Monday, December 29, 2014

Great Wolf Lodge ~ My Favorite Trip of the Year!!!

My Favorite Trip of 2014!

This past week I was able to spend two fantastic days with my three bestest friends! Caleb ~ Isa ~ Davey! We were off to Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells!  If you were ever wondering about taking a trip and staying at a Great Wolf Lodge location......

We had a BLAST!  From the minute we walked in the front doors of the lodge our adventure began. We arrived about one hour before check-in.  I told the kids we might not be able to register - that was not the case.  The lady was extremely nice told me our room would be ready in a few minutes. She asked for my cell phone number so that she could give me a call when the room was ready.  She also told me if we liked we could change clothes and enjoy the waterpark.  The kids eyes lite up right away.  We decided to spend our waiting time checking out the lodge. We took our map and found the inside and outside waterparks right away. Visited each restaurant and for sure checked out the gift shop. 
Within about 15 minutes my phone rang - the lady on the phone was very nice and informed me of our room number.  
When we opened the door to our room we could not have been more pleased!  We had a family suite with fireplace. Perfect for this bunch!  Living in Wisconsin you never know when you will need a fireplace. Sure enough the first night the temps dropped and we turned it on to warm up the room! 
Two queen beds ~ two TV's ~ couch ~ chairs ~ outside patio with table & chairs ~ fridge ~ Microwave ~ coffee pot .... lots of room! As you can see in the pic...Davey right away has his Wolf Ears on and he is changing his clothes for the waterpark! Caleb has picked his bed for the stay! Isa is in the bathroom getting her swimsuit on. 
For this stay each of the kids received a PAW PASS. I personality would recommend this for all families.  PERFECT way to save $$$$ and control cost for your trip. There is so much included in the PAW PASS that all three kids were totally happy!  YEP! ALL THREE!  Ages 13 - 10 - 5!!!  That is a feat in itself!  The Paw Pass is a addon you can purchase for each child. Great Wolf offers two different passes - PAW PASS and CUB PASS.  
Their PAW PASS included......MagiQuest or ShadowQuest Game - Wand or Topper or Belt for the game - Great Wolf Creation - Mike & Ike Candy Cup - Water Goggles - Glitter Tattoo - Ice Cream - Sports Bottle with unlimited refills and discounts to two local attractions.  The kids LOVED the PASSES!  The passes were perfect for the kids....with the passes they did not ask for one thing extra. It was a good combination of items that keep them all satisfied. The Great Wolf Creature was a little young for Caleb - but he got one for his niece and the MagiQuest was a little old for Davey but he enjoyed every minute playing and with older was a total WIN!! WIN!! With me not having to say "No" you can not have this and "No" you can not have that all day makes for such a fun trip!  Plus.....the PAW PASS saves about 38%! Which is awesome! Each park must have a different PAW PASS since our pass had two local discounts. When you check in make sure to ask about that locations PAW PASS...I know you will not be sorry!

Waterpark here we come!   The weather was beautiful the day we arrived so outside we headed!  

I am very very impressed with the amount of lifeguards and their dedication to ensuring every child is safe. They were definitely doing their jobs. 

Check out Davey with his new Great Wolf Lodge Goggles enjoying the water.  When we got to the outside park Caleb & Isa headed to the slide. Isa stayed on the slide while Caleb found a couple of  boys his age and they started to play basketball in the pool.  What was so nice is that all three were able to find kids their own age to enjoy their pool time with. 

I joined Davey in the pool..we headed to the moving river - as we floated on our tubes ..I thought gosh this is really really fun! 
When I got out I sat in my lounge chair enjoying the warm sun while watching the life guards and the kids. I noticed they had a outside refreshment location.....a BAR!  I thought a glass of wine would sure be nice. I got up and headed to the bar....sure enough they had a good tasting white wine in a neat plastic wine cup. Perfect for the pool! The wine was chilled and tasted very good. 

