Our girls are 8, 5, and 10 months, so I basically stayed with the baby and my husband had the other 2. I was expecting everything to be much more "babyish", but it was actually geared more for my 8 year old. We used a promotion code when we made reservations and got a discount, but there were no other discounts at the time since it was holiday prices, so you might get a better deal. We got the Wolf Den room. It was plenty big for us and had a room for the girls with a bunk bed and a tv. The den isn't completely closed in, and there's no door, so it's not exactly a separate room, but they loved having their own space. I highly recommend that you bring lots of snacks and drinks with you. Your room has a microwave and dorm sized refrigerator, so we had chips, capri suns, popcorn, and lots of lunchables. During the winter after everyone gets out of the water, it is REALLY hard to leave the resort to go out to eat somewhere, and the food is pretty pricy at the 2 restaurants there. There's also a Pizza Hut by the water park, which we didn't try. Also, there's a spa inside and a kids spa called "Scoops" where they can get pedicures and manicures with sprinkles and "icing." They get booked up days ahead, so if you are interested, you might want to call ahead and make an appointment. We were disappointed we didn't get to try this, so we're going to call ahead next time! Another thing is you might ask for a room on the 1st floor. The water park/arcade is on the 1st floor so you don't have to keep taking stairs/elevators. The 2nd floor was the lobby floor/restaurants/ gift shop. The top floor was the floor where the kids use these magic wands you have the option of buying. It's like a video game atmosphere where they can wave this little wooden wands around and make crystals light up, etc., and go to a channel in their room to see their points. We didn't do this because it looked like too much money for what it was, but there were a LOT of kids running around with wands. Think Tinker Bell magic as opposed to Harry Potter. At night in the lobby they had a story time with a robotic set (like Chuckie Cheese). I thought it was really boring and lame, and very much a "Mother Earth", Native American theme, and didn't enjoy it at all. But at the end they started singing "Let it Snow" and it snowed in the lobby on all the kids. They really liked that part, and that's all they remembered about it, but just wanted to warn you. After that a "Wolf" (again think high school game mascot) comes out and does story time. We left before the story, but I could hear parts of it about being green/recycling/ preserving nature, etc.
Overall, the kids really really enjoyed the water park. It is huge, and feels really safe. There is an area for small children (probably under 5) with 4 very small water slides and fountains. They can touch in this entire pool. And then there's a wave pool that is a gradual pool (beach style) that goes to 4 feet. The lazy river was colder than the rest of the pools, but I think it's because the water slides empty into it. But my 5 yo could touch all around in it also. There's 2 medium very tame water slides that my 5 yo did by herself numerous times. And then there's I think 3 bigger water slides that use rafts and have tubes in parts. One was a family waterslide. I didn't do these, but my husband said they were a lot of fun. Then there's 2 more pools for older kids to play basketball, etc. Oh, and I hear there's a hot tub that I didn't get to use! :)You get to use the waterpark on the day you check in (even if your room's not yet available) and every day including all day the day you check out. There are changing rooms/showers in the water park. You don't use keys, you use the bracelets that you wear your entire stay, so make sure that they are on good, but not so tight that you can't stand to sleep in them. When you hold your bracelet in front of the door it unlocks. I was reading that you can even use your bracelet in stores to charge things to your room.Also, be prepared to bring cover-ups and flip flops/water shoes. They want everyone to be covered up in the halls, and you don't bring your towels with you. Babies have to have Little Swimmers. And they have lots of life jackets there for kids who are not strong swimmers. You're not allowed to bring in your own floats. Oh, and don't bother bringing towels into the water park. They have towels in the park that you use and don't let you bring them out. But I did see people with snacks in the water park. We never bothered renting a locker. People just laid all their things at a table, and we never had any problems. Overall it is a very family friendly atmosphere, and they have rooms to accommodate very large families. It is a bit costly, but if you can go during the week or during a promotion it's not that bad considering you get the water park included.
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