This resort has two parts -- the Wilderness Resort which is a hotel and the Wyndham timeshare part which I think as of right now is only building 6. That building sits alongside the outdoor pool/waterpark with the river on the other side.
This is the best Wyndham Club resort that I've stayed in so far -- better than Bonnet Creek in my opinion which is their flagship.
-- The building and units are practically brand new. They're modern and have all the amenities you need.
-- The water park is fantastic. The indoor part has four main waterslides, two kids play areas, a wave pool and a surfing machine.
-- The indoor park includes my all-time favorite water ride ever -- Storm Chaser. Don't read about it, just experience it.
-- There's a big outdoor pool with a long lazy river and a small wave pool. There are outdoor cabanas.
-- The water parks are free if you stay there. The outdoor pool closes at 8pm (summer) and the indoor park closes at 10pm.
-- Next to the outdoor pool is a mini golf course that is open at night.
-- The buildings on the hill have another outdoor water park with a free shuttle.
-- There are two grocery stores nearby -- Kroger and Food Lion.
-- Lots of fast food restaurants are also near.
-- Frozen drinks: Sno cones at the outdoor pool, Slush Puppies at the indoor store.
-- Free wifi and free parking!
-- Check in was fast and the front desk people were incredibly friendly. There was never a line.
-- The people in this resort were so friendly. The maintenance man in our building was constantly looking out for guests. The housekeeping people had smiles on their faces and jumped to help when needed. We can't say enough about how exceptional the people are at this resort.
-- It's far from Gatlinburg and most of the tourist attractions. It took about 30 minutes to get to Dollywood and about 45 minutes to Gatlinburg. You can take the Gatlinburg bypass to get to the mountains faster.
-- There's no real view. You can see the outline of mountains in the distance.
-- The resort has one store and it's for hotel guests, not timeshare people who want to cook. For example, we ran out of butter and couldn't get any. So plan in advance.
-- Food and service at Thirsty Miner were not good. You're better off driving 5 minutes to eat better and cheaper food.
-- The lines at the water park can get long.
-- There's very little ventilation in the indoor water park. That is surprising because it's the middle of the hot summer. It gets sauna hot in there. But worse, the smell of chemicals and chlorine is overpowering. We had to take our kids outside several times because we felt dizzy. Then we all has slight nausea for the next 24-36 hours. I noticed that another reviewer posted something similar. It's really a dangerous situation that they should review. They should open doors or windows in the summer. And in the winter they should pump in fresh air. This is not a safe situation for an otherwise fantastic park and resort.
-- Get there early when you check in. Even if your room is not available you can use the water park all day.
-- Take the back roads. There are a lot of them. If you have a nav system, you might want to look at alternate routes. The main roads get jammed.
-- Go to the water park first thing in the morning. There are no lines then and you can ride the "tube" rides over and over as many times as you can run up the stairs. The line later in the day is about 30 minutes for Stormchaser.
-- The Canyon ride and Stormchaser are on the same stairs but the line for Canyon is always smaller. If you stay to the left you can usually run almost all the way up.
-- Go on the tube rides at night. Stormchaser is a very different experience at night.
-- Be sure to stop at the visitors center to get maps and tips before starting out.
-- The Krystal burger outlet five minutes away is brand new and has lots of options.
-- If you're in building 6 there's a shortcut to the indoor water park. Go to the far end of the building near the water park. Then take the elevator down to the first floor. Walk straight out the door. To the right you'll see a small sidewalk that leads to the golf check in counter next to the pool. If you take a left you're inside the water park. You can do the same in reverse as long as you have your key to get back in. This saves about a ten minute walk.
I highly recommend this resort. If you're not a Wyndham timeshare owner, you're probably paying too much to stay on the other side.
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