We went with a family of 6 on December 7th. The room accommodated well - two queen beds and pull out couch. The rooms are a little worn and the halls are swarming with kids all day until about 11:00pm (they have the Magiquest games running up and down the halls). To give you an idea of our trips "fun level" my kids (9, 12, 14, 16 years old) ask me if we can skip this place from now on...
Here is my top 10 points/tips on Great Wolf.
1) The lodge is way overpriced and I would only go on a Groupon or if I could get a group rate. Our group was $285 on a Saturday night (over $300 after tax). The internet price for same room, a family suite, was $628 (LOL).
2) Each room has a refrigerator and microwave. Bring snacks and drinks as everything in the lodge is expensive. It's very common for folks to being coolers, drinks, foods etc. Room and bathroom was a nicely set up. A nice balcony with each room. They supply no shampoo or toiletries. Small flatscreen and the room was a little dark.
3) Use the water park early on your day of arrival. If you are checking in you can get there as early as 9:00am as you check in day. Check in to get your wristbands although you will not have a room yet. You can get changed in the waterpark bathroom (they have a changing area). On a Saturday they had our room ready at 2:30pm.
4) Walking into the arcade will cost you another $50- $100 in which your children will earn enough tickets ~ 3,000 to get $7.00 worth of prizes. They do have this deal where you get 2 hours of playing video games (about a dozen of them) for $10. This seemed like a very good deal and no ticket winning is involved.
5) Gift Shop - The gift shop was nice and was not over priced. What I do sometimes with my kids are to tell them they have "x" amount to spend i.e. 30 bucks - spend it in the arcade or spend it in the gift shop - their choice but they have $30. With $30 they could get several nice mementos of the lodge.
6) The mini bowling looked like a good deal at $5 a person.
7) Magiquest and a Magiquest wand (which you need to play) will cost over $30 a child. Although this game can keep them busy for hours. If they are under 10 be ready to follow them around and play the game with them - it can be fun for a while.
8) The Seafood Dinner Buffet was actually EXCELLENT. Shocking but it was very, very good. Hot and cold Crab legs, shrimp, pasta's etc. etc. $25 an adult and $10 a child. You can always opt into ordering Pizza but we found this one of the treats of our one night there.
9) The water park is overcrowded on the weekend - long waits and you will NEVER find your child if they go off into it. If they are old enough to go off on their own tell them to check in once in a while or you will not see them for hours. It is difficult to get a table or chair so if you go early set up camp. You can get a cabana for another $150 if you want - not a bad deal if you are there with 4 or more families - what's another 40 bucks. I hear the weekdays are better.
10) One Night is all you need. This is not a hotel where you want to spend many nights to visit the Outlet malls or the area. You are paying for the water park and some little entertainment "readings" and skits in the lobby of the lodge. You can do everything you want in one day.
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- Also Known As:
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