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Sunday, July 9, 2017

Spent the Weekend at Great Wolf Lodge and Had a Blast

Recently my girls, best friend and his son had a great opportunity to hosted at The Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, WI for a weekend. I don’t think it was possible that we had more fun.


Let me digress for a second. My girls and I live in AZ, but were back home visiting family and friends in WI. So, a weekend in the Dells was a great way to kick off our trip. Not to mention, it was my best friend Dan’s Birthday weekend.







We checked in on Friday afternoon and the second we opened the room door, all three kids were squealing with glee. We didn’t just have any hotel room. We had a loft family suite with a fireplace and balcony. To break that down, the regular area had a full bathroom, 2 queen beds, and a TV. Then the living room which had a pull-out couch, fireplace, the balcony and a TV. Then you go up the stairs for the loft which had another TV and a vanity with a sink. Since my oldest is 14 and as most teens like their privacy, we gave her the loft. Fallon, my 4 year old and I took one queen bed, and Dan and his 9 year old son took the other.




Once everyone was settled they headed out to the park to get a few rides in. Since It was a little later, it was only a few hours before dinner time. Plus we knew Saturday would be full of fun.


If you have kids that love the extra things at resorts, I highly suggest looking at the Paw Pass and the Pup Pass.
The Paw Pass Package Includes (64.99 with 42% off retail price of $111.92):
·         One MagiQuest game
·         One MagiQuest wand, topper, or belt
·         One Creation Station animal (outfit not included)
·         One 12 oz. candy cup
·         One pair of Great Wolf Lodge goggles
·         One Clubhouse Crew adventure
·         One Glitz Glitter Tattoo
·         One Leather Treaty wristband
·         One $5.00 Paw Points arcade card
·         One Outlets at The Dells coupon book
·         20% off Knuckleheads Bowling & Indoor Amusement Park (Must present pass at time of purchase. Valid on wristband, bowling, and shoe rental.)
·         10% off at Buffalo Phil's Pizza and Grille
Pup Pass Package Includes (44.99 with 37% off retail price of $71.47)
·         One Creation Station animal (outfit not included)
·         One Color-Your-Own item at Cub Club (t-shirt or pillowcase)
·         One $5 Paw Points arcade card
·         One 12 oz. candy cup
·         One Clubhouse Crew adventure
·         Single scoop ice cream from Bear Paw Sweets & Eats


All three of the kids received the Paw Pass so they could all do the same things otherwise I may have had Fallon do the Pup Pass.


We started Saturday morning out with a fun family style breakfast right in the resort restaurant. It set off the day to a great tone. Since everyone was still dry we decided to do the MagiQuest. I’ll be honest, I really didn’t know what it was, but Canon seemed to know and all three kids were excited about it, so it worked for us. In the words of MagiQuest themselves it is “MagiQuest is an interactive live-action, role playing game where players embark on quests and adventures in an enchanted fantasy world using real magic wands to solve the mysteries of the game.”







Even though this is considered technology, I don’t think of it as that. I think of it as hours of imagination filled entertainment that the kids had. Plus all three got together and helped each other. I mean, I don’t think I heard a he did this, she did that (they spend a lot of time together). It was so much fun, both Dan and I kind of wished we had wands of our own to play too.










After that we hit the water parks again only stopping for lunch (which we got inside the park so we didn’t have to go anywhere). Seeing as all three kids are ages 4, 9 and 14, they are into different things when it comes to rides. Fallon is a little more scared and liked to stay in the kiddie area, but did eventually go down a little slide (still proud of her for that). Canon loved the rides with his dad and couldn’t go down a few of them enough. Mya was  little timid, but once she got going on rides, she had fun. After a few hours of that, everyone was tired and ready for a break. We headed up to the room and ordered pizza to be delivered to our room from the resort.







One of the things the resort does that I think is amazing, is have a nightly itinerary for the kids including story time,  The Great Clock Tower Show, and then a PJ party to let the kids get that last little bit of energy out in a dance party. Fallon and Canon LOVED IT.

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Sunday we started with another super yummy family breakfast, did the last of the items on the Paw Pass like candy, build the animal, engraved leather bracelet and a great time at the arcade etc. Then packed up, checked out, but didn’t leave. We headed back down to the water park for a couple more hours of fun before heading back home.







Once we were done in the water the kids got their glitter tattoo and we indulged on one more big treat. This bucket of ice cream is even better than it looks. It’s also much larger than one plans for. All of us ate (minus Mya as she doesn’t like chocolate) and we still only had half. They put ice cream at the base then brownie chunks and cookies, then another huge layer of ice cream with more brownies and cookies, topped with a mountain of whipped cream, and you guessed it more brownies, cookies and a few gummy bears. Sugar overload but Dan had been eyeing it up and it was his bday weekend so why not right?







