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Reviewed 15 April 2012

Let me first say we had a good time. The front desk was wonderful. The room smelled funky when we first walked into it. I am guessing it is that always damp type thing but we opened our door to the balcony quite a bit to air it out. Something on the wall in the bathroom and sink drained very slow. The beds were ok but not great. The breakfast buffet was good.

The water park was good and they have a lot of lifeguards which is great. The restrooms used to have two water extraction machines but one was missing and the other out of order. I did notice several spots on the floor of the kiddie pool that look like they are worn down.

We have been to the GWL in Grapevine and it was so great that it makes the KC property disappointing. The wristbands at Grapevine do your room key and waterpark and purchasing so you don't have to carry money or room key cards. The shower facilities are private stalls instead of one big room. If I were equal distance from them I would go to Grapevine. Since I am much closer to KC I am sure we will go there again just would like to see them do some updating.

Date of stay: April 2012
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Thank TwotimesMommy
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

This was a spring break getaway for the kids, although it was far drive from Denver, it was still fun. My children enjoyed the pool but we all agreed it was more suited to younger children. They liked the Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine Texas better. The amenties were nice, we enjoyed our balcony over looking the raceway and being able to walk to dinner or take a short drive to find cheaper eating establishements.

Date of stay: March 2012
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Thank velogirl93
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Reviewed 12 April 2012

We spent a Sunday night at the lodge and had a great time. The crowd wasn't as bad as a Friday/Saturday night and the price was cheaper too! It's nice that you can stay the next day at the water park until they close even though you have to be out of your room by 11 AM. Overall the place was clean. Staff was friendly. We requested extra towels and we received them within 5 minutes. I was curious to see what we would find after reading some of the other reviews that weren't very positive. I would agree the rooms could use some updating but overall condition was fine. It's not a new facility so it's not fair to expect new conditions. Our primary purpose was to spend time at the indoor water park. The water park was great for kids of all ages. Even mom and dad had fun on the water slides. Our children range in age from 11-22 and all had a great time. The younger kids did the Magicquest and really had a good time doing that. I even saw some teenagers playing it. You do have to purchase the wands and then then pay for the game as well. It's a bit pricey. There are no bargains at this place but again, that's sort of what you expect.

Room tip: Rooms at the end of the long halls are good if you want to avoid some of the noise from kids running down the hall as they play the magicquest game.
Date of stay: April 2012
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Thank RedBarron6420
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Reviewed 11 April 2012

Great Wolf Lodge in itself can be a mini vacation spot for families. You will need to plan ahead in order to keep your budget under control, but that can easily be done. In order to do that you probably need to talk with your family ahead of time and determine how you want to spend your time and what you will spend your money on. (Don’t wait until you are there and have kids pleading to do things that are expensive.) I would really recommend that you bring snacks and drinks for your stay. If you eat all or most of your meals elsewhere, don’t visit the Arcade, SPA, or shops, and don’t get caught up in the miscellaneous additional things like “building a bear” or “hair wraps,” etc. you can do this quite reasonably. If you do want to do some of these miscellaneous things, they do have some packages you can buy that combines some of these– which will save quite a bit of money.

My recommendation would be some sort of combination like:
Eat breakfast off site. The front desk can give you a list of local restaurants. There is a lot of options from a quick breakfast (like Pantera Bread Company) to sit down restaurants. You are not going far, so it won’t take a lot of time (walkable…but a long walk).

Mornings and evenings - Take advantage of the free activities for the younger kids ages 5-8 (sometimes adults think these activities are not worth it or stupid…kids typically do not). The Great Clock Tower Show, Wolf Walk, Story Time and the ones offered at Cub Club (note they have kids bingo games, a play kitchen, books, etc. BUT they also have a number of crafts to make that each cost in supplies). To us this was a good way to interact more with other kids and do calm activities.

