As many others have mentioned, this is geared for kids, it is not a luxury resort, but it isn't a Motel 6 either. The lobby is impressive - the entire decor really does the "Lodge" theme up nicely. We arrived on a Saturday around 1 pm, stood in line about 10 minutes, but checked in fine, and our room was available already.
We had the KidCabin, which is a queen bed, a little alcove with bunk beds and a daybed, and a fold out couch. For our family of 2 adults and 3 kids ages 6-8, this was perfect. My only request would have been a door on the kids' area. The beds were a bit hard, but nothing we couldn't sleep on. The A/C worked fine, and there was a mini-fridge and microwave that worked ok. My only complaint was that the lighting was terrible, even for a hotel room. The bulbs were so dim, I could not read comfortably even sitting right next to it.
We spent the first afternoon in the indoor waterpark. The chlorine was strong, and by the end of the day our eyes were burning. But the temp was good, and it was clean. Even though there were a lot of people, there were only short lines, and you didn't feel "crowded".
The next day, we had the breakfast buffet at the Loose Moose Cottage - we bought a package when we made our reservations, and for our family it was $40. Full price would have been $54.75. We thought the buffet was great! We had the made-to-order omelets, biscuits and gravy, fruit, and they will make waffles to order if you ask them.
We hit the outdoor park, which opened at 10 am, and had a great time. It tends to feel more crowded to me, but by noon we were done with the sun anyway, so we moved inside. Throughout the water park, I was *extremely* impressed with the lifeguards - they were very alert, attentive, and actively doing their jobs, but they were polite and we didn’t witness any “powertrips”.
You can stay at the waterpark all day the day you check out, but I never saw any locker rooms, just restrooms. Obviously, the floors were wet, and it didn't look like a great place to try to change clothes.
We ate dinner at the Camp Critter Grill, but that was disappointing. The lemonade and sodas were watered down, and the menu was very short - not much to offer. The food was just so-so - we'd have done better to go off site. There are several restaurants and fast-food places nearby. We ate at the PizzaHut Express onsite - 3 individual pizzas were about $18 - not cheap, but about what we expected. 24 oz Gatorades at the pool snack bar were $3 each.
My kids did the MagiQuest thing and had a blast. It is pricey - $20 something for the wand and another $15 to load the game, but worth it in my opinion. I could have done without climbing 47 flights of stairs over 3 days, but the kids were having a great time! My recommendation would be to do it before the waterparks close, because then the lines for various “quests” get longer.
The gift shop was not horrible on prices - a beautiful adult T-shirt was $25. The swim shop was a bit pricier - kids swim goggles were $8, but the employees there were extremely helpful. There is also a "Sweet Shop" downstairs with excellent ice cream. Don't bother with the fudge, though.
Overall, we had a wonderful time, and would definitely go back again!
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