The exterior phase of the Gaylord Palms Resort improvement plan consisted of the redevelopment of approximately 4.4 acres of area adjacent/land locked by the hotel. The goal of the project was to increase the "play" value of the hotel pool areas. The project included the construction of the Cypress Springs Family Fun Water Park, the South Beach adult swimming pool, the Coquina Lawn, a character stage/movie screen and the Sand Bar (a tiki type bar/restaurant). The family water park included a 7,025 square foot family lagoon with beach entry and a four slide multi-level play structure that rests in a 4,430 square foot shallow pool. The South Beach pool is 4,300 square foot pool that is nearly 180 feet in length and has two grand entry stairs and multiple water benches. The Coquina Lawn incorporates a 9,000 square foot synthetic turf lawn and multiple break-out areas that include three standalone fire places and one fire pit. The character stage was constructed as a dual purpose structure. The design was based upon being a back drop to an LED movie screen that is 18.5 feet wide by 10.5 feet tall. It is also used for a range of outdoor performances with a full sound system and theatrical lighting. The last front of house building is a 3,058 square foot tiki bar with a full service kitchen. Its main theming interest is a thatched roof that covers a 1,200 square foot open air seating area.