01
Mar
2012

Hi there!  I’m Emily Zei—Corporate Social Media Manager for Great Wolf Resorts.  I am a self-proclaimed social media nerd.  When I’m not blogging, posting or tweeting on behalf of Great Wolf, I’m blogging, posting or tweeting for myself.  I’m addicted to my smart phone.  Fascinated by the psychology of social media.  And constantly trying to wrap my arms around the ever changing medium. 

Stick with me and you’ll get to peak at the social side of Great Wolf Lodge.

New England families will soon have something to howl about—we are excited to announce that Great Wolf Lodge has official begun construction in Massachusetts on a new resort.

Great Wolf Lodge - New England will give families more than 100,000 square feet of entertainment and lodging space to enjoy together—all under one roof. The centerpiece of the resort will be the indoor waterpark—the largest in the state with more than 68,000 square feet of fun for the whole family.

Of course it will have some signature Great Wolf Lodge water rides like the Howlin’ Tornado, Slap Tail Pond wave pool and everyone's favorite—Fort Mackenzie with its 1,000 gallon tipping bucket.

Just like all of our lodges, Great Wolf Lodge - New England will feature guest suites that provide the perfect place for families to relax after a day of waterpark fun. Families can choose from several suite styles, like the popular kid-themed Wolf Den and KidCabin suites.  The resort will also debut never-before-seen suite styles—the Majestic KidCabin and the Grizzly Wolf Dens.

The Majestic KidCabin will sleep 11 people and will have two bathrooms, a separate king bedroom, two queen beds and a themed cabin for kids, complete with a daybed and a set of bunk beds. The Grizzly Wolf Den will sleep ten people, have two separate bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living room area and themed kids Wolf Den, complete with bunk beds. Two awesome new additions to our line up of comfy suites.

You can also find a ton of other activities throughout the lodge that are perfect for kids of all ages, like:

  • The brand’s first and only indoor dry play area—over 16,000 square feet of entertainment complete with a multi-level ropes course and indoor miniature golf
  • MagiQuest
  • Scooops Kid Spa
  • Ten Paw Alley mini bowling
  • The Great Clock Tower Show and evening Story Time

Great Wolf Lodge - New England will also feature several restaurant options like our new Lodge Wood Fired Grill restaurant and bar, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats, Hungry as a Wolf and a Dunkin’ Donuts®.

As always, the indoor water park is exclusive to resort guests and waterpark passes are included with each suite—a great value and the perfect place to spend time together as a family.

Great Wolf Lodge - New England will be our twelfth resort. Located off Route 2, 45 minutes from Boston—Great Wolf Lodge - New England is expected to open in late spring 2014. 

To stay up to date on all the building progress, visit www.greatwolf.com/NewEngland, like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.

This summer we had a blast traveling across the country for our Wolf Your World tour.  We introduced new Great Wolf Kids characters, spread wolfie cheer and handed out tens of thousands of wolf ears.  As part of the summer fun, we had Facebook photo contests and of course—our sweepstakes to give away a two-night stay for up to 25 people plus a banquet dinner.  Well, the contests and sweepstakes have finally ended and we are excited to announce the winners.

First off, our Wolf Your World photo contest winners.  We got a ton of great submissions each week and are excited to show you the winners: 

Meredith Burrell of McKinney, Texas for Wolf Ears on a Road Trip

Miranda Nau from Danielsville, PA for Wolf Ears on a Pet

Sarah Toler of Lumberton, TX for Wolf Ears and a Summer Treat

Andrea Evansen from Graham, WA for Wolf Ears Playing a Sport

Barbara Austin from Emporia, KS for Wolf Ears and a Hobby

And Michelle Messana from Smithtown, NY for Wolf Ears Playing Outside

And finally, the moment you've all been waiting for—the winner of our biggest sweepstakes, staying at the Great Wolf Lodge of her choice with 24 of her closest friends and family.  

(Drum roll please)

Jodi Northey of Burlington, Ontario!

Congratulations, and thank you to everybody who entered and followed our tour all summer long.  LIKE us on Facebook and stay tuned for more contests and sweepstakes.

Happy birthday to one of the happiest bears in the Northwoods—our friend Brinley bear!  

