Great Wolf is a fun time for those with young children, but isn't so well matched for those with teens and tweens, who are just too cool for just about everything. Ours are from 3 to 8. so it was a perfect fit.
Water Park - lots of fun for all ages in the indoor area. The outdoor section was closed during our stay. They close the outdoor pools for off-season. The lack of throngs of people more than made up the difference.
Rooms - We stayed in the Wolf's Den room, and the kids liked sleeping in the bunk beds in the "cave." The rooms were very clean. The housekeeping staff actually cleans out the inside of the fridge when a guest checks out (many hotels claim they do this, but do not). The whole place is kept very clean from top to bottom. Housekeeping staff gets A+.
Food - We only had breakfast on the property, but that was quite nice. It is served buffet style with servers who bring the drinks. The service was good, and the food was on par with many of the chain-restaurant breakfast bars of which most of us are familiar. The price of the breakfast includes tax and tip, which is something to consider before deciding to face 30 minutes of North Dallas traffic to find breakfast elsewhere. I advise staying for breakfast.
Staff - Most of the staff is very accommodating and courteous. Front desk, valet, shuttle service, and restaurant staff all get A+. The "lifeguard" staff, however, is another story. Most of them are very young and sullen, with their minds elsewhere and scowls on their faces, like they want to be somewhere else. One was even dozing off while watching the wave pool. So, keep an eye on your little ones while you are there. It is our job after all.
MagiQuest - This was the biggest surprise of the trip. It looks hokey, and it is hokey, but my 5 and 8 got way into it, and they are still talking about it at home. They may have enjoyed it more than the water park, I'm not sure. Go on and buy the wand and play along with them, you aren't too cool to do it. Next year, we are doing it in garb.
A final word about Great Wolf. Remember that this place is primarily for your kids, not for you. Yes, there are kids running around the entire property. Yes, the water park is noisy; it's an indoor water park, they are inherently loud. Yes, the singing robot creatures in the lobby are corny (and a little weird). And no, you are NOT too cool to walk around carrying a wand. If you want an adult vacation, go somewhere else, but if you are looking to treat your kids, go to Great Wolf.
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