Have you ever taken part in one of our 48 Hour Sales? Here are a few tips for how to take advantage of our big sale.

For those who don’t know, we only have a few 48 Hour Sales throughout the year.  The lodges will have discounts of up to 20% off on their most popular suites.  Each lodge’s sale will start and end on a different day/time but they all last for, you guessed it, 48 hours.

48 hours goes by quickly, so here are a few tips for getting the most out of a Great Wolf Lodge 48 Hour Sale.

Tip 1: Sign up for our ePack! 

Shameless self promotion, but also the best way to hear about our 48 Hour Sales.  It’s simple to sign up—visit www.greatwolf.com/esignup and enter your information.  Simple. 

Our ePack members get regular emails—usually 1 or 2 a month— that include updates like new attractions at the lodges, new social media contests and new events like Oliver Raccoon’s Big Day.  ePack emails also include limited time offers and sales alerts.  ePack members will actually hear about the 48 Hour Sale the day before it starts—that’s three days of access to our biggest sale.

Tip 2: Check our social media channels

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.  We will post alerts to the 48 Hour Sales for each of our lodges.  We will post the day the sale starts and even post a reminder letting our fans and followers know there are only 24 hours left.

Just another way we try to let as many of our guest and fans know about the sale as possible.

Tip 3: Check our website

We have a great page dedicated to our 48 Hour Sale.  You can see the start and end dates and times of the sale for each lodge.  A convenient snapshot of the sale for all of the lodges so you know exactly when your starts and ends.

Each lodge also has their own 48 Hour Sale page with details specific to their sale.  These pages have countdown clocks so you can see how much time you have left to save.  You can also see calendars of all the dates included in the sale and how much of a savings you get each day.

Three simple tips to help you get the most out of our 48 Hour Sales.

Soothing music and a light waterfall. The smell of eucalyptus and mint in the air.  Plush seating surrounded by cool granite tile fixtures. Warm tea with a soothing herbal infusion of licorice root and peppermint.

These are all sensations not typically associated with indoor waterparks and family-focused resorts. At Great Wolf Lodge, however, they are a part of the guest experience. Tucked away from the thrills and excitement in each Great Wolf Lodge resort, guests can visit Elements Spa – a quiet escape to relax and rejuvenate from all the stresses of daily life.

If you have visited the Elements Spa location at during a Great Wolf Lodge getaway, or if you have not yet had the relaxing experience, the adult-only oasis has enhanced its services with new product lines and experiences. When I heard about these additions, I was ready to jump in the car and head to the spa myself!  

At each Elements Spa, we’re excited to now feature bareMinerals® Skincare and makeup. The product line from Bare Escentuals offers a unique mix of cosmetics that combine skin care with makeup that helps us enhance our best features. bareMinerals has been a spa favorite for many years, and we are thrilled to now offer its wide array of products to our guests.  

Elements Spa has also added Eminence Organic Skin Care to its locations. The complete line of Hungarian beauty essentials use healthy ingredients, including organically grown herbs, fruits and vegetables. With facial peels infused with natural acids from yams, pineapples and papayas and massage oils made using mimosa champagne massage oil, the combination of flavors will leave skin glowing and your taste buds tingling.

By using sustainable farming and green practices such as wind and solar power energy, Eminence offers products that are in line with our Project Green Wolf efforts. As a leader in quality organic skin care, Eminence products help make the Elements Spa experience as good for your body as it is for your spirit.  

I hope you are as excited as I am to visit Elements Spa. After taking in the waterpark thrills together as a family, a quiet escape to the Spa is the perfect way to get a little bit of “me time” while on vacation. There’s so much to choose from: an Eminence Organic Indulgence Facial, Body Treatment, Manicure or Pedicure and each Lodge often features their own special packages.

Want to guarantee you have this time during your next Great Wolf Lodge stay? Book your treatment before your arrive!

My son and I had been to the Great Wolf Lodge many times, but my husband had never been.  We had, as a family, just suffered a tremendous loss—our 16 yr old daughter Beth had passed away suddenly two weeks earlier. My son RJ who was 8 at the time and was at sleep-away camp in upstate NY (he had insisted on going). 

Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls, OntarioWe needed to go pick him up and decided to surprise him by taking him to the Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls.  I had always known that my hubby didn’t believe us when we told him about all the stuff in the indoor waterpark, but it didn’t really hit me until I saw his face when we went to check in.  He was amazed, staring at the slides like a little kid. 