If you haven't had the chance to meet Brinley yet, let me introduce you.  Brinley is one of our Great Wolf Kids Characters, who recently traveled across the country as part of our Wolf Your World tour.  He is a sweetheart and loves to laugh and play all day—he is a SUPERB Hide & Seek player.

And while his favorite food might be honey, he won't turn down a good ice cream sandwich from Bear Paw!

His favorite season is spring, he just loves taking hikes in the Northwoods with his friends on a lovely spring afternoon.

Now that Brinley is back from touring North America with his friends, you can spot him at our Sandusky, OH; Niagara Falls, ON and Concord, NC lodges.  Or you can check out his favorite games and activities on www.greatwolfkids.com.

Don't forget to leave a comment with your birthday wishes for our special little bear cub.

If you’ve been to Great Wolf Lodge before, you’ve seen them—dozens of children wielding magic wands in the hope of becoming a Master Magi and defeating the dragon. 

This fall, we are calling upon these Magi for a new quest—they must help us save the vanishing light in our new interactive adventure ShadowQuest.

Over the past few nights, the Sky Lights have been mysteriously vanishing from the night sky.  The Light Pixies are desperate for answers.  Their leader, Lumina, has been working tirelessly to identify the mysterious threat to the Sky Lights—and to her people. 

Lumina and the sky lights need help from the Magi.

Utilizing the same magic wands, the Magi must venture through the resort in search of crystals, artifacts and magical lands to battle the evil yeti Malakai. 

To help Lumina and the Light Pixies, join the quest this fall at these locations:

Wisconsin Dells
Grapevine
Poconos
Williamsburg
Concord
Mason
Grand Mound

08
Aug
2013

Summertime is winding down, which is the perfect time to visit your favorite indoor water park (Great Wolf Lodge) before kids head back to school.  Earlier this summer we announced our Wolf Your World tour and our new Great Wolf Kids characters.  The tour is over, but there are still some exciting new ways you can enjoy the Great Wolf Kids characters!

New Characters to Meet and Greet!  This summer we welcomed our three newest members of the pack: Rachel Raccoon, Brinley Bear and Sammy the Squirrel.  All summer long they toured North America to meet their littlest friends both at the lodge and out at community appearances.  Rachel is Oliver Raccoon’s oldest sister and has been having tons of fun at dance parties this summer. Brinley Bear, small guy that he is, has been known to start a little random game of Peek-A-Boo.  And Sammy has been taking pics of every fun landmark, new friend and tons of selfies all summer long.  Now that the tour is over, each lodge will be getting one of these new friends to stay with Wiley, Violet and Oliver.  So even if you missed the tour, you can still hang out with one of our new friends.

New Character Trading Cards!  For a limited time only (summertime) you can collect 5 new summer edition trading cards, featuring Wiley, Violet, Oliver, Rachel and Sammy. Be sure to watch for the new cards during your visit this summer.

Also new on the trading card front: Project Green Wolf edition, featuring Wiley the Wolf.  This summer Great Wolf Lodge has teamed up with Suave to offer fun ideas for saving waterlook for the fun checklist during your stay.  Complete it and score yourself a free Project Green Wolf trading card!

New Character Store: Introducing the Great Wolf Kids Store!  A character store. For kids.  This is almost too good to be true.  Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Concord, Poconos, Mason, Grand Mound all now feature a free standing store full of fun souvenirs for kids and character fanatics.  We’re talking character jewelry, character dishware, character t-shirts, pillows, stuffiesyou name it. And ALL of the other lodge locations?  Check out the main gift shop to find your character goodies.  For those who can't wait for their next trip to the lodge, get your shop on at our new online store: shop.greatwolf.com.  That way, you can arrive at the lodge in style—head to toe in your favorite character gear.

 

If you could bring any Great Wolf Kids character home with you, who would it be?  Comment below to tell us.
14
Jun
2013

"I broke my favorite mug, where can I get a new one?"

"My puppy ate my son's favorite stuffie, help!"

"My daughter wants a violet shirt for her birthday, can I buy one online?"

Ask and ye shall receive.  Introducing our new Great Wolf Lodge online store!

Great Wolf Lodge Online Store

Whether you're packing for your first Great Wolf Lodge adventure or forgot to get some souvenirs during your last visit—we've got you covered.  From t-shirts & sweatshirts for mom, dad and the kids to home decor items, you can find all sorts of Great Wolf gear here.  

