My family just completed our second visit in as many years to Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, TX. We live in the area and after a successful weekend visit last year put it on our list for summer activities this year. There was 4 adults , 2 -8 yr olds and a 3 yr old (3 generations) in our party. We got an amazing deal on the 2 bdrm suite. The hotel was completely sold out and we were braced for complete overcrowding everywhere but it was not a problem in the least. We arrived at 1 pm, had to wait about an hour for room but check in and check out was done quickly even though there was quite a crowd each time.
As far as the room was concerned, we were very pleased. The only thing that could possibly have been better would have been more closet/dresser space. The beds were fine and we had no issue with noise from the hallway or from other rooms. We had an abundance of counter space, a microwave, refrigerator and 3 televisions. We took our Wii and were able to connect it to the television which provided extra nighttime and afternoon downtime entertainment.
Food service -- We took a great deal of snacks with us since we knew the kids would be non stop hungry with all the exercise they were getting. Technically you are not supposed to take outside food or drink into the waterpark but we did put some juice pouches and snacks in our beach bag and no questions were asked. We ate breakfast at the buffet each morning. The choices were plentiful and the quality good. The adult price was $14 each and children over 4 yrs were $5. Not cheap but certainly not overpriced as far as hotel prices. We ate one dinner at the restaurant on the 4th floor. Again, food was fine, prices not cheap but not astronomical either.
The Waterpark - It was crazy, loud and crowded - all of which we expected. I wish there was a little more for the little ones to do. I don't know that our 3 yr old noticed it but I got a little bored watching her in the little area that she was old enough for. Even with a sold out hotel, lines were not excessively long and there was plenty of space for all. We had no problem getting seats inside or outside at any time. The chlorine was a little strong inside but I don't think there is a lot that can be done about this.
The Magic Quest game was a hit for the second year. It's not cheap - I believe it it's about $30 for equipment and fees. We were able to take our wands from last year's trip and only pay the fee so we were able to get out for $16 per child. It can certainly be a group activity which would significantly cut down the cost for a family with several children. Our 8 yr olds were the perfect age for this. Having extra adults allowed us to keep the 3yr old in the room while the older ones could do their quest in the evening. It would be nice if there was a little bit more for the little ones to do outside of the Waterpark.
All in all, I am sure that we will be going back to GWL next summer. If you are looking for a romantic, relaxing or quiet vacation - DO NOT plan your trip here but if you are looking for a place your children will love and where you can make some great memories then this is certainly a place for you. Go with realistic expectations, and I don't believe you will be disappointed.
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