RJ and Jimmy went on all the slides!!! It was great for me as I got to sit and rest a bit.  RJ loved it because dad spent far more money in the arcade than mom ever did. The best part of the trip was when I was getting ready to pack the room —the boys had gone downstairs for breakfast.  I was speaking to the housekeeper when I heard my room number come over her radio.  Something about not checking out...I was like "What did they say?"  She smiled and said “Go relax.  It looks like you are staying another day.”

The boys came back to the room all full of smiles.  They were so excited that we were staying another night.  I didn’t have the heart to tell them I already knew about their surprise.  RJ and I still take most of our trips to Great Wolf Lodge without dad but at least we know he believes us now.

Ask A Mom Panelist

Leslie H.

Our family has an annual Christmas celebration that we call The Holiday Humdinger. The whole purpose of it is to get aunts, uncles and cousins all together for a couple of days of bonding and memory making! In total, there are 6 adults and 7 children that share in the fun.

For our 3rd annual HH, we decided to go to the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City. The youngest in the group of kids was 4, the oldest was 11. None of us had ever been to Great Wolf Lodge before, so we didn't know what to expect. We were pleasantly surprised! What a great time we had!! Everyone was able to find something fun to do! There were even slides for the youngest set! The kids LOVED being able to ride down the slides with the adults. Talk about a bonding experience, try going down Alberta Falls with your uncle and he's scared the whole way down!!!

We had so much fun, we decided to go to Great Wolf Lodge for the 4th annual HH the next year in Grapevine, Texas. Of course, we made many new memories there also! A few of us will never forget our first ride down the Howlin' Tornado! Needless to say, plans are already being made for the big 5th annual Holiday Humdinger at Great Wolf Lodge!

Thanks for creating a place where young and old(er!) can join in and have fun together.

Name: Rachel Knight
City: Oklahoma City
State: OK
Email: raenae5@yahoo.com
Lodge: Grapevine, TX

Spring has sprung. The weather is getting nicer and all across the country swimming pools are opening, lakes are warming and plans are being made to head out and enjoy them. What better time to remind everyone that May is National Water Safety Month!

At Great Wolf Lodge, it is Water Safety Month all year long. Your safety is our top priority and everything we do is focused on providing you and your family a safe and memorable vacation. This begins with our lifeguard staff.

From day one, our lifeguards are put to the test. After a careful selection process and initial orientation, new lifeguards take part in at least 24 hours of lifeguarding instruction and testing. This covers everything from basic first aid and in-water rescue techniques to advanced first responder duties including CPR,use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) and supplemental oxygen use. Once the course is successfully completed, our lifeguards are licensed thru the International Lifeguard Training Program and ready to begin the next phase of their training. 

Next, new lifeguards are matched with a seasoned member of our waterpark team to begin “shadowing.” Here they begin to hone their on-deck skills and learn to scan the water, looking for guests that may need assistance. Once the lifeguard is ready to guard on their own, they areaudited by members of the management staff.  This includes professionalism, awareness, vigilance, appearance and most importantly, ability to scan their entire zone within the allotted time. 

In addition to our internal auditing program, Great Wolf Resorts partners with Jeff Ellis & Associates, an outside consulting firm specializing in aquatic risk management.  To keep our standards and practices at the highest levels possible, we do a number of drills and skills tests during hours of operation. Ellis & Associates also performs four unannounced operational audits per year at each resort, testing and spot-checking our guards in areas of professionalism, diligence in scanning techniques and rescue skills, as well as ability to manage an aquatic emergency. 

Lifeguard training never ends; each Great Wolf Lodge lifeguard attends a minimum of four hours of in-service training every month to help reinforce and refresh their skills. Lifeguarding is a physically and mentally challenging job, and our instructors provide informative, realistic, and fun sessions to keep our guards motivated and excited about their jobs at Great Wolf Lodge.

Parents are also an important part of water safety at Great Wolf Lodge. You can help our lifeguards when you bring your family to the resort. Make sure young children wear life vests, follow height restrictions on water slides and never leave your children alone in the water park. These are just a few of the ways you can help our lifeguards during your visit.

Guest safety is our top priority at Great Wolf Lodge. Our lifeguard team looks forward to providing your family with a safe, fun, memorable adventure in the water all this month – and throughout the rest of the year.

