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“Paw Pass and MagiQuest” 4 of 5 stars
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Great Wolf Lodge
3.5 of 5 Resort   |   100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051   |  
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Ranked #16 of 18 hotels in Grapevine
Dallas, Texas
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“Paw Pass and MagiQuest”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

This was our 2nd trip to GWL. We were better prepared this time, so the visit went more smoothly. We arrived on the day of check in about 12:30. The room wasn't ready, but we were able to check our bags and get our wristbands to start using the water park. On this visit, we purchased Paw Passes for the kids. For $65 plus tax, they got to do several things on the property that would have cost much more if we had purchased them individually. You can start using the Paw Pass as soon as you arrive. You don't have to wait until your room is ready. It is good until the park closes the day you check out.

Our overall stay was fine. The room was very clean and functional. The bed, while not the most comfortable I've ever slept in, was fine. The staff at the hotel was very nice and tried hard to be helpful. We had no staff or room issues at all.

We only stayed one night and with the Paw Pass, it was kind of a rushed visit. While the kids enjoyed the Paw Pass greatly, I think it would be better for a 2 night stay. We spent a lot less time in the water park because we spent a lot of time doing the activities on the Paw Pass. It includes arcade tokens, a "build a bear" type stuffed animal, ice cream, create your own t-shirt, glitter tattoo, photo with a GWL character (which is taken after story time at 8 pm), and the MagiQuest wand and game. The MagiQuest game is what really eats up your time. If you can convince your kids to do just one of two of the "quests," then you can spent 30 minutes or so on it and it will be fun. However, my kids (and most of the others we saw) wanted to complete the whole thing, not just a couple of the quests. We spent 4 hours playing this game. During this time, you are running up and down the hotel stairs looking for various objects that are located all over the hotel. The guide book they give you contains a couple of important typos, and that results in having to go down to the main MagiQuest station of the first floor to get help. The kids liked it, but I can't say it was particularly enjoyable. It was more of a task than an adventure. My kids are 6 and 8 and kids that age cannot complete the game by themselves. It will be you that is reading the guide book and dragging them around looking for the objects needed. It seemed like the teen and tween set was having a lot more fun with this game than the younger ones were. The older kids are able to read the book themselves and decipher the clues. Little ones are not. There were countless tired and frustrated parents running up and down the stairs with their confused little ones in tow trying to locate certain items needed for the quest. When we finally finished, we had a sense of camaraderie and accomplishment that was nice and, overall, it will be a good family memory, but I can't say that I was feeling that way while the "quest" was in progress!

Room Tip: We got the Wolf Den. It gives the kids their own little space with a TV and bunk beds.
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
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  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Reserved the Big Bear Suite which sleeps 6-8 people. Room was totally dysfunctional. King Bed has 4 posts and a canopy which was hokey. The ceiling fan was over the dresser NOT over the bed. Second bedroom had 2 queens which were nice and a ceiling fan that was over the dresser. They ran the electrical only 3 feet from the wall instead of centering it in the room. So the fan did not cool you when sleeping.

There was a large bar that jetted out into the middle of the living room. Couldn't see a purpose to this as there was no cooking ability nor was there any TV in this room. Only a pull out sofa that seats 2. I didn't understand the purpose of the bar and it took up so much space. The closet space for this large room consisted of a rack next to the bar - so all your clothes are hanging in the living room. Weird.

There are NO electrical outlets to charge your devices - unless you unplug a lamp or the clock.

The deal breaker for me was that this room that sleeps 6-8 people had only ONE bathroom. Totally not functional for a room that sleeps this many people.

These suites are located next to the elevator which is also where the MagiQuest treasure hunt video games are located. Magiquest is a game that requires a laser wand that can be purchased or it comes with a package deal. The kids go hunting for these machines where they zap it with their laser and get clues for the where the next game is located. We were on the 7th floor and kids started playing this thing at 7am and could play until 11pm. So if you have little ones that are trying to sleep, they will most definitely be awakened by these LOUD recordings that come from the machine each time someone zaps it. HORRIBLE.

Water park was great. Safe for kids, however, I didn't appreciate the lifeguards putting an adult male on a raft with my young teenage girls because he had nobody to ride down the slide with - here's a suggestion, put him on with a bunch of boys or dads. It freaked my girls out more than me, and they were nervous to ride the slide again.

