Aaron Mendelson

Creative Designer, Product Engineer, and Inventor in Colorado

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Aaron Mendelson is a proven entertainment leader and innovator with more than 15 years of experience in one of America’s top vacation and meeting destinations, Orlando, Florida. For the past 10 years, Mendelson has served as director of entertainment for Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center, a 1,406-room, all-under-one-roof, luxury resort located just minutes from the front gates of Walt Disney World. Mendelson masterminds all the entertainment experiences throughout Gaylord Palms’ soaring, signature atrium, award-winning restaurants and recreation hot spots; contracts unforgettable performances for corporate clients and special events for leisure guests; and manages the DreamWorks Experience, featuring shows and interactive experiences with the beloved characters from DreamWorks Animation films such as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda and Madagascar. In addition, Mendelson leads the creation and operation of Best of Florida Christmas, the resort’s annual, two-month-long holiday extravaganza hosted by 300 seasonal employees and featuring breathtaking décor throughout the property’s 63 acres, spectacular stage shows, and ICE!, Orlando’s coolest holiday attraction showcasing two-million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures. Mendelson is a triple threat in the entertainment industry, possessing a rare combination of skills that enable him to conceptualize and sell fresh entertainment experiences, design and translate technical requirements, and successfully partner with vendors, clients and employees on all levels to fulfill his vision. Mendelson’s path to success originated as a TV/radio major specializing in audio production at Ithaca College, was paved during his five years in technical and talent leadership at Universal Orlando Resort, and cemented through his years with Gaylord Palms and involvement with industry champions such as the International Special Events Society (ISES) and International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions (IAAPA). Specialties: Contracts, Pre-Production, Technical, Talent, Web Design, Technology, Programming, Attraction Design, Graphic Design, Video Editing, CMS, Negoitiation, Musical Experience

  • Work
    • WhiteWater West Industries
  • Education
    • Ithaca College