So if you broke your favorite Great Wolf mug, lost your favorite stuffie or need the perfect gift for the Great Wolf Lodge fan in your life—you know where to go.

What will you get first?

Now that I'm back from the very first week of our Wolf Your World tour, I started downloading all the photos from our trip and came across these. He must have snagged my camera while I wasn't looking.  

Sneaky sneaky, little Wiley. 

 

Where's my inner tube? 

Loves: hiking, wolf walks and Philly

They were all out of peppermint.

Independence was born here

The merry go 'round is anything but square

I'm tired. Will somebody carry me back to the lodge?

Those were the words that came out of little Emily Sullivan's mouth when Violet walked through her front door.

As part of our Wolf Your World summer tour, we are surprising some of our biggest fans—in their homes!  Our first suprise of the tour was for our friends, the Sullivan family.  The best part of the surprise was that the two youngest Sullivans, Emily and Adam, had no idea we were coming.  Emily's all time favorite Great Wolf Kids character is Violet, so of course she wanted to come along.  

Once Emily got over the initial shock of having Violet in her living room, we could get down to business.  

First up—paw painting!  

Once the paws dried, we headed outside for some balloon twisting.

It really was an amazing day. Thank you so much to the Sullivan family for letting us come over for a play date. 

30
May
2013

We’ve done it.  We’ve hit the road

Just yesterday we kicked off our Wolf Your World Tour in Philadelphia, and kick it off we did.  We started our adventures with a field trip to The Franklin Institute.  And we weren’t alone.  There were THOUSANDS of school kids there (literally, thousands).  Of course, when we told Wiley that we were going on a field trip, he wanted to come and bring his friend Brinley along.  Boy, did they have an amazing time and learn some things along the way.

They started their day at the Changing Earth Exhibit.  Wiley just loved the huge satellite image globe (its Wiley sized!).

Wiley at The Franklin Institute

Then Wiley took a stroll through the Giant Heart (yes, you can walk through the human heart!).  This exhibit actually opened in 1954, wonder how many other wolves have walked through it.

The Giant Heart at The Franklin Institute

And of course, Brinley had to get a picture in front of the Ben Franklin National Memorial.

The tour team even got to see the construction of the new 53,000 square foot expansion happening at the Franklin Institute.  The centerpiece of the new space will be the “Your Brain” exhibit.  Definitely coming back and checking that out when it opens.

The Franklin Institute Expansion

A million high paws and thank you’ s to The Franklin Institute for having us and letting us spread some wolfie cheer.

The Franklin Institute

26
May
2013

Here at Great Wolf Lodge we have a lot of amazing pack members and we love to recognize them whenever we can.

One such pack member is our Traverse City Kids Experience Coordinator, Doug Cook.

Doug was recently chosen by the Michigan Lodging and Tourism Association as the 2013 Attractions Star of the Year. Hotels from all over the state of Michigan nominate their star employees for this award and we couldn’t be more thrilled to announce Doug’s accomplishment.

On April 15th, Doug traveled to Detroit for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism where Governor Snyder presented Doug with his award.

Congratulations, Doug!  Make sure you give him lots of high paws when you visit our Traverse City lodge. 

With the kick-off of our Wolf Your World Tour less than a week away, I wanted to introduce you to the awesome tour team.  Of course you know Sammy the Squirrel, Oliver Raccoon, Wiley and Violet the Wolf, Rachel Raccoon and Brinley Bear.  But they are only half of the team that will be traveling lodge-to-lodge this summer.  While the Great Wolf Kids Characters are being—well, kids—our human pack members will be following them around the country, howling as they go.  So of course, you should get to know them too!

On the left we have Kristen—she’s our Brand Marketing Manager.  You will see her at our Concord, Mason and Williamsburg lodges.  Be sure to give her lots of high paws, they’re her favorite.

Then there’s our social wolf—Emily (that’s me!).  I’m the Social Media Manager and love taking selfies with Sammy.  I’ll be running around the Pocono Mountains, Traverse City and Grand Mound.  

In the middle is Lynnsey—our Sr. Manager of Kids Experience.  The Great Wolf Kids Characters are her best friends and she knows everything there is to know about them.  Don’t believe me?  Ask her!  She’ll be at our Pocono Mountains, Grapevine and Sandusky lodges. 

