upscale water experience, featuring four acres of combined indoor water attractions and seasonal outdoor water amenities. The upscale hybrid water resort fuses music and water to create an exclusive experience for guests of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels, part of the Marriott portfolio of brands. SoundWaves offers sleek finishes and furnishings, diverse dining options, eleven thrilling water slides with dedicated indoor and outdoor recreation zones for adults, young children and families. For more information, visit

Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center, located at 2800 Opryland Drive in Nashville, Tenn., is the flagship property of Gaylord Hotels. The 2,888-room hotel offers “everything in one place”- diverse dining options, a full-service spa, top-notch entertainment, on-site shopping, an award-winning golf course and more. For more information, visit

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