This was a great place to go with our family and friends. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. My husband and I took our children (ages 10 months and 3.5 yrs) and met up with another couple and their 4 year old.
The water park was a lot of fun. The slides were great. I wish there were slides for adults to ride with little ones under 42 inches on their lap. There are little kid slides and then two slides that adventurous toddlers can go on and then there are the big slides. The wave pool had huge waves and my son loved it. He also loved swimming around in the other pool and jumping across the lilypads. He tried one of the big slides once but was too scared to go a second time. He enjoyed the kiddy pool as well. It was clean inside the waterpark, which I was surprised by because families could eat pizza and other fast food items from their concession anywhere. They have tables and chairs around the entire place. It was very busy, even when we were there Monday-Thursday but there always seemed to be one table free for us. The bathrooms could use a bit more attention sometimes but they were still cleaner than most public amusement park type places I've been to. I felt safe with the lifeguards. Looks like they have been trained to overly accentuate their movements when checking the pool. They have a specific routine for each area and stick to it. Of course they missed things once and awhile and maybe they try to hard to look like they are checking the pool and can't actually check it. Several people were annoyed by the rules. My husband didn't like that he couldn't throw our son up in the pool and another father was annoyed he couldn't sit his kid on this raised area in the pool and have him jump into the water into his arms. I wish there was another pool for these type of activities.
The rooms were perfectly fine as expected. The bathrooms could be a bit bigger I guess but it didn't bother us. They have fridges and microwaves so we bought food from Safeway for snacks and lunches. For breakfast, we went to the buffet twice. It cost us 20 dollars each time because we added it on to our reservation and kids 3 and under are free. That was a great price. It was good and exactly as I suspected. I did not expect 4 kinds of doughnuts and candy fixins for the yogurt and deep fried cocktail weenies but we laughed and indeed tried all of those items. There is a made to order egg station and a do-it-yourself toast area. I appreciated the porridge and fresh fruit. We had pizza, spaghetti and meatballs, and salad for dinner one night from Hungry as a Wolf. It was good too. It fed our entire group. The prices for the pasta dishes seemed a little high but it wasn't outrageous.
The Magiquest/Shawdowquest games were fun too. For our little guys, we just bought the wands for under 20 bucks. It was free to use them throughout the resort without the game. Items would light up, talk to you, open, etc. There is a lot more money to be spent but we didn't feel the need. Our friend bought us a simple cape and we bought the 4 dollar wolf ears. Not all of the items worked. A couple treasure chests were broken and wouldn't open. The wands would stop working but we realized the top just needed to be tightened. We talked to one father who wasn't impressed because the batteries had died and they didn't sell the batteries in the hotel. We thought that was really too bad. I'm not sure how long they had been playing before the batteries died but if it was less than the time it takes to complete the game I'd feel it was a rip off. Ours didn't die on our 3 day trip.
We found the hotel to be pretty quiet despite all the children running around. The common areas would get crazy with families and noise but as soon as you went down the halls to the rooms, it was quiet. Some kids were up late and running around but it was a vacation. It didn't bother us.
The staff were all incredibly friendly. We didn't encounter anyone that was unhappy. Everyone was happy to be there and happy to help us. This includes staff at the front desk, magiquest store, arcade, all the restaurants, gift shop, forest game, elements spa, swim shop, and the lifeguards and cleaning staff. We were always told to enjoy our stay or have a nice day. They offered us help and tips and said hello to us before we said it to them. Only one staff member in one of the shops didn't say anything to us when we walked in and looked around but we can overlook that when everyone else was amazing and accommodating.
The Great forest challenge game was overpriced. 10 dollars per person. The fog machine was broken so we played for 5 dollars. I wouldn't have paid 10 but 5 was reasonable. It was fun though there were some glitches. The other glitches being the sensors that were off when we were throwing the balls at the mushrooms and not knowing if we ever successfully went through the lasers. The mini-golf was a bit disappointing for 6 dollars a person. We didn't realize there were only 9 holes. The arcade didn't have a lot for our kids to do. We think there are too many games centred around getting tickets.
Summary: You don't have to spend a lot of extra money here to have fun. The location between two bigger towns is convenient and we recommend getting some snacks from a grocery store. The water park was a lot of fun for our younger kids and the adults enjoyed the bigger slides too. We will be recommending this place to our friends with young kids and we will be returning too.
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- Great Wolf Hotel Centralia
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