Great Wolf Lodge Regional Director of Aquatics



Cody Butcher
Regional Director of Aquatics
Great Wolf Lodge - Grand Mound

We had a great week in the land of Great Wolf Lodge social media.  

We hit the 300,000 fan mark on our Facebook page, we have over 3 million video views on YouTube and we now have over 9,000 followers on Twitter.  

To thank all of our Facebook fans and Twitter followers (and those of you who don't follow us but still tweet your love), I put together this video of some of our favorite moments from this week in Great Wolf Lodge social media.

Tweet us @GreatWolfLodge or follow us on Facebook to be a part of the action. 

Great Wolf Pack Members participate in Bowl for Kids Sake

Last night the Corporate Team and the Customer Contact Center Team from Great World Lodge joined together for a howling good time as we took part in the annual Bowl for Kids’ Sake, benefiting Big Brother Big Sisters.

Since 2009, we have participated in the fun event. Over 100 Pack Members have taken part and last night’s theme celebrated the ‘80’s.  Pack Members came dressed in attire inspired by the era, ready for a night “Livin’ on a spare.”  (Bad pun, I know. I just couldn’t help myself.)

We had a great time! Even a few “future” Pack Members joined their parents, and utilized the bumper option on the lanes. I wish I could have done the same. The evening was complete with contests for bowling “Granny style”, bowling backwards and for hitting a strike when a colored pin appeared at the end of the alley. Truly, there is no better way to spend time with your colleagues than by bonding over frustrating splits and gutter balls, and knowing that with each frame, you are helping others. This year’s Bowl for Kids’ Sake raised over $13,000 for the local Madison agency, and we are proud to have taken part!

Great Wolf Pack Members participate in Bowl for Kids Sake

For the past three years, Big Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has been the Great Wolf Lodge official non-profit charity partner. As a company that works every day to provide smiles and happy memories to children, it means a great deal to us to work with a charity that is as focused on childhood experiences as we are. Our Pack Members embrace BBBS and take part in many ways; from serving on the local agency Boards in resort communities, to volunteering as a “Big”, to hosting special events on property each year, we are proud to raise money for this amazing organization. Last year alone, Great Wolf Lodge raised over $200,000!

As a guest of Great Wolf Lodge, you can help us support Big Brothers Big Sisters. Next time you book your reservation online, please consider adding a $5 donation. You can also make a donation to the organization as you check-in at your local resort. 

Now, with my jelly bracelets, asymmetrical sunglasses and fluorescent nail polish back in storage, I can’t help but smile as I think of the great time we had last night. We work together, we play together and we help our community. Truly “You just can’t get enough” of the Pack!


Fun at Great Wolf Lodge Grapevine, Texas

Another fun time at Great Wolf Lodge for Davien, Dawson, and Jackson. Mom took them for another fantastic trip for Spring Break, and I (NaNa) got to tag along...with the camera, of course! I love watching them have fun and there is so much of it at your lodge. My son lives close and came out to add more fun for his nephews. They love Uncle Al! This was the second trip for the little ones and both of them started howling like wolves when they saw the wolves at the front of the lodge. It was a priceless moment. This was the first time we got the Paw Pass for the little ones, and we did everything on it, too. They loved the MagiQuest and really liked their magic wands with the dragon toppers on them. (NaNa bought those) They enjoyed the water slides and even got to see Wiley, the mascot. Yes, I got a cute picture of them and have it on their wall in their room.  Another favorite part was getting to pick out a stuffed animal and watch it come to life in their arms. We came home with Wiley and a Dragon and they sleep with them every night. Davien, the oldest brother, has been more often but still likes all the fun and enjoys time with his little brothers. Thank you for making Great Wolf Lodge so much fun and safe for our little ones. The staff was great and made us feel special. I knew the life guards were watching my angel babies at all times and that made me like it even more. We will be back for more fun and will get the Paw Pass again and do all the fun all over again! You should see all my pictures! :)

Name: Alene Davis
City: Texarkana
State: Texas
Email: alidavis97@yahoo.com
Lodge: Grapevine, TX


Project Green WolfWith the four year anniversary of Project Green Wolf approaching, all of us at Great Wolf Lodge continue to celebrate the distinction as the first national hotel chain to have all properties achieve Green Seal™ Certification – Silver.

