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Monday, June 30, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge

I will call this a review of Great Wolf Lodge, but I have to say, I am biased.  Everything worked out fabulously for my sister and I and the triplets.

We got to the lodge at about 11:30 and I went in with confirmation number in hand and by 11:40, I had our room number and we went back to the car to get all our stuff and get to our room.  We were on the 5th floor of the lodge.  I honestly didn't get enough pictures of the whole place - it really is a great weekend or weekday getaway!

We went on Wednesday and Thursday thinking that two midweek days would be less crowded and we were right!  At checkin we were given our two day bands for both water parks and the rope park.  The room was perfect for five people; two double beds and a pull out couch.  Microwave, refrigerator, coffee pot, and safe are standard and we used everything.  I had read reviews on line in advance and they were not good because the place had just opened a month ago, but it was not actually ready!   I knew the restaurants needed help, so we brought a ton of food and snacks for our meals.  Once we got to our room, we made lunch, got into our bathing suits and decided to check out the water parks.  There are two of them, so we went to the first one and it contained a kids play area, a lazy river, three slides (two were used with tubes and one was just a body tube), a regular pool with basketball hoops and leap frog area, the hot tub and outside kids play area.

The trips really enjoyed the area and had a lot of fun, but we knew we wanted to see the other park also.  So we walked across the hallway (literally) and we went  to the second park.  This park had the raft ride, a "toilet bowl" ride, a one man drop, a wave pool and another kid area with slides and water guns.  This one had a hamburger restaurant also that we did not use.

About every 10 minutes, the wolves would start howling and the wave pool would start  a wave session - sometime they were straight waves, sometimes they were Hawaiian big waves, sometimes, they were rolling waves and sometimes they were just crazy!   The trips loved the wave pool.  We literally had to drag them out to try the other areas.   They were all not tall enough for the toilet bowl ride, so we did the raft ride....I ended up going down backwards the whole time and got sick!  Not a fun way to end the afternoon, but oh well.....LOL!   My sister did the ride where you stand in a tube and the bottom drops out from under you and you go down the single rider tube - I could never do that!!

We spent more time at the wave pool and then decided to go back to the room to dry off, change and go to the rope park.  Bruno was able to do it alone, but I went with Cassidy - let me tell you, it was scary being two stories high and walking and holding on for dear life.

 Carla bought tickets for the arcade, bowling and mini golf.  So we spent the next three hours doing all these activities.....I didn't get pictures again!  There was just so much!!  The kids had a ball playing in the arcade - there are so many games.  All your tickets that you win at the games, goes back on your card and by the end of the two days, we had over 900 tickets, so the kids were able to get a couple of prizes each.  I bought a pizza for the room - it was relatively inexpensive and we went up stairs about 8:00 to eat.  At 8:15 is story time and they have an area in the lobby that comes alive with characters that are animatronic and also some real characters.  We met Wiley and Violet on this vacation.

After story time, it was time for bed.  We were exhausted!

I will continue with day two tomorrow!

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