We stayed at Mt. Olympus over spring break - 3/31 - 4/2/2013. My first impression of this resort (use this term loosely) was that it was tacky and dated. The first thing I noticed upon arriving is that the other guests seemed very low-class. I know this is judgmental, however I couldn't help making this observation. Our entire trip included stays at 3 different resorts, and this one was the cheapest of the 3, so I assume that families with less money are attracted to this place.
Upon arriving, our room was not ready, which was fine because we arrived about 2 and check-in was 4. They will send a text message when your room is ready. We headed to the Indoor Amusement Park to avoid getting wet until our room was ready. The indoor amusement park is tacky and really geared more for the under 10 crowd. My kids are 9 and 10, and they found most of the rides too babyish. The park is basically in a pop-up barn with some cheesy Greek/Roman columns thrown up here and there. The insulation is falling out of the ceiling in spots and dead go-karts litter the corners. Of course the "older" fun stuff costs extra - like laser tag, bowling, and video games. The go-kart ride was probably the best but seriously, we waited in line over 45 minutes for a 3 minute ride....not worth it!
An additional observation, all of the workers (aside from those who appeared to be management) were Asian or of some Eastern European descent. They were NOT friendly in the least bit. Every single ride operator or life guard had the most "blah" expression on their faces. No one working there appeared to enjoy their job at all.
Finally, at 4:01, we got the text that our room was ready. Our room was FAR from the lobby and parks, but it was okay. The room was clean, and it had laminate flooring which I found interesting - no carpet to get moldy and soiled. Other areas of the resort needed a serious vacuuming, especially the stairs to the water park.
The water park is relatively small, but both my kids enjoyed it. To get there, you have to traverse about 4 different sets of stairs - it's really bizarre how they've connected the main building to the water park. My husband and I parked ourselves in the upper seating area and had a birds eye view of the entire place. The staff does NOT enforce the outside food/drink rule, so we brought in our own snacks and beer - it was great!! They also charge you to rent a locker. That is ridiculous! You pay $10.50, and if you return the key by 9:30 p.m., you get $5 back. Again, is this a resort? As a paying guest, I feel like I should get a FREE locker.
Our first morning there brought a huge disappointment - no free coffee!!! What?? Is this 2013? Really, I think some place that advertises itself as a "resort" could give free coffee. We had to buy $4.50 Starbucks which we never do. There also is no "restaurant" here where you can have breakfast - just a snack counter. They will heat up a premade breakfast sandwich for you - whoopee!
Speaking of food, this place buys what I believe to be Gordon Food Service (or lower grade) frozen food and refries it. There is no "nice" place to eat. Even the one area that resembles a restaurant serves this greasy fare. My kids were fine with pizza, burgers, fries, and corn dogs, but my husband and I craved something a little more refined after our first go with these menu options. I urge others to take advantage of the coupons they offer for nearby restaurants.
My kids blew about $40 each in the arcade. I liked the reloadable game cards and e-tickets - that made it easy but also dangerous. If your kid loses that card - it's ALL GONE!!! I made sure my boys had shorts with pockets while playing in the arcade.
Checkout was easy.
Out of the 3 resorts we visited, I rank this #2 (behind Kalahari and better than Wilderness). Again, I don't know that I would go around saying this is a "resort." The food is super low quality, the fun amenities are simply average, and I never one felt like I was being catered to like I should be at a resort. If you want a fun and fancy time, spring for Kalahari!
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