If you plan properly, this has the potential to be an amazing vacation. We booked online during spring break and since our week doesn’t fall on the week of PA's spring break, we got a fabulous deal. You have to book a hotel room and the water park passes are included so there aren’t any hidden fees. We arrived early on a Thursday morning, walked right up to the desk with no wait and they got us right into a room before check in time even though you could tell the place was booked solid. An hour later I went down with a question and the line looked an hour long, so we may have just gotten lucky. I was able to pay for stuff with my debit card but you can only open a line of spending on the electronic water proof wristband using a credit card. The room was a plain two double bed suite with a pull out couch. So me and five tweens fit perfect. We could see the special cave rooms as you walked down the hall if the door was open and they looked cool but you don’t spend much time in the room so I wouldn’t pay the extra dollars. The super huge rooms looked nice though with a full kitchenette. If we were staying an extended period of time, I may have paid for that. Inside the room was a microwave and minifridge, two TVs and a fireplace with a balcony overlooking the woods. You don’t have to go outside to get to the water park. The place has multiple shops which you can buy food, masseuse services, souvenirs etc but everything costs so so so much money. You could easily spend thousands of dollars in a day. However, we brought a cooler with sandwich makers, a few cheap TV dinners, lots of drinks and instant oatmeal so I didn’t spend anything on food except an ice cream or two. The place is very noisy even after the water park closes, but surprisingly we didn’t hear much in our room. There were always clean dry towels available, not always folded because they go through thousands a day. It was difficult to find a chair but if you looked around for a bit you could always find one, never a group of them but I was the only one sitting. Everything is wet which means don’t bring anything electronic into the place cause you can’t set it down. The temperature was perfect for swimsuits in and out, wet or dry. The lines were always long but they didn’t take too long to get through them because they have multiple entrances for each slide. I felt safe letting my 9 and 11 year old run wild after they knew where I would be and didn’t fear them getting lost or anything. Every time I looked for them, I found them within minutes. I gave one of the teenagers a door key because they were too cool to stay in the water as long as the younger ones. They said they got bored, but it was better than staying home since I let them bring a friend to gossip with. Upon check out, it was easy to load up the car and stay in the water park until I wanted to leave so I wasn’t driving in the dark. There was a basic craft room which was free when the little ones got bored in the water. There was also a large arcade that was open very late they enjoyed, nice enough to bribe them with quarters to behave. There are a few attractions like build/race model cars, teen dance club and a baby manicure place that looks so cool I wish I was 10 again. They begged and begged to buy all of these but I didn’t give in because the prices were not worth it. However, this area was down a corridor we didn’t have to use so they only asked once instead of every time we passed. There really isn’t anything close to the lodge except a gas station and a few mom&pop shops so if you forget something you have to drive a half hour to the next town's Wal-Mart. The biggest negative is that the park is very very chlorinated and we ended up leaving with it in our lungs and burnt skins only after the one night stay. Take frequent showers and use aloe or something to protect your skin.
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Scotrun
- Great Wolf Resort