Project Green Wolf at Pocono Mountains Great Wolf Lodge

I can remember the first year we celebrated this momentous occasion at the resorts. Each lodge planted their own tree in front of the lodge. It was also during this Earth Day celebration that Wiley the Wolf was introduced in his new Project Green Wolf gear. With his help, the all the lodges have maintained their standard of environmental sustainability while not compromising the guest experience.

In 2007, Great Wolf Resorts started reducing energy and water usage across its properties as part of the Green Seal Certification process. After implementing a variety of energy-saving business practices, the company is proud to report a reduced electricity consumption of more than 1.5 million kWH in 2009.  Gas usage was also reduced by 234,806 Therms for the year. Lastly, reduced water usage resulted in an overall savings of nearly 4.5 million gallons in 2009.  Most recently, some lodges have initiated their own battery recycle programs, composting and food sharing with local non-profits were permitted.

Although the Green Seal Certification only applies to the lodging portion of Great Wolf Lodge, we are dedicated to creating “greener” waterparks through our Project Green Wolf efforts. This includes  management of fresh water resources, waste minimization, energy efficiency, environmentally and socially sensitive purchasing, and guest education.

What did you do to celebrate Earth Day with your family? 


Happy Moms Pack the Pack:  If there is one thing we don’t have much of around here, it’s “co-workers”, but who needs them when you have a Pack?  Co-workers are those things that have a cube near yours and give a stiff “hello” upon meeting you in a break room.  A pack is a group of people that work together and drive each other forward, with speed, support and passion. 

Apparently we are recognized as a happy bunch too!  I recently had someone from another floor in our office building enter the elevator with me.  He looked at me and pressed “7” for himself and “6” for me.  Wondering how he knew where I worked, I checked myself for any sign of Great Wolf wear, paws or logos – I wore none.  He just smiled and said “I know you Great Wolf people, you’re the ones that always look so happy to be coming to work.”  This is true.

Time for Your Family, Time for My Family:   It’s no secret that Great Wolf Lodge changes with the seasons.  We enjoy the waves of families during summer and welcome them in for our Snowland celebration in the winter.  Our promise is to make time for your family, and we are so excited to share your vacation with you no matter the season. 

My non-Great Wolf family experiences seasons too.  We have sick days and vacation times (it’s not always at Great Wolf Lodge, but yes, my family enjoys its fair share of the waterpark).  We have school programs to attend and family to help.  And, Great Wolf wants me to be spending time with my family too. 

Howlin' at home

It’s Fun to Share:  Like most parents, sometimes I need to bring my work home with me.  But to me it isn’t work, its fun.  And I get to share the fun with my kids.  We talk about the Great Wolf characters a lot – we color their pictures (you can print them online at greatwolfkids.com), review their factoids from our trading cards (coming to the Lodges soon!), and play with the plush versions. And just like at the lodges, story time includes a lot of howling.

And that nagging feeling – every working mother knows it – of “where should I be right now?” is balanced a little more every time we share.  I love my kids and I love my work.  But there is an added bonus at Great Wolf Lodge – my kids love my work and even my work loves my kids.  How’s that for a love triangle?

For me, there isn’t a work life and a home life.  I just have a life – and I love howling through every minute of it.

Hi All
My family and I have been going to the Great Wolf Lodge for many years. We started with the intention of having some good old family fun which we have at the Great Wolf.  Over the years we have celebrated many events: birthday, anniversaries and we are again going this year in August and celebrating our daughter's Sweet 16. The Great Wolf Lodge is great for any age it's safe, the staff is fantastic and the food is excellent. We love it and if you have never been there look into it you won't be disappointed!!! I would like to say a special thank you to Laura who has been fantastic to my family. See you see at the Great Wolf!!!!

Name: Marie
City: No White Plains
State: NY
Email: mbobmarie@optonline.net
Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA

In my first post I wrote about being a new member of the Great Wolf Lodge Pack. I’m also a new guest to the Great Wolf Lodge experience. Recently, my husband, eight month old son and I enjoyed our very first experience at the Wisconsin Dells Lodge.

Our family suite was wonderful! Not only did we have a king size bed, but we also had an inroom Jacuzzi, fireplace and complimentary refrigerator and coffee maker. I was also pleased that we were able to borrow a safe “Pack and Play” by calling Guest Services.  

