Our party consisted of 2 adults, one of which was disabled, and 3 children and one baby. The only room available to us was a disability room with a king size bed and a sofa bed. The room was very small. As soon as we checked in the kids wanted to watch tv before going to the water park. The tv was very difficult to operate to get to the regular channels and not inadvertently buying a movie or the adult channel. The one good thing about the room was the bathroom; it was very large. In fact the kids delighted in running in and out of the bathroom, it was so big. I just wish the rest of the room had as much space. For being a disability room, the bed was so high, I could not get up on it and I'm of average height and the disabled person. I slept on the sofa bed which was sort of comfortable as far as sofa beds go.
After settling down into our room, we got ready to go to the water park. I was surprised to find out that even though we were guests of the hotel, we had to pay to go to the water park! On the way out of the door to the front desk, my oldest granddaughter shut her finger in the door. The front desk was no help in getting ice for her finger. They handed us a bag and gave us instructions for where the ice machine was. There were 3 young people behind the counter, I expected at least one of them to get out from behind the counter and help with a crying little girl to get ice.
After getting ice and getting my granddaughter's finger better, we paid for the water park and started on the long walk. Once inside the water park, what a shock, the noise was deafening. We looked all over for a place to sit and to put our things and was surprised to see a lack of chairs and such for the amount of people in the park. Finally, we found 2 chairs and a little table. At least I could sit down and put the baby's carrier on the table. My daughter took the 2 younger girls over to the counter to get life jackets and was gone more than 30 minutes. When she returned she told me, the water park didn't have enough jackets they had to wait in line for jackets to be returned and then doled out. You'd think a place like that would have a very large supply of jackets. With jackets on the girls were gone in an instant to the different areas of the park. After awhile both girls came back complaining they could go in the jacuzzi. A man asked how old they were and they told him they were 6 and they were told they were too young. We later found out 6 was the cut off age for the jacuzzi. They could have gone in. All in all the girls had a good time at the water park until it came time to eat. I'm not sure of the prices of the other food, but I had a chili hot dog and it was $6. Six dollars for a warm dog and cold chili with nacho cheese poured on it. On the way out of the water park I picked up a brochure that advertised the water park and it said it was 80 degrees every day. I can tell you it was not 80 degrees in the water park. I later asked the girls about the water and the 3 of them said it was cold. In fact, the one always had blue lips everything she came out of the water.
We were at the water park for 3 hours and what made us leave was the action of a particular guest. There was another little girl there who was going around pushing and shoving other kids. My granddaughter was shoved into a pool and suffered scrapes on the tops of both feet and one knee. Since they the scrapes were bleeding we decided to leave. Back in the hotel room the kids started comparing stories about the girl who had pushed the hurt one and it seemed each one had met with a similar fate with her. My daughter had to run over to Wal-Mart to buy band aids.
The next morning we got up and went to the free breakfast provided for hotel guests. I'm glad it was for free. Everything was cold; eggs, potatoes, sausage. The cheese provided as a topping wouldn't even melt. The only bright spot was when they ran out of Fruit Loops cereal, a worker quickly went and got more for my granddaughter. The kids enjoyed the breakfast very much. They got their fill of cereal and my one granddaughter was in 7th heaven over the bagels. She ate 3!
Finally we got checked out of the hotel. We had plans to return later in the afternoon to the waterpark after a day of shopping; but after shopping and thinking about the not so great time we had there, we elected to find a grassy area with trees and let the kids run around there for the time being until Dad was available and finished with his work and available to go out to dinner. The kids actually had more fun running around in the grass and the baby was able to be out of his carrier and it was for free. When we told the oldest child she could come back in June for her birthday, she said no thanks. So even a 9 going on 10 year old knew the water park was that great of a deal.
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