Next to her is Susie—our Director of Communications.  You’ve seen all of her fun stories on our blog.  This summer you can find her at our Grapevine, Traverse City and Williamsburg lodges. 

All the way on the right next to Brinley is Colleen—she’s our Advertising & Partnerships Manager.  This summer she’ll be heading to Concord, Mason and Kansas City.  Whenever you see her, show her your Great Wolf Stomp.  She loves to “Stomp, Stomp, Clap, Clap, Howl”.

Throughout the summer you’ll see photos on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter from the tour team.  And don’t miss the blog posts about their adventures on the road.

See you this summer!

Summer is the absolute best time for road trips.  The sun, the open road, the breeze in your fur—it’s perfect.  So perfect that we decided to head out for our own summer road trip with the Wolf Your World Tour

How exactly does one wolf their world, you ask?  With Great Wolf Kids Characters and wolf ears, of course! 

Last year we introduced a new Great Wolf Kids Character to our lodges.  This year we decided to bring the whole pack—Wiley, Violet, Oliver and their friends Rachel Raccoon, Brinley Bear and Sammy the Squirrel.  All six characters will be hitting the road with our Tour Team spreading wolfie cheer wherever they go.  They will start in the Pocono Mountains and travel to every lodge until they end up in Grand Mound, WA.  Along the way, they will stop for TV and radio interviews, sightseeing and even some events outside of the lodge.  And for this summer only, guests of the lodge can catch Story Time with ALL SIX CHARACTERS!  (Sorry for the shouting, I’m just that excited). 

And here’s where it gets even better, they will be handing out more than 50,000 FREE pairs of wolf ears to everyone they meet.  Want to get your own pair of wolf ears?  Visit www.wolfyourworld.com to follow the tour and see where you can find the Tour Team in a town near you. 

While you’re there, you can also sign up for our Wolf Your World Summer Sweepstakes.  This is your chance to win the Ultimate Great Wolf Lodge getaway—a two-night stay for up to 25 (yes 25!) people and a banquet dinner at the lodge of your choice.  Told you it was the ultimate. 

If that isn’t enough, you can also join the conversation on social media. 

Post your favorite Great Wolf Lodge pics on Instagram and tag them with #WolfYourWorld.  Tweet with the tour team @GreatWolfLodge, don’t forget the #WolfYourWorld hashtag.  And then there are our weekly Wolf Your World photo contests on our Facebook page.  Each week we will announce a different theme, like “Wear Your Wolf Ears Playing Outside”.  Just take a pic that matches the theme and upload to our Wolf Your World Facebook app.  You could win a $50 Great Wolf Lodge prize pack.

We some serious summer fun ahead with lots of chances to interact with us and win some awesome prizes.   I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited.

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Today, meet Chris Lewis for our Traverse City lodge—father of two girls blogging about the trials and tribulations of living (and surviving) in a Divadom on a daily basis. 

As a father I am always looking for experiences that will leave lasting memories in the minds of my daughters. Whether this is small day-to-day events, or big scale vacations—all are things that I work hard on so that they can look back on their childhood with fondness. What I love about Great Wolf Lodge is that it provides families of all income brackets the opportunity to get away on either a mini or extended vacation that will leave lasting memories. Whether you enjoy water and spending time in the waterpark, racing down waterslides and having tons of water dump on top of your head or you want to go on a magical journey battling dragons and hanging out with fairies, there is so much to do at Great Wolf. On top of all of this, Great Wolf employees are so down-to-earth and friendly and are there to make the experience magical, at least the ones that I have met have.

These are some of the larger scale things that stand out in why we love Great Wolf Lodge. I have to go further though and say that it is more than this—it is the smaller moments with the characters that make my children smile. It is the family oriented menu at the restaurant. It is seeing all of the kids coming together for a bedtime story or a morning trek which both educates and entertains. It is all of these things that make this resort special and one that I have constantly shared with all of my friends.

The final thing that I love about this resort is that for me, they are close enough that I can drive, but far enough away that it makes my whole family feel that we are getting away from home to a fun location.

So for me—a dad that makes it my aim in life to be present and engaged with my daughters—this resort, and its staff go out of their way to make it easy for me to bring something special and magical into their lives (outside of what I already provide at home). Also, the absolute joy shown on their faces when we arrive at Great wolf is simply priceless.

