Ok - we have now been to the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine twice (Santa had the brilliance to give this to our 4 kids 2 years ago, and again this past Christmas). I got nervous the first time after reading different reviews....but...it was great (that's why we did it again). This last time our kids were ages 13, 12 & 3 (boys). They all had a great time (have a daughter age 16, and she wanted to go, but instead cheered for a state tournament). Here in SE Texas, we have Winter Break....3rd week in February....this is when we went both times - PERFECT TIME!!! Stayed two nights both times....literally, the longest we had to wait for slides was maybe 5 minutes. And I could be in the wave pool or toddler area with the little one and keep an eye on the boys going up and down the stairs (and by boys, I am including my hubby, lol - I had bought them all bright swimsuits to make it easier). I was a little worried about our older boys getting bored, but nope...they loved it. And the 3 year old wore both my hubby and myself out. He was obsessed with the buckets dumping water, and floating in the Lazy River. He slept really, really well! Now....for food....we brought snacks with us (not cheap at the Lodge), including lunch and fruit to go with breakfast (it was vacation...got doughnuts one day, mcdonalds another day). For lunch, kids went up to the room and either ate leftovers from the previous night or lunchables. Supper....first time, we picked up chicken strips from Chicken Express (right down the road), second night, we ordered pizza, spaghetti and a salad from Great Wolf. To my surprise, it was great! Will definitely do that again. Not expensive for the amount of food we got either. We never ate at the grill, but in future we will try it, as the food smelled really, really good. Lots of fast food places nearby (a mile or so up the road) and restaurants. We had planned to take the kids this last time to the Rainforest Cafe at the mall, but they vetoed that in favor of the water park until it closed. As for check in, we lucked out both times (probably because of when we went) - waited at the most 5 minutes, staff very polite and helpful, and our rooms were ready both times when we arrived at 1pm. The beds were not the most comfortable, but weren't uncomfortable either. Kids loved their own "cabin" in our room. Personally, I wouldn't bother with a balcony/patio - they aren't all that impressive. We did not do the Magic Quest (ok - I wanted to, but older kids weren't interested, and little one has a flea's attention still). And we all enjoyed the Arcade (ok - I might have gotten a little addicted to the huge Fruit Ninja game - I don't get out much). Now, if Mom gets worn out by all the boys, she can also indulge in a little shopping therapy at the nearby outlet mall (not all of the shops are real outlets, though). Over all, both of our trips were a succes....and we will DEFINITELY go again!! Our 3 year old still gets all excited seeing commercials on TV. Oh - one other thing - either Living Social or Groupon regularly have specials on Great Wolf....last time we went, we used one - ended up paying $300 for 6 of us, plus had a $50 credit, for a 2 night stay. Just for one day at a regular water park, it costs us easily $120 or more to get in. Plus - the first time - it was freezing outside, with freezing rain - and we were in a water park!! How cool is that? Oh - and Starbucks in the gift shop, and beer & cocktails available also.
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