When the sun started to go down we headed inside! The inside is just as much fun as the outside! Totally different fun in the water!  My favorite is the WAVE POOL...the WOLF started to HOWL and the WAVES started coming!  FUN!
Time to go back to our room....we dried off - stopped by the Arcade then headed to the room to change and check out the MagiQuest Game! We had no idea what to expect. Their PAW PASSES were good for a game and either a wand - topper or belt. We had no
idea what that meant. Once inside we were like "WOW" what a fun place!  They each got a wand...since they needed a wand to play the games. MagiQuest is a video game that is played using a wand. 

The game is a series of task that are completed by finding objects throughout the  three story maze. Caleb & Isa LOVED it! 

Davey had fun even though it was a little old for him..he still enjoyed it! There were kids his size at the game which made it nice for him. They also had tables and chairs where I sat watching Davey play the games. 

GOSH it was late and we had not eaten dinner!  When we got back to our room we ordered a Pizza from the The Loose Moose™ Bar & Grill.  Caleb & Davey walked to the grill to pick up the pizza. The pizza was tasty and very reasonable - We all had pizza for less than $15.00 - not bad!

Time for bed..................

Day Two!
We slept great!  When we got up and opened the patio was raining!  ICK!
So we had a quick breakfast of cereal and headed to the inside park. 

The water bucket is really fun.  There is a huge bucket very high up that fills with water...when it starts to make a clicking noise it is about to tip and dump the water on everyone under the bucket. Davey and I really enjoyed the bucket.  It was also fun to sit and watch as others enjoyed the bucket water! SO much fun!   Day two Davey meet new friends and also reconnected with his friends from yesterday. He was really happy!   We keep checking outside  for the weather to change...the rain had stopped and it looked like it was going to turn into a nice day. We had our fingers crossed because we all enjoy being outside when we can. Living in Wisconsin we had a terribly cold winter and it was a long winter. We want sun!!
It was about 1pm when we decided to have lunch. Last night when Davey & Caleb picked up the pizza they said the food really looked good at the The Loose Moose™ Bar & Grill. We dried off and headed to the grill.  We were all very pleased with our choice of food. The kids all got Chicken Fingers..they had a good portion with drink for $6.00. I ordered a tasty chicken salad croissant with sweet potato fries. Check out the pics.

The food was very tasty - reasonably priced...we ate lunch for $30 - not bad!  The best part is everyone cleaned their plate! We had a nice sit down enjoyable lunch overlooking the lodge grounds and watching the cloudy sky turn into a sunny day!  When we finished eating we headed to check out if the outside pool was open! 

Outside water park here we come!

Davey wanted to play basketball with Caleb.  Great Wolf has life jackets available for the kids. Davey needed to wear a life jacket to play basketball since the water was 4-5 feet deep in that area. Check out their faces......13 and 5 years old.  Both as happy as can be!  In the background of the pic there are two children is Isa and her new friend!  
We stayed outside till about 5pm - we dried off and headed back to the MagiQuest game. I was very pleased to find that their game was still good. No need to pay for today!  That was nice. They played MagiQuest for about 2 hours then it was time to head out!
What a fun we drove out of the parking lot we were talking about when we should come back! 

Check out our souvenir ~~~~~ the perfect reminder of our fun trip! 
Oh I almost forgot ......
One of the best things about Great Wolf Lodge is that they are a Green Seal facility!  In fact they are the ONLY GREEN SEAL CERTIFIED waterpark!  CLICK HERE to read about Great Wolf Lodge's GREEN PROGRAM! They CARE about our environment and are doing great things to make a difference!
Recycle bin in each room...towel and linen program to save water.  Make sure to check out the above link to find out all the ways GREAT WOLF LODGE  is making a positive difference to our environment!

We had a BLAST and we will definitely be returning!
Thank You Great Wolf Lodge for giving us such 
Great Memories!
We had a HOWLING GOOD Time!!!!

1 comment:

  1. I'm the Great Wolf Lodge Ask-A-Mom for New England! This lodge looks incredibly huge and fun!!! I love the outdoor area! So much fun. I'd love to get there some day and see more locations!