My husband and I love waterparks and we were excited to explore the Lodge’s. We started at the North and South Hot Springs whirlpools. Aiden loves to “swim” in our arms and soon he was bobbing away.

Our next stop was Fort Mackenzie. Aiden is too young to splash through the 4-story interactive tree house but he did smile big when the 1,000 gallon bucket spilled over. We all enjoyed Slap Tail Pond, the Lodge’s wave pool. Listen for the howl that signals big waves are coming!

While we did not experience the “thrill” rides this time, we had a lot of fun. I was pleasantly surprised by the relaxing atmosphere; it wasn’t loud, overwhelming or uninviting. It was a true indoor water playland!

Next we played MagiQuest®. The interactive game is part scavenger hunt, part live action, part video game. We purchased one wand, complete with a cool armillary topper, and shared it on Aiden’s behalf.

MagiQuest is quite unique. We had fun reading the quests, searching for clues, collecting coins and elevating Aiden to “High Score of the Day”. I think we also underestimated how quickly we would become competitive with each other.  

We enjoyed dinner at the Loose Moose Bar & Grill. We had not yet put away our MagiQuest wand and soon discovered we could make a raccoon swing from the ceiling. What a fun surprise - the wand even has powers in other areas around the Lodge! 

The one souvenir I wanted from our stay was a pair of wolf ears. While a set of ears comes with a children’s meal, you can purchase them a la carte. I bought three pairs! 

Our visit ended much too quickly and I can definitely see why a Great Wolf Lodge visit is best for multiple nights. There was so much to do. As a Pack Member, and as a guest, I cannot wait for our next Great Wolf Lodge getaway!



I'm hanging out with my new BFF - Oliver Raccoon - as he prepares for his upcoming stay at Great Wolf Lodge.  Oliver's arrival has been a plan in the works since early last summer, and he is more ready than ever for his debut event: Oliver's Big Day, scheduled for April 14, 2012.  Join him for a DJ Dance Party, Story Time appearances and lots of fun surprises!  Visit greatwolf.com/oliver for complete event details at a lodge near you. 

And just what is Oliver Raccoon most excited about for his visit to Great Wolf LodgeMagiQuest, of course!  He has an amazing collection of wand toppers, featuring the most powerful secrets to defeat the mighty dragon. From the looks of his suitcase, he's going to pack them all!

My personal favorites about Oliver are found in his quiet, heroic personality.  Oliver is the younger brother of Rachel Raccoon, and where she is the more talkative of the two, Oliver keeps things pretty quiet.  But when asked, this little genius is just FULL of information.  His zillions of zippers on his cargo shorts and nifty camper vest are always full of techie devices.  When planning building projects like forts or waterparks, his little detailed calculations always help things turn out just right.

Speaking of planning... my kids - crazed with excitement - have already brought out the suitcase in preparation for our own visit to meet Oliver on April 14 at the Wisconsin Dells Lodge.  Swimsuits - check.  MagiQuest wands - check.  And for this special visit, I'm packing the orange shirts and cargo gear to dress my kiddos up just like their new buddy Oliver.  Great Wolf is hosting an Oliver Look-A-Like Contest and you can join the fun too.  Snap pics of your family dressed up like Oliver and find the details to enter online.  Enter for a chance to win an Oliver Prize Pack and an overnight stay at any Great Wolf Lodge.

You can learn more about Oliver Raccoon and all of his friends at greatwolfkids.com.  Play fun games, find out what's new and grab some activities for your drive to the lodge! 




We love the Great Wolf Lodge. It is our happy place. We just returned from our 7th visit there and I just have to say this....When we arrived my husband and I were exhausted. However, the moment I heard the squeals of delight and "howls" of laughter from my children, and my husband (!), all that seemed to melt away. The staff have always been so kind to us, and we have always been treated much better than we deserve when we visit. THANK YOU would never be enough for all they have done for us. Really, we have never been treated so well by any establishment. My children have their favorite slides, the wave pool, the arcade, it is too hard to narrow it down to one favorite because there's so much to do. My husband, well, he likes the big Howlin' Tornado slide and the "Wolf it Down" pizza meal we eat in our room. Me, my favorite could be the Dunkin' Donuts coffee in the morning, or it could be the fact that when we visit the Great Wolf Lodge it is not just a fun family vacation for the kids, it is a great mental vacation from all stress for mom and dad. You just can't put a price tag on that!

