Our two young children (3.5 and 1.5) had an absolute blast at The Great Wolf Lodge. We parents were delighted watching them have fun.
Our room, a "wolf den" room, was spacious and clean. The wolf den has a queen bed for parents and then a "cave" with bunk beds for the kids. The den does not have a door, so there's no putting the kids to bed and staying up. However, the bottom bunk is so low to the ground that we decided to forego our pack-n-play and let our little one sleep in a "big girl bed."
Our housekeeping staff person was attentive. He made an elephant out of towels, which our girls liked. He was just finishing the room one day when we were heading into the room for naps, and he got out of our way pretty quickly.
The girls did story time in the lobby both nights, and loved the animated animals and trees telling a story. That being said, what they loved was watching the figures move; no one could hear a word of the story. (Also, they have the same story, but a more elaborate set-up, at the Wisc. Dells location.) Then they were even more thrilled to see the costumed characters in person. We paid a little extra for Wiley the Wolf to bring cookies to our room, and that was a huge hit.
The pool area is perfect for younger children. Our 3.5 year old had 2 small and 2 medium slides she could ride on, but the others were for older kids. I think kids up to age 10 or 11 would enjoy the park. After that, I think most of the slides would be too boring. Again, the pool area I think is better at the Wisc. Dells location.
The food - is disappointing, given that we were in Traverse City and there are so many fine dining options! The snack bar food at the pool was mostly fried food and all overpriced. The pizza was okay. The breakfast buffet was your typical buffet. I ordered breakfast off the menu - white chocolate cherry pancakes - and those were very good.
I had a massage at the adult spa, and it was great! My massage therapist did a fantastic job. And the price was really reasonable - cheaper than the spa I go to in Chicago.
All in all: This is NOT a place to go without kids. And I don't think older children - tweens and teens - would like it. But, for young kids, I have no doubt they will love it.
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