We went to Great Wolf expecting it to be cheesy and crowded with kids. We were correct, but our kids really loved the whole experience. We had a rough start, arriving at 4:30 and expecting to be able to check-in. Our room was not ready, and they said that the bellman could hold our bags and they would call when our room was ready. I saw some other guests in the same situation who were pretty agitated.
We also went expecting the room to be small and worn and the beds to be uncomfortable. We expected that based on reviews we had read, but actually found the rooms to be large, quite nice, and comfortable. The air conditioning did not get at cold as we are used to, but in October we were fine.
My 11 -year-old really enjoyed Magiquest, but did experience some frustration with the wand not working properly at times. One time he took it back to the shop, and an employee was able to make it work better for a while. My husband got tons of exercise running up and down the stairwells to play the game. The 8-year-old found the game
frustrating, and much preferred to stay in the arcade. Which brings me to an important point- watch your wallet at the Great Wolf! There are so many ways to spend money- if you are not wanting to add hundreds to your trip, plan ahead! When going to buy Magiquest wands, have an adult scope it out first. As soon as your kids walk in, they will see many neat choices for wands and fancy toppers. Our children immediately grabbed their choices, and they ended up totaling $100 for both. If we had gone with the basic wands, it would have only been $60 total, but it was too late for us.
We found that the easiest way to eat was to get a pizza at the "Hungry Wolf" next to the arcade. Even though there were only 3 tables there, we were always able to grab one and eat a little before continuing to play. Many people seemed to be taking pizzas back to their rooms. There are ice cream and treats nearby, as well. We also saw someone having Papa John's delivered and others bringing a big order of Chick-fil-a into the lobby. In the morning, we ate the breakfast buffet and found it to be better than most hotel buffets.
The water park was of course, loud and crowded. The lazy river was definitely not lazy. You will constantly have very powerful water dumped on your head. It was kind of fun but not good for contact lens! The boys also really enjoyed the play area and waiting for the giant bucket to turn over and drop huge amounts if water on them. We also did some slides, and enjoyed them, as well. I would like to comment on the towel situation. The water park has bathrooms on both sides, but towels in only one spot. It would be great to have towels in many more spots, especially next to bathrooms. Also, there need to be many more changing areas. Lifeguards were diligent. Another reviewer commented that they were robotic, and trying to please their boss. I think that I much prefer that hyper-active behavior of moving around and looking from side to side over the traditional bored-looking lifeguard. If they are trying to pay attention, maybe it will help them to pay attention.
Most parents really enjoy watching their kids have a good time. Maybe it helps us recapture our youth. My husband commented that he didn't see a single child crying. I imagine that there are some parents who may get a moment to rest while their children run around the hotel playing Magiquest or play in the water park. If you are the type of parent (like we are,) who watch your children really closely, then you will be exhausted by the end of your stay. But your children will be happy!
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