Name: Kerry Ogrodowczyk
City: Hickory
State: NC
Email: 4ogies@gmail.com
Lodge: Charlotte/Concord, NC


We made our first trip to the Poconos to stay at Great Wolf Lodge with another family and quickly found ourselves having a blast. Our trip had to be extended because a foot and a half of snow dropped on us. But being inside the waterpark in the 84 degrees made it the best snow storm we have ever had. The six children that we had there enjoyed the arcade, spa, bakery and MagiQuest too. The staff was beyond awesome scrambling to find their own staff rooms to camp out in overnight they helped us extend our stay for two extra days making it ever so more awesome. We are so excited about a return trip back to the Lodge soon.


Name: Krista Gill-Snyder
City: North East
State: MD - Maryland
Email: kristas2kids@yahoo.com
Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA



Who doesn’t enjoy slaying dragons and collecting all the runes? I sure do, and I can’t wait to try out the latest addition to MagiQuest at Great Wolf Lodge...Topper Powers.

When magi select their wand in the store, they have the option of adding some pizzazz to their wand with a themed topper. This spring, guest at all the properties with MagiQuest will see their wand topper gain abilities that affect the game in a various fun ways.

For example, the topper on my wand - the Majestic Pink Gem and Crown - will now allow me to win the pixie adventure in one cast. Also, when I duel the red dragon, the topper will allow one resurrection when I’m out of healing mana. I don't know about you, but any help I can get with the red dragon is great!

Some of these powers even have a chance to recharge while playing the game while others are only a one time use. While the toppers vary a little from property to property, you can expect to see some combination of the following (with powers listed) –

  • Red Dragon & Dragon Gem – Power to one Silver Dragon with the fire burst
  • Majestic Pink Gem & Crown – One cast to win Pixie adventure & one resurrection when dueling the red dragon
  • Unicorn & Horn – cause Magic to spread through the realm
  • Trixter – spread the “power of laughter” through the kingdom – will give every screen a joke and tell which Magi brought this bit of laughter your way
  • Blue Claw – Xavier’s “draining” magic; steal mana from other Magi
  • Armillary – ability to get hints at select status stations through the Kingdom
  • Skull & Dark Stone – beat back the red dragon with a laughing skull of light

Locations with some variety of the toppers listed above include: Charlotte/Concord, Cincinnati/Mason, Grand Mound, Grapevine, Kansas City, Pocono Mountains, Traverse City, Williamsburg and Wisconsin Dells.

MagiQuest has always been a blast to play, and the addition of Topper Powers increases the ways you can interact with the experience. I can’t wait to go try out my new topper power at the Wisconsin Dells Lodge. How about you?

We are happy to announce the Grand Prize Winner of our Spring Surprises Video Contest—Debbie McFadden of Towson, Maryland. 

Debbie’s video features her daughter, Haley, and her 9th birthday surprise.  Debbie and her husband waited until the night before Haley’s big day to surprise her with a trip to the lodge

“I’m glad I taped her opening her card. I just figured it would be nice to get her reaction. I never thought she would get so emotional!” Debbie told us, “It showed us how much she appreciated it and how much she must have loved her first trip.”

Staying true to the contest theme, Debbie and her husband surprised Haley when they told her their video had won.

“We waited until Haley got home from school and told her we needed to talk to her. She asked us, ‘Did I do something wrong?’…we made her wait it out a little!”

Once they told her the video was the winning entry, Haley screamed (again) and jumped up and down with excitement.

Debbie and her family will receive a two-night stay, plus meals, at the Great Wolf Lodge of their choice.  And in case you were wondering, Haley’s BFF Bridget will be joining the family on their trip back to the Williamsburg, Virginia Lodge.


Visit our YouTube channel to view our top 5 finalists.

Great Wolf Lifeguards Deserve a Howl!

At Great Wolf Lodge, the safety of our guests is our number one priority. Every day, families come to our resorts to play in our waterparks and make lasting memories. Our Great Wolf Pack Members are a key part to delivering these safe and fun experiences.

Great Wolf lifeguards are among our most visible Pack Members. It is their job to ensure that our guests are safe while they enjoy our indoor waterparks. To help in these efforts, Great Wolf works with Ellis & Associates, a third party consultant that specializes in aquatics safety. In addition to assisting with our training programs, Ellis & Associates conducts random audits of our guards at work, to ensure key practices and procedures are being used.