19
Apr
2013

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Meet Diana, our Sandusky, OH Ask-A-Mom.  She and her family have a passion for amusement parks and waterparks in Sandusky and go at least twice a month, especially in the summer months.

Whoever coined the phrase “relaxing vacation” definitely wasn’t a mom. No matter where the destination and no matter the duration of the trip, Mom always has to be on her toes to plan for the unexpected and be at the ready with kisses, wet wipes, crayons or whatever else might be needed at a moment’s notice. That’s why I love taking my family to Great Wolf Lodge. They too have tried to plan for everything, making my job as a mom that much easier, making it possible for me to kick back and relax.  They’ve thought of everything so I don’t have to. There’s the amazing water park, with water slides and pools for every age, even special areas for small toddlers. If the family needs a break from the water fun, there’s still so much to do—craft activities, arcade games, evening Story Time, and even a kid’s spa!  I also don’t have to worry about meals because they have lots of dining options and menus that are kid friendly. That means I don’t have to pack peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for our entire stay!

Great Wolf hasn’t forgotten about mom and dad either. Time in the whirlpool is just what we need after a day of fun with our busy toddler. And if we didn’t get enough of a workout throughout the day, there’s always the on-site fitness center. Call me crazy, but the room suites are one of my favorite things about Great Wolf Lodge. They have so many options to fit any size family. A must for our family is a separate living area so that the hubby and I don’t have to sit in the dark once it’s time for our son to go to bed. Of course the thrill of sleeping in a bunk bed in one of the themed suites is almost as exciting as the water park!

So while some moms thrive on stress during their vacations, I prefer to have a hassle-free, fun adventure at Great Wolf Lodge. Because I shouldn’t have to worry about my family having fun— that’s guaranteed at Great Wolf Lodge!

18
Apr
2013

Great Wolf Lodge - Traverse City recently celebrated the big 1-0 like anybody would celebrate such a milestone—with a giant birthday party. 

Festivities included a special birthday Story Time.

A Dance Party—some lifeguards even got in on the fun.

Gifts for Wiley the Wolf—gotta love the old “snake in the potato chips can” trick.

There was even a balloon drop.

The party was great, but the best part of all was celebrating the 21—yes TWENTY ONE—original pack members that are still working at the lodge today.

Congratulations everybody, here’s to 10 more GREAT years!

Left to Right: Cindy Murray, Dawn McMichael, Nicole Stellard, Gabe Martin, Robert Blake III, Robin Ward, Sue Husted, Emily Emmott, Laura Neubauer, Jean Winowiecki, Tim Mikovitz, Charlette Kalbach, Angela Lawrence, Paul Schneider, Diane Chamberlain, Lori Elliott, Sandi Lindstrom

Not Pictured: Dawn Koszyk, Tami Leonard, Stuart Ashley, Ann Machelski

15
Apr
2013

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Meet Dave for our Pocono Mountains lodge—husband, father of two, runner with a PhD in neuroscience with a passion for travel.

Why does my family love Great Wolf Lodge? Wow, that’s a loaded question now, isn’t it?  Nevertheless, I’ll take a stab at it.  Things our family loves:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens.
Brown paper packages tied up with strings.

Wait! Shoot, wrong list, sorry about that.  While we do love all those things mentioned above, this is the list I meant to include:

Spending time together.
Swimming and laughing.
Cookies, Brownies, ICE CREAM.

All of these things we can do at Great Wolf Lodge.  Yes, of course they are not exclusive to Great Wolf Lodge, but we relished them during our recent stay at the Sandusky, OH property, and the family memories created have produced a soft spot in our heart for the resort.

Admittedly, I am not an expert on Great Wolf Lodge, but in addition to Sandusky, OH, we have also visited the Niagara Falls, Ontario location.  That being said, as a Dad who likes to travel and is the family’s vacation planner, I do consider myself somewhat of an expert on family travel (at least our family travel).  We have journeyed extensively throughout the country—from New York City, to Walt Disney World, to California and many places in between.  And our stays at Great Wolf Lodge compare favorably to any other vacation, and have always allowed us to unwind and relax in a fun, safe environment.   

