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!
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