Each year, Ellis & Associates announces its list of “Golden Guards” – lifeguards around the country who epitomize what it means to be a great lifeguard. Leadership, knowledge, and teamwork are areas that the guards are rated on. This year ten Great Wolf Lodge lifeguards earned the honor.

Great Wolf Lodge sends a collective “Howl!” of congratulations to the following Pack Member guards who work each day to provide a safe, fun waterpark experience for our guests.


Nathan Hughes and Zyra Edwards from our Niagara Falls Lodge

When it comes to creating family memories the first place that comes into my mind is one of our family's favorite places to visit, Great Wolf Lodge Poconos. It's somewhere that all the kids want to visit and everyone can have fun as a family. Since my children are all 8 years apart, sometimes it's hard to find a place that appeals to everyone. Great Wolf Lodge makes it so easy!

I can't even begin to choose a favorite trip or memory from GWL. We have so many! We have visited for special birthdays, Halloween, winter snow tubing, and Snowland!

Our most recent trip was to celebrate Valentine's Day. I could not have thought of a better place to be. Great Wolf Lodge just warms my heart. We had a little celebration in our room. Staying in the Fireplace Loft just made the trip, with two floors of happiness. There is something about Great Wolf Lodge that lets the love in our family shine. Maybe it's all the quality time we get to spend together.

Our family had so much fun checking out the new Main Street while we were there. We loved the Ten Paw Alley, even though the kids won and I came in last! I guess that only means we have to get back there for a rematch! My daughter was strolling the halls with her new best friend, Sammy. She made her as part of the Story Explorers! My son had a blast, as usual, with MagiQuest! He finally beat the dragon and was pretty excited about that! As for hubby and I, spending a few days together with everyone, uninterrupted was priceless!

Of course everyone's favorite part of the trip was the water park! Between the slides, the wave pool and the splashes, I could not have asked for anything more! As for my husband and I, there is no greater joy then spending time with our three children and seeing them just enjoying life. It doesn't get any better! If I had to choose one place to make family memories, it would be Great Wolf Lodge. When I am there, life just can not be any better! Thanks for the memories GWL! We'll be back in the future to make more!

Name: Diane Sullivan
City: Harrison
State: NJ
Email: elgeorgia@aol.com
Lodge: Pocono Mountains, PA

As one of the newest members of the Great Wolf Lodge Pack, I have been excited and enamored with all things, “Wolf!” During my first week, I took part in Wolfology; that’s Great Wolf Lodge-speak for “employee onboarding.”

The class took part at our Wisconsin Dells Lodge, and included two of my colleagues from the Corporate Office and several new employees from our many important resort areas. Over the years, I have taken new employee classes at other companies. While each had its own spin and tone – no such class ever asked me to howl before!

As a guest at our lodges, you have probably learned how to “Stomp, stomp, clap, clap, HOWWWLLL” – but did you know that pack members do it, too? We even have our own little version of the Howl that is slightly different at each lodge. For instance, the Wisconsin Dells Lodge is our first Great Wolf location. Pack members in the Dells proudly say, “Stomp, stomp, clap, clap, Howl! Number one!”  Our Grapevine, Texas Lodge pack members welcome all new pack members by taking them to the lobby and having them yell, “Stomp, stomp, clap, clap, Howl! Yee-hah, y’all!” I love that!

Wolfology then went on to discuss the Great Wolf Guest. With are so many options for family entertainment these days, we are honored each time you choose us. It truly is our responsibility to do all we can to ensure that our properties are clean, inviting, exciting and as wonderful as our advertising makes us out to be. We must exceed our guests’ expectations. Call me a little geeky – but that makes me proud. (More on that later when I write about my first experience as a guest.)

Soon, we were knee deep in Great Wolf Lodge lingo: “pack members” – employees of Great Wolf Lodge; “dens” – employee offices; “wolf wear” – employee uniforms. Do you like to give the celebratory High Five from time to time? At Great Wolf Lodge, we give the “High Paw.” Teach your kids to do it tonight! Start with your hand open, palm facing out. Then, bend each finger inward at the knuckles. Lastly, raise your paw and howl. You can’t help but smile as you do it.

Welcome to our pack!