The first thing I noticed when entering the huge, forest-themed lobby of Great Wolf Lodge was the large number of children ages six to 12. Being one of the older kids at the luxury resort, I figured the place was more aimed at a younger audience and I would not enjoy my weekend there as much as I could doing something else.
However, even though the atmosphere may be designed for a younger crowd, the attractions were enjoyable for all ages. From the indoor water park located in the resort’s main lobby to the elaborate arcade, kids of all different ages can have just as much fun as I did.
One thing that first attracted me to the resort was the huge indoor water park. Elaborate water slides line the outside of the 90-foot-tall room. Some even go through the wall, then outdoors, and end back inside the room! The most exciting part of the weekend was definitely the water park.
It can sometimes get crowded with long lines snaking up the narrow stairs to the biggest slides. But, there are other parts of the water park that require no wait — three pools, a jungle gym fully equipped with water guns, smaller water slides and a lazy river. There is also a designated area for younger kids with small water slides and basketball hoops.
We found the busiest times at the water park were right after dinner, and the best time to go on all the waterslides was early in the morning. Even then, the waterslides have a bit of a wait to get to the top because they are so high and so many people are trying to go on at the same time.
Another experience that I found very exciting and unique was the MagiQuest activity they have available for kids at the resort.
MagiQuest is an interactive hands-on video game that runs throughout the first three floors of the resort. With this you go to a shop located on the second floor of the hotel and purchase a “magic wand” and register to begin the quest.
Traveling through the first few floors of the hotel, you go around pointing the wand at objects designated for the MagiQuest and each object corresponds to a different mission. For example, one object might be a treasure chest that opens when the wand is pointed at is and gives you a piece of a puzzle you have to solve.
This was the first time I had ever seen a video game on such a large scale. Although this activity may have been targeted towards a younger crowd, I enjoyed myself nonetheless.
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