A good friend of mine, Jen from Round Rock, Texas, had a wonderful vacation at the Great Wolf Lodge up in Grapevine, Texas this summer. I know she had a great time, as I
jealously excitedly saw all her posts about the trip on FaceBook. Knowing that there are a few Great Wolf Lodges around the US and the heat is getting a bit oppressive outside, this post comes in at a great time! Thanks Jen!
The water park itself is mainly indoors. This is a huge benefit to those who sunburn easily. There are five large slides inside and two smaller ones located outside. Upon entering the park there is a large play area, Fort Mackenzie and Totem Towers. This area is designed as a huge tree house that has water cannons that fire down onto folks floating in the lazy river, two slides, springs that shoot out of the ground, buckets that dump etc. It also has one HUGE bucket that dumps approximately 1000 gallons of water onto onlookers every ten minutes or so. This is a good area to let the kids run around and play. There are areas surrounding it where a parent can sit and watch or you can play with them. These two slide are rated at up to 400 pounds.
Slap Tail Pond is the salt water wave pool. There is a howl alerting you to when the waves begin and make sure you are there! The wave pool is zero entry with the deepest end being five feet. Double tubes are always available so there is never a wait.
Located on the second floor (which is ground level) are the other attractions including the store for MagiQuest. MagiQuest is an interactive game that requires a “wand.” After that, it is a scavenger hunt all over the lodge. This game is very engaging and the kids LOVE it. It does involve taking the stairs to look for clues, so you get a work out as well. Little magi will need assistance, but older children can be left to quest on their own, as most of the guests are running around playing the game. The game is a lot of fun and gives families something else to do while you “rest” from the water. Magi run around the hotel in various stages of dress from bathing suit to fully clothed, so you can go from the water park right to the game and then back without going up to your room to change.
Paw Passes are offered upon check in. Each pass is $59.99 and includes: twenty tokens for the Arcade, MagiQuest wand and game, one small glitter tattoo, One Scoop Ice Cream, One stuffed animal, One Color Your Own Item and one 4×6 paw prints photo. If purchased separately, these would all total around $98.00. All things are offered a la carte however.