A Water Attraction Blending Water and Music in A Way Only Nashville Could Create
Published: June 1, 2019
By: Bethany Hunley
Just when you think the Gaylord Opryland Resort could not possibly add any more in-house attractions for its guests, the resort goes and adds SoundWaves, a water experience unlike any other I have ever experienced.
Debuted in December 2018, SoundWaves is an immersive experience that truly brings the spirit of the Music City indoors within its 4-acre, 3-story water attraction.
Guests of the resort receive priority admission to SoundWaves each day. This is one of the main additions I adored about our SoundWaves experience, as the crowd is limited each day, and we never once had to wait in a line to enjoy any of the water rides and attractions!
However, there is an opportunity to visit SoundWaves for non-resort guests. Access is also available to the general public without a hotel room by reserving a party room for groups of 10, 16 or 30 people which includes all-day access to SoundWaves, according to staff.
Another addition to SoundWaves that families will find convenient is the use of wrist bands to enter and exit the attraction. Much in the same fashion of Disney park bracelets, these waterproof and surprisingly comfortable wrist or ankle bands help to keep up with daily attendance to the attraction, as well as your ability to enter and leave SoundWaves in the event you need to run back to your room for something, or your little one needs a nap.
SoundWaves also provides its guests with a “Human Dryer,” something I had never seen before but absolutely appreciated. The Human Dryer resembles a standing tanning bed, only you stand in it while warm air rushes at you, drying you and your bathing suit before you begin your walk back to your room.
The Gaylord Opryland Resort is massive, and this was definitely taken into consideration for guests during the design process. SoundWaves is centrally located within the resort and has its own walkway leading into the entrance space. Visitors also needn’t worry about toting towels and life vests across the resort, as SoundWaves provides both, including life vests for toddlers and adults of all sizes. There are also several lifts near the attractions to assist visitors who may require special accommodations as they enter and exit the water.
While this may sound strange, the ceiling of SoundWaves was probably my favorite creative addition to the entire attraction. Constructed from glass that allows heat from the sun and UV rays into the massive area, you can actually get a suntan (or a sunburn) while being indoors! Lush greenery is also used to accent the entire space, giving SoundWaves its own feel of being inside one of the resort’s famous atriums.
Something for every age and experience level can be found inside SoundWaves. Whether adrenaline-seekers want to try Crowd Surfer, Nashville’s only double FlowRide, or experience the Stage Dive Body Slides (one is a translucent tube with LED lights and the other is an opaque tube with no lights), or you prefer more family-friendly rides, such as the Down Tempo Lazy River or the Quarter and Half Note Coves for toddlers and older children, every member of your family will be all smiles while inside SoundWaves.
Of course, it just wouldn’t be Nashville without country music playing throughout the 111,000 square feet of indoor attractions! In fact, music is a theme throughout SoundWaves. The restaurant, Decibels, is located conveniently inside SoundWaves and offers tasty poolside snacks and drinks. Status Cymbal, the adults-only infinity pool and bar, is located on the top level and provides a gorgeous view of the entire space for those guests seeking a little peace and quiet.
The next time that you plan a trip to Nashville and stay at the Gaylord Opryland Resort, be sure to book your SoundWaves experience with your room! Admission to Soundwaves is a separate price, but they do offer packages for anyone staying inside the resort. To learn more about SoundWaves, visit www.gaylordhotelsnews.com/SoundWaves.