First of all when I booked this trip I did so without reading reviews. The night before we went I read a million or so reviews and got really worried. I thought all the good reviews must have been phony and I read reviews about bed bugs, lice, run down rooms, bad service ect. Well I am a real person for all of those like me who wonder and heres my 100% honest review.
I stayed 2 nights, 3 days at the traverse city location; tuesday-thursday. There was me a 22 year old single mom, my 3.5 year old daughter, my 24 year old sister, and my 51 year old dad. (I put ages so you can see that even us young adults and older man all enjoyed it!)
CHECK IN: When we first arrived at 1230pm we figured we would have to wait a few hours before checking in so we went to ask the front desk if we could swim for awhile. Come to find out we were able to check in right then! Given that it was a weekday I'm sure its because it was slower but really nice nonetheless!
STAFF: The lady at the front desk was AMAZING!! She was so nice and helpful. I heard many bad reviews about the staff and everyone there made our trip a memorable experience. Employees that were walking around would stop and ask us if we needed anything. The woman in the Magi store made my daughter feel so special by helping her with her wand. Our server Jamie in the rest. was the best server i've ever had anywhere (Im a waitress as well so I'm a tough critic). The older woman in the Cub Club got all of us parents involved in making masks and doing this howling thing. The lifeguards were patient with my impatient 3 year old ^_^ they helped her wait her turn and if she was scared at first they would talk her through it. I think that if you go on a weekend or during spring break/busy season, the staff may get a little annoyed because they are trying to deal with the 1000+ kids running around but thats to be expected and most people should understand. If you arent understanding then go during the week when the place isn't as crowded!
WATERPARK: I heard people say it is small and whatnot but for having a 3 year old I wouldnt want it being much bigger. I think all the activities in the waterpark were great for a 2-12 year old. The lilly pads were so much harder to do than it looks but so much fun. The fort is huge and my daughter loved exploring it. The slides were fun and fast! Plus its really warm in there so no worries about the little ones catching a cold! Also, the little pool for the infants/toddlers was warmer than any other pool which I thought was fantastic since they are more susceptible to getting cold. In the summer there is also an outdoor pool, rock climbing wall and putt putt golf course!
ROOMS: We stayed in the basic room and it was perfect and probably works for a family of 4-5. I didn't think it was run down at all or noisy. We stayed on the second floor and I highly recommend that floor.
ACTIVITIES: The spa is too pricey in my opinion but the Magi game, cub club, and arcade are priced perfectly. Some people believe too expensive but compared to Disney where we usually travel, I think its great. All the activities are aimed again for ages 2-12 and my daughter loved that she could use her wand to make things talk and open w/o playing a quest. BUY THE PAW PASS!!!!!!!!!!! SO WORTH EVERY PENNY SPENT!!!!!!!!!!
FOOD: The food there is yummy. Try the wiley wrap with extra dressing, soooo good! The kids food prices are a bit high but they come with furry ears or a tail which I thought was cute. If you dont want to eat there, they can bring the food to your room or there are numerous pizza places that will deliever. Plus a mikki ds is right across the street.
OVERALL: The staff, waterpark, and activities made this mini vacation one to remember. I rate it 5 out of 5 stars! We are already planning a weeks stay in Sept for my daughters bday :) If the Lodge could add an area to wash feet after going to the bathroom and make that bathroom hallway less freezing, I'd rate this a 10 out of 5 ;) Either way, we loved it and cannot wait to go back!! As a single mom and waitress I think most of the stuff is affordable and if you just save up abit you will have enough to do so much. OH and its only 5 minutes from a beach on lake MI so you can always spend a day there too!
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