This trip was a group present for my grandson's birthdays. Mid-winter, I thought it would be a great invigorator. With a promise of 85 degrees, I planned to take part in the fun. We went on a non-holiday weekend, right after school on Friday; Dad would meet us after work. We went to the water-park and noticed, immediately, that is was not 85 degrees. When I questioned the temperature, one of their darling attendants, looked down at me and stated that the water and air temps were monitored digitally and controlled by internet. I informed them that I hadn't seen a child in the park that wasn't blue and shivering. Parents seemed not to notice - I guess you have to be a Grandma. Warm towels were plentiful but the place was freezing. If the air was 85 when it left the vents, it cooled rapidly on the way down and moved fast enough to create a breeze. Other water parks we have been to (even in the North) have managed to maintain "balmy" so I had to wonder why Texas wasn't able to pull it off.
We had been told (several times) that you could sleep 4 in the Kids Cabin where I planned to stay with the children to give Mom and Dad a little privacy. When I called the desk and asked what the problem was, they said they would bring us a roll-away. I thought the roll-away would fit between the bottom bunks but, not so much. We kept the roll away and they tried to bring us another one, and another one, and another one. Because of the "confusioin" they offered us a credit - again, not so much. I slept on the roll-away outside the Kids Cabin. Every spring made it's presence known.
When we settled down, we noticed a great deal of commotion in the hall - children running and acting as if it was mid-morning - very loudly. It seems we were 2 rooms down from the main stairwell for the Wizzards Trek that they have and seems to run 24-7. Count on $100 per child, at least; but it is fun for anyone that can do six flights of stairs, back-and-forth, at least 4 times. We heard one man state that he had been on it nearly 70 hours with his children, as you are free to come back and work on it at any time - even after your stay.
If the name "Loose Moose" inspires you to dine, we had breakfast there and it was filled with a great many breakfast delights and we enjoyed it. Watch the omlette maker while you are in line. It is possible that they don't know that the cheese is supposed to melt. Still, very good. The Sports Bar on the third floor was very good and I recommend the Portabello Mushroom. The Grill in the Water Park was very good. Sat night we all agreed on having funnel cakes for dessert. I asked for 6 "fresh" funnel cakes. In the five minutes it took to get back to our room, they were skinny, tough and rubbery. For Sun breakfast, we fell victim to the doughnut disaster next to Pizza Hut, who prepared our Fri night familiars, and they didn't let us down.
Get your funnel cakes at Six Flags, wait on your water park fix for the opening of NRH20 - Hurricaine Harbor is better for teens and adults - Great Wolf will probably be "balmy" in summer when outside temps stay in tripple-digits for months and don't count on getting any sleep if you are near the center stair-well. Besides the noise, the Wolf needs to spring for new beds. It was the first hotel in years that had really uncomfortable beds.
Great Wolf does offer a wristband with the ability to open your room and charge anything you want in the entire hotel. This was a great convenience and I would recommen it, highly, for adults only. I would like to recommend that, if you are a single-parent and plan on getting one of these bands for your (he seemed about 6) child, and dump them in the water park while you have a trist in you room; rest assured that everyone in the park is feeling sorry for your child and doing their best to watch over him and not let him be overcome by lonliness and the sense of dessertion. If we knew who you were we would call HRS. If it ever seems people are talking about you, they are!
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