With heart-pounding waterslides, a "magical" scavenger hunt throughout the resort, and imaginitive themed suites; Great Wolf Lodge is a fantasy land of family fun. We cherished our time making memories together at this over-the-top fun resort.
Located in Grapevine, Great Wolf Lodge is a full-service, kid-oriented resort plus waterpark in one. Upon entering the awesome lobby, guests know that they are in for a fun treat. One night at the resort includes access to the indoor waterpark for two days, both the day of arrival and the day of departure. The waterslides are some of the best we've ever experienced (and we consider ourselves to be water park connoisseurs). Kids over 42" can ride almost every waterslide with an adult (two slides require a height of 48"). Although there is a large kiddie pool, kiddie slides, lazy river, and wave pool; the most fun is had by those able to ride most of the slides.
In addition to the splashy water fun, the resort also offers plenty of additional entertainment throughout the resort. "MagiQuest" is an interactive scavenger hunt game that encourages the kids to explore the entire resort in an attempt to earn points and create "magic" with a wave of their wand. To participate in MagiQuest, guests must purchase a wand. Our kids shared one wand to keep the cost down, and we had fun working on our "quest" together as a team. Each night kids are invited to come to the lobby in their pajamas for the Clock Tower Show and storytime by the stone fireplace...a great way to wind down and end a day filled with fun. Great Wolf Lodge also offers a kids' spa, crafts at the kids' club, and an arcade. We stayed too busy with the waterpark, MagiQuest, and storytime, though, so we did not have time (nor feel the desire) to try out these other extras.
Although most rooms at the hotel are basically a typical hotel room, Great Wolf Lodge offers imaginitive themed suites ideal for families with young children. We believe it is worth the upgrade to a themed suite to enhance the family's stay. Our kids were thrilled with our Kid Cabin Suite. The large room featured a "log cabin" in one half of the room with bunk beds and an extra twin bed as well as a mounted flat screen tv. The other half of the room was spacious and comfortable with a queen bed and sitting area. Our kids were so excited about "the coolest hotel room we've ever seen" that we initially had a hard time getting them out of the room to the waterpark.
What we Love:
- The sheer fun factor - We were worn out from having so much fun!
- The simplicity - Everything is contained within the resort. Guests never have to drive anywhere during their stay. The wristband that guests wear serves as their ticket to the waterpark, hotel room key, and even their credit card. This is truly a stress-free family vacation.
Know before you go:
- Crowds - Weekends and holidays can get very crowded. We recommend experiencing Great Wolf during the week, if possible. We visited on a Thursday night, and we had no lines for the slides. Our calves gave out from the stair-climbing long before we ran out of time.
- Pricey - Great Wolf Lodge is not cheap. When we consider, though, that the cost includes both the hotel room and waterpark passes for a family for two days, the price seems quite reasonable. Another benefit to a mid-week visit is the lower prices. The price of food and extras at the resort add up very quickly. We kept down our costs by enjoying a "picnic" in our room for one of our meals (our room did have a microwave and a refrigerator).
- Great Wolf Lodge markets itself as a luxury resort. While it does have a beautiful spa and other high-end features, we go to Great Wolf Lodge for the family fun and save our pampering dollars for elsewhere. The quality of the food and service we received was good, but it was not the same caliber as what we have received at other high-end luxury properties.
But again, we came for fun and Great Wolf Lodge met and exceeded our expectations on that front. We are already looking forward to another opportunity to "celebrate our family" at Great Wolf Lodge.