The provide towels upon entry and you return them. Take at least two per person. They are small and thin. You can always go back whenever and get more.
Table and chairs can be tough to come by. If you find one, make it obvious it’s yours. We didn’t really hang out there, used it mainly as a homebase.
Water Slides: (Note: the pictures on the website do no match the poconos water park for all rides. It is clear that some of them are for other water parks of great wolf lodge locations.)
I found the signs confusing. As did others. We often saw people waiting on a line only to find out they had the wrong number of people to ride, or a child who was too small. It wasn’t clear, when there were two options on a staircase, which line was for which slide. Just ask others and they can fill you in. But the park could make it easier by placing more signs that clearly spell out these things.
The slides in the back (front of the two staircases) that use tubes: all can be with one or two riders. You bring up the tube you want to use.
When you go up the stairs you go left for Alberta Falls. There is one slide for kids under 12 riding alone, and another for either one or two person tubes. Note: there are skylights that provide moments of light. At night it will all be in darkness. The lines for this move more quickly as it is for three slides.
When you go up the stairs you go right for Coyote Cannon, aka the toilet bowl. The lines for this move slower as it is for one slide only.
There is a high staircase behind the tube one in which you do not carry your tubes. The tubes are transported via an escalator system.
The right line moves more quickly as it is for the River Canyon and Double Barrel. The River Canyon holds up to four people of any age. The Double Barrel is more scary and holds two people only and I think there is a height requirement but I am not sure.
The left line moves more slowly and is for two people only, for Hydro Plunge. There is also a height requirement for this.
Last are the totem towers at Fort Mackenzie. These are tube free slides and the lines go quickly and never seemed to build. They are fast and not very scary but still fun. You have to walk through the water play area of fort Mackenzie to get up to the slides.
The wave pool: This was closed the first two days we were here. We are not sure why. When we checked in we were not informed. It would have been nice to let us know. Luckily it opened on our last morning. You can bring single tubes in here.
The hot tubs: there is a family one and adult only one.
The Chinook Cove activity Pool: Just a pool with basketball nets and a couple of floats made to look like large pieces of tree but my kids loved this area. This became the place we use as our home base because they loved playing basketball. Sometimes a simple pool is all you need.
Big Foot Pass: right next to it is a pool that you cross using ropes and floaties. My kids loved this as well. Lines move quickly and never build and they did it again and again.
Lazy River: Fun for single or double tubes….wish they didn’t let people in without tubes….felt like we could knock over little ones just swimming through….felt they should have been stricter about this.
We did not play in any of the really young play areas but passing by and looking at them? A family with young kids could have a ball in there. Makes me wish I had visited when we they were younger.
Pros: fun fun fun! We loved the park and found there was a good variety of fun to be had. Water temp is good, air temp usually good (cooler on ground level,hot on the slide stairs) lifeguards are attentive, ride attendants are attentive and friendly
Cons: towels are small and thin, needs more chairs and tables, needs more clarity in signs for slides, a brochure with a map and ride description would be a great idea
Tips: best hours of the day are 9-11 am and 7-9 PM, worst seems to be 12 to 5. In the future we may bring our own towels and hang them over the heaters in the room to dry. We even talked about bringing a folding laundry drying rack for this purpose. I did not like the Great Wolf towels. Make sure you bring a cover or shirt to wear back to the room. Most people are barefoot on the park, but you can wear water shoes. Hit the slides whenever the lines are short (we rode a lot from 9 to 10 am) and then do other things. Grab extra towels, especially at the end of the day. Both nights they ran out and we had to go back for towels.
Bathrooms in water park: we did not visit the changing rooms, just the bathrooms. They are large enough for the crowds, never a wait, and very clean….BUT….they are freezing. They must be less than 65 degrees. I cannot believe how cold they are. Biting. If you can get back to your room to go, it might be worth it. Wow was it cold. Bring you parka.
Food and Drink at the park: They do sell beer and adult beverages at a bar near the wave pool. They sell typical theme park food and beer as well at the snack shop. You can also go just inside the door to the pizza hit express/bakery/ice cream parlor or bring pack pizza from the Hungry Like a Wolf Pizza Place.
Cost: tickets are included with the room. Food is comparable with theme park food. We brought water and snacks from our room. (I did see someone buy a bottle of water, though, and it came to over $3. We brought a case of water from home for the same price.)
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