Me, my spouse and our three children, four and under, spent a week (6 nights) at the Glacier Canyon Lodge the last week of August. We chose this week because most kids were getting back to school and prefer smaller crowds. It worked out perfectly since the cost was a little less expensive that week as well.
We booked a two-bedroom deluxe condo. The room was clean and spacious for our family of five. The kitchen was nicely stocked with cups, dishes, cookware and utensils. The bedrooms were comfortable and the living room was clean and modern. We knew going in that housekeeping would only do a complete service of the room on the fourth day of your visit, so we didn't expect the cleaning crew each day to clean and make the beds; bath towels and garbage, however, were serviced each day of our stay. We received a room that overlooked the rear of the property, which gave us a serene view of the forest preserve and horse trails. The grounds were very well maintained and clean. The resort was at about half to three quarters capacity, which seemed jut right as far as being able to get chairs at the indoor and outdoor pools as well as getting on all of the rides. Although it was busy, it was not overcrowded. All the indoor and outdoor pools were open during our entire stay. We cooked all of our meals, with the exception of breakfast, in our room. The local Wal-Mart is about ten minutes away, so it was easy to stock up on food and adult beverages. For breakfast we did the buffet at the Wild Canyon Cafe. The pricing was as expected for a resort and the food was typical of any decent buffet style restaurant. We all enjoyed it and the kids were happy with the choices.
As far as the walking from pool area to pool area we didn't have a problem. We were in building two of the GC Lodge which is two buildings away from the skywalk leading to the main resort area. Everything is clearly marked and signs directed you on where to go. We actually enjoyed the walking. The kids liked the view from the skywalk and it felt to them like crossing a big bridge across the jungle (the area around the skywalk is wooded with a creek that runs through). All of the pool areas were within ten minutes one way or the other, plus we got to explore parts of the resort we wouldn't have otherwise. We ended up finding a small inexpensive pottery painting store in the New Frontier section of the resort, a little past Klondike Kavern, which the kids loved. They painted their pottery (pre-cast designs - many to choose from), which then had to be put in a kiln to be baked, and it was ready the next day for pick up. The kids proudly display their art in their rooms.
Out of all the pools our favorite indoor pool was the Wild Water Dome and our favorite outdoor pool was the Lost World Waterpark, which has the neatest lazy river I have ever seen; it is huge with multi-levels. All of the pool areas were kept at comfortable temperatures, although the indoor pools were humid at times, and provided people of all ages a large variety of things to do and rides to go on. I actullay like the way the Wilderness has everything spread out a little. It gave us something different to look forward to each day.
This was our first stay in the Dells, so we were torn on what resort to book. After looking at the most popular we naroowed our choices down to two, the Kalahari and the Glacier Canyon Lodge. After spending the week in the Dells we were glad of our choice. We did take the time to visit the Kalahari just down the road. It was a nice faciity, but layed out closer and seemed tighter than the Wilderness Properties. The other thing we didn't like about the Kalahari is that it sat right along the highway and had this industrial feel about it. The Glacier Canyon and the Wilderness property felt a little more open and surrounded by nature.
Hopefully this review has been helpful. We are looking forward to returning August of 2009!
The Sundara Spa was gorgeous and relaxing, a bit expensive, but well worth it. I was completely relaxed after my four hour session. I didn't want to leave. They provided a free towncar to pick you up and drop you off bewteen locations, which was a plus.
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