We visited the Lodge on a Friday and Saturday night in August with 2 kids, age 7 and 8. The hotel is definitely Disney-esque in terms of it's mountain theme, large plastic animals perched here and there on fake scenery, decorative trash cans, etc. When we arrived, it was pouring down rain so we used valet. It is $20 or so, but they were always fast and when it stopped raining it was about 100 degrees so worth every penny to us. The parking lot, like many of them in Texas and suburbia, is huge and sprawling.
The lobby was packed and there was a significant line for check-in. I agree with another post that mentioned the kid and family friendly wrist bands for room entry and charged - we did not even need a locker at the pool, preferring to take a risk with someone stealing our flip flops at the waterpark (they did not). The hotel has a large supply of free luggage carts which is a nice plus if you are carting in a variety of things from the parking lot.
After waiting in line to check in, we headed to the elevator to WAIT IN ANOTHER LINE. There are not nearly enough elevators for a hotel this size, especially considering that you must take an elevator to get to the rooms and the waterpark. It was a disaster - at least 10-15 people in line every time we needed to go up to our room. Once you arrive at your floor, be prepared to make a long trek to your room - the elevators are in the middle of two very long hallways.
We stayed in a wolf den room so our kids had a bunk bed and their own TV. The wall in the wold den has a cute wolf mural on it - the kids thought it was very exciting. Other that that, the room was very much like a holiday inn. It was clean, the bed was fine and they had a coffee maker with cups and fixings.
The arcade, build-a-bear and food court is on the way to the waterpark on the first floor. The entire area is chaotic and crowded. I was so glad I did not purchase the package that gives you the arcade tokens, stuffed wolf, spa stuff, etc. because we hated this part of the hotel. Way too many people. The build a bear place is literally out in the hallway - simply too much going on in too small of a space. When you get to the waterpark, there is a huge bin of thin towels that you can grab on your way in. There was plenty of seating when we were there, despite the crowds. Be prepared to be breathe the sweet smell of chlorine non-stop. You can't escape it. There are two nice restrooms on each end of the waterpark but I am sad to say that the few times I went, I was the only one in there -- making me shudder at where the 500 kids that were in the waterpark were going to the restroom! Yikes! We were in town to visit family so we were only at the park each day from 5 - 9 pm and I have to say, that was plenty of time for my crew. They enjoyed the lazy river, wave pool, and water slides the most. Dad enjoyed the bar at the far end of the park - serving beer, wine and alcohol. After the noise, the chlorine and the exhaustion of trying to keep up with our children, the bar was a welcome sight. Being able to use your wristband to pay made it even better!
Finally, my kids did not do the magic wand search. We were not at the hotel long enough but if we had a full day there, we would have had to get them. It is clearly a retail boon for the hotel and they market it like crazy. There is a tv program that plays on an endless loop that is like an info-mercial for the wands, plus you children see other kids with the wands in the hallways, etc.. Good luck to other parents --I am betting it is hard to escape this purchase.
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