If I had to think of a favorite experience at Great Wolf Lodge, it has to be the water park itself.  Having access to a full water park, only steps away from our luxurious hotel suite, is heavenly.  The water was toasty warm (a definite plus for the cold water wimp in me) and we took advantage of every slide and water feature in the park.  And after playing for hours in the warm water, it was soooooo easy to fall asleep in our soft and cushy bed.

Why would I like to be selected for Great Wolf Lodge’s Ask-a-Mom (or Dad) Panel?  Mostly because I really enjoy sharing my travels and have a spot in my heart reserved for Great Wolf Lodge.

 

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Today, meet Naomi, our Kansas City Ask-A-Mom. A native of Oahu, Hawaii (jealous), she lived in Texas, Washington and Tennessee before landing in Wichita, Kansas.

We live in the middle of Kansas, in the middle of the country. It’s very flat and dry here, which is pretty much the opposite of where I grew up in the Windward Mountains of Oahu, Hawaii. Being landlocked is okay, for the most part, but the weather here is totally insane.

The skies here in the plains states are unbelievably gorgeous. Wide open and blue with nothing to interrupt the endless horizon, it’s easy to see why a song like “Home on the Range” was written. But the past two summers have been so hot and dusty that the kids haven’t even wanted to go outside. It’s like being inside of an oven for much of the year. Or, more accurately, like walking into a hairdryer since hot wind whips all around you. In the wintertime, the winds are icy cold and cut right through to your bones. For two or three weeks a year, intermittently, the weather is perfect here in Wichita. It’s kind of hard to plan family get-togethers when Mother Nature is always playing tricks on you.

One of the things my family loves most about Great Wolf Lodge is that the environment is controlled. Sure, it’s a three hour drive from Wichita, but once we get there it’s going to be a balmy 84º no matter what time of year it is—and no matter what kind of craziness is going on outside! Everything is under one family-focused, climate-controlled roof. We can spend our days in bathing suits, on fantastic quests or even getting pampered in the spa. My kids note that even bedtime is more fun at Great Wolf because they get to sleep in the Wolf Den. Anytime going to bed is less than a struggle, I am mightily impressed! Truth be told, they’re usually ready for sleep after packing all the Great Wolf Lodge fun into their day.  

08
Apr
2013

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Today, meet Dan Anderson for our Grand Mound lodge.  Dan is a husband, father to a son, two Golden Retrievers and a bearded dragon named Spike. 

Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound Ask-A-MomMy family enjoys having fun together, which is why we love Great Wolf Lodge—there is something for everyone and we can experience it all as a family.

My 4-year-old son, Matthew, loves playing in the water and has been taking swim classes at our local pool. Although he is not yet ready to conquer the big thrill rides, Great Wolf offers plenty of fun appropriate for his age. The indoor waterpark is perfect for him and the giant tipping bucket dumping on his head is always a highlight. Of course, it is more fun when mom and dad play along, which is why the design at Great Wolf is so great for our family.

My wife, Amy, is partial to the Starbucks in the lobby—we truly can’t start our day without a good cup of coffee. Having our favorite coffee place in the lobby makes all the difference and makes you feel like home. While my wife and I have our coffee, Matthew always gets a cup of steamed milk which he also refers to as “coffee.”

I am a bit of a technology geek, which is why I get a kick out of Great Wolf Lodge’s innovative games like MagiQuest. It is neat how Great Wolf has used the technology to create a fun experience that can keep families entertained for days. I also like MagiQuest because it is something that my family can do together.

The overall value is a larger part of why my family loves Great Wolf Lodge. Family vacations are expensive and we try to make the most out of every trip. With a visit to Great Wolf, our admission costs are bundled into the price of the room. This is great for us because we don’t have to worry about paying separate fees for admission to the park, like we have to do with trips to Disneyland.

The rooms at the hotel are wonderfully themed, especially the Wolf Den Suite, which is another reason why we enjoy visiting Great Wolf Lodge. My son loves having his own space to play and sleep in. My wife and I love that we’re not all crammed into a small hotel room, and actually have space to spread out and enjoy being away from home.

The best part of Great Wolf is that it is nearby for a quick escape. Living in the Pacific Northwest can be tough when you go for several weeks without the sun. Having a warm, indoor waterpark within driving distance is a huge perk and makes those cold winter days more bearable.

My family loves having fun together and Great Wolf Lodge is one of our favorite places to visit. There is something for each of us, but the best part is that we can enjoy it all together.

