My daughter received an offer to attend an alumni weekend at Great Wolf Lodge, and asked mom and dad to tag along. I was hesitant after reading some of the reviews, but my fears were eased after our arrival. Check in was easy, and even though there were no upgrades available due to being sold out for the weekend, the front desk was able to give us a room on the 4th floor when asked. We had a family suite, and it was quite roomy, and clean. There were two queen beds, which were comfy for for sleeping, although the sheets/covers seemed barely adequate for a late winter stay. There was only a thin coverlet sandwiched between the sheets, and no bedspread or duvet cover. The sheets felt "short" and I was forced to move towards the foot of the bed to get decent coverage with the covers and I never felt warm enough with the sheets/covers on the bed. There is a microwave and a dorm size fridge in the room, but it did not have a freezer compartment. That being said, almost everything we put in our particular fridge got very cold, and the beverages were even slushy. There were no visible controls on the fridge to try and remedy this, so we ended up moving a lot of our items into a hard side cooler to keep the drinks from spilling over after opening by being too cold. Overall, we found the room large enough for our party (3 adults 1 child, age 6), and like most others have mentioned, the bathroom is on the small side, but very functional.
The waterpark was initially a bit overwhelming for our 6 year old grandson, but he soon discovered all that it had to offer, and he had a blast! When we had our "down time", he kept begging to go back to the waterpark, and hated leaving when it was time to go. We tried most of the different slides, and attractions, and found that overall, the lifeguard/staff does a great job in being attentive, and ensuring guests have a fun, safe time. The only niggle we discovered was on our trips in the "lazy river", many kids and adults, were using it to race around the loop, without using the rafts, which took away from the intended "lazy" affect we were going after. Definitely not relaxing, but it was still OK.
We had dinner in the Gitchygoomie Grill, and had a wonderful meal, and the service was outstanding. We discovered the next day, that the Coors Light on tap, we had the night before, was not Coors Light, according the to head bartender who served us the next day. He insisted, that they have not had Coors Light on tap for several weeks. Hmmmm....not sure what we had in those tall mugs...but again, it was OK. Just not what we ordered. Not the end of the world.
My daughter purchased the pup pass for our grandson, and we found this to be a great value. He received his choice of their version of a build a bear type stuffed animal, wolf ears, ice cream, points for the arcade, and a color your own t-shirt or pillowcase. He loved all his goodies.
We visited the arcade, and found it quite entertaining. There was even one game, where we all could play at the same time, by throwing balls at the screen to score points. With 5 of us throwing, we racked up some good points (and tickets!) And speaking of tickets, keep your eyes open for tickets that are left behind in the machines, or dropped on the floor. We found a bunch like this. One of the attendants, even let my Grandson have a free play on one of the claw machine games, which he loved, even though he didn't win. (does anyone ever win?)
All in all, it was a great trip. When I asked my grandson what he liked better, Great Wolf Lodge or Disney (which we did less than a year ago), he replied Great Wolf! lol. Of course, children are much more "in the moment" than adults are, and I know he had a great time, but not sure that Disney should be worried. We just got home a few hours ago, and he is already conked out for the night, before 6:30 p.m.! Back to reality tomorrow.....
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- Also Known As:
- Great Bear Lodge Sandusky
- Great Wolf Lodge Sandusky, Ohio
- Great Wolf Hotel Sandusky
- Great Wolf Sandusky
- Great Wolf Lodge Ohio