Overall, I can’t say anything bad about our experience at The Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, WI. They took great care of us. There was nothing that we needed that they couldn’t get us. The entire staff was friendly and we honestly can’t wait to go back. I’m hoping we get back to WI over Christmas and may be staying again then. Nothing like indoor water parks during the WI cold.



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They have multiple locations all over the country, so look if one is near you, or make a vacation out of it. I don’t think you will be disappointed.


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35 comments:

  1. Great Wolf Lodge offers so many great experiences for the entire family! I have never been to one, but I bet my family would have a blast.

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  2. I want to go there so badly! I know my kid would just love it. I would love it too!

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  3. This was the best birthday EVER!!!

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    1. so glad you enjoyed it! Now I have to think of something to top it for next year lol

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  4. Great Wolf Lodge is one of the best places to spend time as a family. We've been there a few times, and we love it so much.

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  5. I'd love to take the family to Great Wolf Lodge. It's one of the few family friendly places we have yet to visit. It looks like a lot of fun.

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  6. Everyone lately has been talking about how cool Great Wolf Lodge is! I bet my family would love to stay there

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  7. This looks like such an amazing lodge. I bet my kids would have a total blast there.

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  8. We haven't been there in years - since they opened MagiQuest, so 2009 maybe?? Their Dells location is not far from me - we will have to venture back soon!

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  9. I've been hearing a lot about the Great Wolf Lodge lately! It seems like a wonderful getaway spot for families.

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  10. This was a seriously fun way to spend a weekend. I love that there is so much to do while you're out there!

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  11. We went to our local GWL when it opened a few years ago and loved it. Such a fun place for kids.

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  12. Definitely on my bucket list!!! Looks absolutely wonderful!!!

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  13. I haven't been to a Great Wolf in a long time. I do remember it being a blast though.

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  14. I have heard so more about Great Wolf. I really want to go.

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  15. There's a Great Wolf Lodge out in the Poconos near me that my kids keep asking to go to. They seem to have a pretty impressive water park - would be a fun summer stay over for the family.

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  16. I have read so many great things about the Great Wolf Lodge. I had no idea there was so much to do there!

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  17. Your time at Great Wolf was like everyone's, great family fun. A water park games, shows, a perfect way to go away with friends and family.

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  18. Such a great way to spend your weekend! Love your photos too!

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  19. Can this place get any better! I love the place and it's perfect for a weekend with the kids for sure. I love that there are plenty of things to do here and the activities are just so much fun for the kids!

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  20. We love Great Wolf Lodges! They are so amazing! The passes look like they are a great deal. We will have to keep this in mind the next time we vacation at one of the lodges. I thin my favorite part is probably the sweets lol! They are so amazing!

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  21. looks like you guys all had so much fun and i wish i could of been there with you.

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  22. I REALLY want to go to a Great Wolf Lodge. They are opening one in teh SouthEast soon and I can't wait!!

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  23. We took our 6 kids to the Great Wolf Lodge in Southern California and our kids loved it! They can't wait to go back someday!

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  24. We love going to this place. I haven't been in so long. Would love to visit again after seeing this!

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  25. This looks and sounds like it was an amazing weekend. Love the wonderful pictures, thank you for sharing.

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  26. I don't think I've taken the kids here before. It looks so much fun and I love the rooms as well, very comfy and perfect for a staycation! This is definitely a great place!

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  27. Looks like you had an awesome time with your kids! I would love the water slides too :p

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  28. Looks like you guys had a great time The kids' smiles were a giveaway. I haven't been to any Great Wolf Lodge, but I will look for one in my area or any where close to me. Thanks for sharing your honest review and your wonderful photos.

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  29. I have not been to a Great Wolf Lodge. I have to check if we have any in our area. I love how it guarantees a great family get-away. I wonder if they are pet-friendly too?

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  30. The Great Wolf Lodge indeed sounds like so much fun and I would love to visit there some day. I have lived in the U.P. of Michigan for my whole live and never went to Wisconsin Dells. Thanks for sharing your amazing experiences and the information.

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  31. Oh wow, this place is so cute! You sure had lot of fun here, it's perfect for kids!

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  32. This Great Wolf Lodge is amazing - I love the fireplace, the activities and real food not just a muffin and coffee - looks like a blast!

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  33. My son really wants to go here,I've had mixed reviews about the place, glad to catch this one.

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  34. I've never heard of the Great Wolf Lodge before! It looks amazing though. I think my two would love it here :)

    Louise x

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