 

04
Apr
2013

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Today, meet Anne Loucks for Great Wolf Lodge – Niagara Falls—lover of skiing, swimming, boxing, spinning and traveling with her family.

When the snow is blowing and the winds are howling, this Canadian family starts to think of traveling. Great Wolf Lodge is an escape that has been coined “Mini Canadian Disneyland” by  my family. No planes to catch and my family has everything they need under one roof. 

My son sings the Raffi song “I think I must be growing” in desperate attempts to see if he can go on the big slides yet.  At a mere 45 inches, he still has a little ways to go.  As my daughter follows everything her older brother does (the only female Spiderman for Halloween) she is excited to be tall enough to break out of the splash zone tree house area.

Promises of an adventure that includes: make your own sundaes, crafts that don’t mean colouring on the dining room table, arcade games, Story Time and of course waterslides have my children packing in record time.   

As a parent, I want planning a vacation to be simple and take less time than one load of laundry. Great Wolf Lodge reservation system is foolproof.  I can pick bedrooms that suit whatever my vacation demands.  Having two children born in the winter makes it challenging for birthdays. With a trip to Great Wolf Lodge I can book a Wolf Den and everyone comes away happy and feeling special. 

Niagara Falls is only 6 hour from Ottawa, with outlet malls, casinos, fall wine tours and a place my children can have fun on slides year-round, who could ask for more?

Having 2 waterparks in our town, means I am constantly checking lifeguard safety.  I am impressed with Great Wolf Lodge’s ability to hire competent, friendly and efficient lifeguards—something you don’t get to see enough of these days.  This puts parents’ minds at ease, knowing and trusting that safety is a top concern.   

To sum it up, Great Wolf Lodge is a journey to adventure that should happen as often as possible.  It is easy to promote a vacation hot spot when it is as fantastic as Great Wolf Lodge. With a fun theme, various activities for all ages (MagicQuest, hot tubs, parent free time) it leaves you with a burning desire to book again as soon as possible. 

Although we don’t live in an igloo, we do have a woodstove and shovel lots of snow. My children are asking (aka begging) for Great Wolf Lodge “pleeeaaasee”.

02
Apr
2013

We recently announced our 2013 Ask-A-Mom (and dads)—our resident parent experts who provide their tips and tricks for a great trip to the lodge.  Over the coming weeks, we are going to introduce you to each of them and give you a look at why they love Great Wolf Lodge.  Today, meet Jenna Jackson for our Mason lodge.  Jenna is a wife, blogger and stay-at-home mother of two boys and one spoiled dog named Harleigh. 

Three Reasons Why My Family Loves Great Wolf Lodge

1. AWESOME STAFF - This past summer my husband and I, our two boys, ages 4 and 7, and my 78 year old grandmother all took a road trip and traveled to Wisconsin Dells, WI for our summer vacation.   This was our very first experience at a Great Wolf Lodge. Our first impression of the lodge started at the front desk with the very accommodating staff.  We informed them that my grandmother was with us and has a hard time walking long distances and they asked us which floor we preferred.  Although the room wasn't ready yet, they went ahead and gave us our room keys and waterpark wristbands, took my cell phone number and told us that they would call as soon as it was ready and to go ahead and start enjoying the park. Within the hour they called with our room number and we were all set.  Our room was conveniently located right around the corner from the entrance to the indoor waterpark, which was great for grandma. We appreciated the staff's kindness and it made our stay so much better knowing she was comfortable and could enjoy the amenities that the park had offered without walking a mile.

2. AWESOME ACTIVITIES - Who knew you could go to a Great Wolf Lodge and never have to leave.  Honestly there was so much to do for our whole family.  The indoor waterpark was huge and offered both indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family. The fun didn't stop in the water, though.  Our boys loved hanging out in the arcade and couldn't wait for Story Time when the Clock Tower came alive.  We also loved that the facility offered a spa, numerous planned activities throughout the day and a fitness center.

3. AWESOME RESORT AMENITIES - We loved the dining options at Great Wolf Lodge, again you never have to leave the facility.  The Great Wolf Lodge in the Dells offered The Loose Moose Bar and Grill, Camp Critter Buffet, Wolf's Den Snack Bar, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats and our favorite—pizza!  

Great Wolf Lodge is officially a favorite of the Jackson Family.