Restaurants in the hotel were loud (with all the kids and the open spaces) and the service was slow. Food was mediocre. They have a pizza hut inside but I saw a lot of people bringing large coolers into their rooms and ordering pizza delivery for a cheaper option.

All in all this place is really designed for families with younger kids as they have coloring and storytime and an arcade where you can win tickets for junky prizes. They insist that everyone wears a wristband which also acts as your room key and, if you want, a charge card to buy things and charge to your room. Great idea, however, I was going out to dinner at a fancy place and didn't want a shocking pink wristband on my arm. Note: If you lose the wristband, it cost $40 to replace.

Room Tip: Stay away from rooms near the elevators as there are video type games there that kids play from 7am...
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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled with family
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

We drove 630 miles round trip to get here & this place was totally overrated & overpriced. If you are expecting anything to be included in the whopping $300+ bucks a night you are sadly mistaken. There were over 3 issues while we were here & the staffed apologized as they are trained to do & that was pretty much that. The waterpark was fun, lines did move quickly thats about all I have to offer on a positive note. It was kid friendly which was great, but Ive neevr spent so much on a quick getaway vacation, i couldve booked a cruise for for a similar price & had plenty more INCLUDED. Overall I would never go back

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Amber, Oklahoma
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012 via mobile

My wife and I have taken our kids here numerous times, kids love the water park. Find the food prices to be too high and would recommend going to one of close by (within 5 miles) eating places. Be sure and look online for discount codes to save you a few dollars. Rooms were clean and adequate.

  • Stayed October 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

My sister and I, and our kids (6-14) decided to go here before school started. We went on sunday-monday stay and all had a great time.
We checked in a couple hours earlier than their check-in time and were able to avoid the lines mentioned by other guests. We had the family suite and there was plenty of room for the five of us. There is a sofabed in the room, but request a rollaway, it is more comfortable. The rollaway stores vertically to move out of the way during the day. Stop at the store and stock the frig with food and drinks, this will save lots of time and money!
The water park was not too crowded, even the waterslide lines weren't too long of a wait. We had nice weather so we were able to use both the inside and outside waterparks, but I would bet the indoor only park would be too crowded if that was all that was open in summer.
Skip the buffet for dinner....food only fair and it's expensive.
Oh, one very cool thing....your waterpark wristband doubles as your room key! One less thing to have to find since it is attached to you, and every adult can have one.

Room Tip: The family suite was fine for our party of 5. Request a rollaway and skip the sofabed which isn'...
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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Dallas, Texas
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

I know winter time is for playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate. Decided to do something different this year. Seems like other parents got the same idea. Got the standard suite, did not plan to be in the room all the time. Little kids around 5 would love the themed rooms.

They do have specials for a day were you do not have to spend the night, but I seem to keep missing the specials or the tickets are sold out.

Thank goodness that our room was not near the stairs.
The Magi Quest is just a high tech scavenger hunt, and after awhile it starts to get addicting trying to find everything. Some stations are just in plain sight. One of the station did not work, went back to the wand shop explain to the tendent, and we got credit for the station. If not you can not go to the other stations. If you get stuck, ask some one. What I hate about the Magi Quest is at the end where you have to defeat a dragon and its not easy.

Food wise, its okay. Don't be surprise on the cost of the food. Some people manage to sneak some burgers from Whataburger into the water park.
If you don't want to spend too much on food.
Grapevine Mills Mall is very close by and there are other restaurants in the area.
Bring a refillable water bottle, and refill it from the water fountain.

There is a section for adults only.
The indoor water park is great. The wait time go the water slides are not bad.
Since its winter the out door pool is closed. Can only imagine how crowded this place can get during the summer months.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Irving, Texas, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2012

What a great place for toddlers to adult kids. We really enjoyed what they offered for our Grand kids to our 25-32 kids. Great atmosphere the rooms were super, the food was good, and the staff was great.

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  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 100 Great Wolf Drive, Grapevine, TX 76051
Location: United States > Texas > Grapevine
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities ( Kid / Family Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service Spa Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
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Ranked #16 of 18 hotels in Grapevine
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Hotel Class:3.5 star — Great Wolf Lodge 3.5*
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