We stayed on the Saturday night of Memorial Day weekend. Though like others, we encountered a few kinks, I highly recommend Great Wolf Lodge for families. The fact is, this place is wonderful for kids of any age and there's nothing else like this in the Northwest.
The waterpark was great fun, even though we experienced it as crowded as it likely will ever get. For folks staying over Saturday night, I recommend NOT arriving early as the crowds peaked Saturday afternoon (I assume because of Friday night holdovers), and were much lighter Saturday evening and Sunday morning.
They also do a good job providing ancillary distractions for the children, most notably the MagiQuest game, which was some adventure that involves kids traipsing throughout the hotel with a magic wand and various animated animals, wizards and treasure chests. But be prepared as the wand and game costs a minimum of $25 per kid, and more if the kid wants to upgrade their wand.
Food was better than I expected from these reviews, perhaps on par with Red Robin and Old Country Buffet (we're not talking fine dining here). Prices we're about what I would expect.
As for the glitches, we got there at 1pm and our room wasn't ready until after 5pm, and I had to wait in line three times before I got them to agree that I could call periodically instead of waiting in line over and over. Service was spotty at the restaurants, and the waterpark changing rooms and nearby lockers were poorly designed to handle crowds.
Of course, their hotel prices are not cheap, but remember what you are paying for -- hotel, waterpark admission, access (e.g., on-site Disney hotels are more expensive). Though you are paying Bellagio+ prices, don't go in expecting Bellagio service or refinement and you should have as a great a time as we did.
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- Also Known As:
- Great Wolf Hotel Centralia
- Great Wolf Resort
- Great Wolf Lodge Washington/Centralia