Great Wolf Lodge allows you to check in at 1 PM on the date of your arrival...that way, your family can start taking advantage of the water park as soon as you arrive. Rooms are not guaranteed ready until 4 PM, but they will gladly hold your luggage while you play. We arrived on Saturday at 2:30, and the lobby was hopping with people. I stood in line a short 5 minutes, and found that our family suite was ready. I gave the kids their wrist bands, loaded all the luggage, and went up to our room. (family suites come with 4 wristbands, and you can purchase additonal ones for $40)
We have stayed at GWL before, and I have always enjoyed the experience. Our room was a family suite, which sleeps 6. There are 2 full/queen (not sure which) beds, and then there is a divider that separates the sitting area with a full pull-out sofa/sleeper. We were up on the top floor, and had a nice view of the outside pool area. I was surprised that area was open since they had told me it was not scheduled to open until May 24th weekend. Back to the room...VERY spacious. The beds were comfortable and fairly firm. There were 3 pillows on each bed, all seemed to be of a different firmness. The television, which is not used much at this hotel, had plenty of kid channels (Disney and Nickelodeon) as well as the standard ones. The bathroom had a combo shower/bath, and a convenient laundry line you could pull across to dry your wet suits. The sink and mirror were outside from the toilet/shower area, but the bathroom definitely suited our needs. There were 5 of us in the room, and it did not feel crowded at all. It was very quiet in the hotel room, not just mid-day, but even at night. Since we were up on the top floor, mid-way down a hall, there was little commotion, which was nice. The only negative is how long the halls are.... it even can seem like an optical illusion as you walk down the hall to your room. However, I'm sure being further from the elevator helped our area be more quiet.
Some people might ask if GWL is good for older kids. I brought with me my son and daughter who are 17 and 12, and their 2 friends, who are 15 and 13. They ALL had fun during our overnight stay and playing in the water park. About the water park-- There are some slides that are just for 2 people, and some of them even will fit 5! I enjoyed both the tornado and river canyon rides. One of which, all 5 of us rode together! There is a hot tub that is both indoor/outdoor, a lazy river (that is a little too shallow for my liking) and a fun wave pool that is not too deep--even at the end. Outside, there are plenty of places to lay-out and relax. There are a couple of innertube rides and some more shallow water where you can shoot hoops. Oh, you can shoot hoops inside, too, which the two boys enjoyed alot. The water was very comfortable to me, and I don't like being in cold water, so it must have been ok!
There are many things to do besides the water park, but admittedly, that is almost all we do when we are there. The Magiquest game is fun, and kids can play that for a bit even after the water park closes at night. The cost of a game is about $13.00, but it can provide HOURS of fun. The snack shop downstairs has some reasonably priced treats and drinks. There seemed to be some good prices for pizza, though we did not try it out. We actually left the park for lunch on Sunday at a nearby restaurant, then came back to enjoy the fun!
I keep watching for specials for GWL including groupons. Full-price, it is a little more than I like to spend for a weekend, but with some of the specials they have out there, it can be a very reasonably priced and FUN visit!
I did like our room facing the pool. I did not request it, but it was nice!
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