½ days of Water Park - Large indoor water park (note this is only available to guests and it is complimentary for your stay). Be sure to keep your wrist band on during your stay to access it. The water park is good for all ages. It has an area for toddlers that is only a few inches deep with water spouts, etc. For older kids, it has slides that are nice. Then it also has a fort (structure to climb on nets, crawls through short tunnels, walk through several levels, spray water, and of course a slide) and a large bucket dump. The structure is good for kids (5+) - adults. It has a small lazy river, hot tubs or whirlpool (one for adults only and then a family one), and a number of large slides. There are not enough pool chairs spread around, so you need to stake yours out as soon as possible. There is also a small eating area with tables & chair and a bar and grill (note the bar & grill is really just a snack place with mostly unhealthy food that is just okay). Towels are provided but they cannot be taken out of the swimming park so you may want to bring your own or a change of clothes, or something to keep you warm when walking back to your room. Outdoor swimming area - Because we went in March, this was not open. However, they do have an outdoor area that has a zero depth entry pool, play areas for kids (water spouts and sprayers), and other pool activities.

On and off throughout your stay - Indoor Game Type Activities - There is a pretty good size Arcade but you can spend a lot of money there for not much time. Magic Quest - this was worth the price to us. It has 2 costs to it. First, you need to buy a wand ($15+), then you pay $10 (that was the rate in 3/2012) to play for the duration of your stay. (You keep the wand and can use it at any Magic Quest nation-wide at any time but you will still have to pay the game price.)This, I think, is quite fun for kids and some adults. It primarily takes place down a number of hallways that are painted with leaves, trees, designs, You walk down the halls looking for treasure chests, stars on the ceiling, pictures and objects to waive your wand at to either open, have them talk to you, or makes noises and collect points, and objects that are needed to (easy to see) to collect points and objects to enable you to battle a goblin and outwit a dragon. (Then if you do that there is an additional level Compass Quest.) This seemed to be enjoyed by kids of all ages. The little ones seem to really enjoy opening boxes, making sounds, and the environment of it all…but they need a parent with them to help them spot things and waive the wand correctly. The concept was also harder as well as finding all the items needed for the younger kids. The older kids got more into the game of it, so did many of the parents. But it isn’t super easy and can get monotonous.

Lobby fireplace and area. They have a very nice place in the lobby to sit by a fireplace and read to or play games with kids. We found that enjoyable. (Sometime kids needs to be reminded that relaxing and reading or playing games can be an enjoyable part of a vacation.)

Then of course, there is mini golf, ice cream parlor, etc.

As for lunch and dinner, I recommend eating off site at least part of the time. There are theme restaurants within minutes. We ate at a dinosaur one where the decorations and atmosphere were really neat. The food was also good, not exceptional but good. It is in a nearby outdoor shopping center. For young boys, it is worth taking them to at least walk through the restaurant…don’t get caught up in the gift shop!

The staff are very very pleasant and good with kids. They stop the kids numerously times just to chat and see how they are enjoying the stay. Rooms are large and nice. Beds are good but not exceptional. You do have a microwave and a min fridge in all rooms.

Hope this gives you some insight!

Date of stay: March 2012
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5  Thank MissouriLucy
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Reviewed 8 April 2012

We had one night in this resort during spring break. The staff were very nice and welcoming. Every body is smiling and willing to help. The fronr desk lady namec Doriece was so nice and changed the room to accomodate our request. However, when we got to the room, I found some spots on the sheets of the queen bed. I asked for them to be replaced the guest services said ok and then after we came back from the water park, we just found the new sheets on the beds and has not been replaced. So I called again to ask for someone to do the task!!!
My daughter had a blast especially with the magicquest game. I suggest that you get the magicquest for your kids as soon as you arrive to the resort because they will never get enough of it.
We had breakfast at the buffett which you may want to skip because it is very pricy and you will find a lot of close places for food in the nearby plaza. Enjoy your stay.

Date of stay: April 2012
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Thank mfarid2009
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