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.

I recently took a walk on the wolfie side, checking out all the fun souvenirs in the Buckhorn Exchange gift shop at Great Wolf Lodge – Williamsburg, VA.  Guess what I found?  Wolves, wolves and more wolves—check 'em out!

Wolves that love to snuggle…

Wolves that hold hands with buddies…

Wolves to frame your face…

Wolves to sip your sippy drinks with…

Wolves to howl at the moon with you…

Wolves to adorn your mantle…

Wolves to ward off intruders…

Wolves to hold all your other wolves…

What’s your favorite wolfie souvenir?

16
May
2013

My wife and my son love the Great Wolf Lodge so much that we have been there three times already. Being afraid of the water due to my inability to swim, I didn't enjoy my previous stays to the max.

However, it all changed this time when we visited the lodge earlier this month. My son asked me to get into several sections of the waterpark. Playing basketball and floating around in tubes finally made me relax enough that I bought a waterproof camera from the lodge's shop and when the roll was developed, this photograph of my aqua boy made me happy. As a family, we always have a good time at the Great Wolf Lodge and this photograph is a witness to that.

Kashif Javaid
Williamsburg, VA

 

My family and I have such a wonderful time at Great Wolf Lodge every time we go. Our children love the lodge so much that my oldest daughter, Halie, picked Great Wolf as her school project.

Herproject read: I've dedicated my project to Great Wolf Lodge because I love going there. Also the employees work so hard to meet your every need. Another reason is you can go anytime of the year because it's indoors. There are cool rides like the Hydro Plunge and the Double Barrel Drop. It also has an ice cream shop, bowling, kids spa and arcade. Every time my family goes, we have such a wonderful time, great memories and we can't wait to go back. That is why I dedicated my project to Great Wolf Lodge.

My wife and I wanted to say thank you to all of the management and staff for being so helpful and making us feel right at home. We definately recommend Great Wolf Lodge to everyone, you will have the time of your life.


David & Linda Kutner
Pocono Mountains, PA


 

While it’s beginning to get a bit blustery outside, it’s cozier than ever inside Great Wolf Lodge.  Millions of twinkling lights are on their way into the Grand Lobby, holiday trees are going up and up and up, the fire is roaring, and Wiley and Violet are matching up their mittens for a great season.  AND GUESS WHAT ELSE?  New character trading cards are on the way!  Ahh!  I LOVE these things!  (I mean, just LOOK at how many I’ve collected!)

Wiley the Wolf and Brinley Bear both have new collectibles in our “Winter Edition” character trading cards.  With fun facts on the back and cool new images on the front, they provide oh-so-many fun ways to play.

But WHAT do you DO with character trading cards, you ask?  Well, let me TELL you.

  1. Collect them.  Character trading cards on not sold in gift shops.  You can ONLY get them from a character at Great Wolf Lodge.  And meeting characters is super fun all by itself.  Give a high paw, take a pic, and collect a card. 
  2. Stare at them.  Maybe I’m just obsessed, but these are the cutest little fellers I have ever seen.  Love to review the cards with the kids on the couch after Story Time (a nightly occurrence in my house) and point out their eyes and ears and mouth and nose…head, shoulders, knees and toes.
  3. Learn with them.  Fun to play learning games with your preschool kids, nephews, granddaughters when you add color identification, pattern making or card matching to the mix.
  4. Engage with your kids. My favorite.  Each character trading card offers a short stack of fun facts on the back side, like the characters' favorite colors, activities, foods and seasons.  Enjoy reviewing these with the kids, asking what their fun facts are.  When is their birthday?  My husband also enjoys making up stories about the characters at bedtime.  The kids each get to choose a character and a few other fun facts and Mr. J goes to work making up all sorts of fun stories about these friends—from “Wiley’s first haircut” to "how Violet and Rachel used their manners at the dinner table”.  Super fun.

Do get your hands on these fun new—and might I mention FREE—collectible cards next time you’re in the Northwoods.  And when you see him, give Wiley a high-paw for me!

Angie Brown General Manager Great Wolf Lodge Williamsburg, VAWe are excited to celebrate the recent promotion of Angie Brown to General Manager of the Great Wolf Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia. As a long-time Pack Member, Angie truly understands what it means to create family traditions, one family at a time.

“Throughout my life, and since joining Great Wolf Lodge over a decade ago, I’ve had the opportunity to be influenced by, and work with, many great and amazing leaders,” Angie said. “The leaders that have impacted me the most are individuals that had a passion for three primary and essential elements of hospitality: their employees, their guests and the product or Brand that one represents.   This is the culture that I try to live by every day of my life and I hope to build enhance with the team here at our resort in Williamsburg.”

Brown held a variety of roles of increasing responsibility and industry expertise in her career with Great Wolf Resorts, which began in 1999. She has worked as Rooms Division Director for Great Wolf Lodge – Traverse City, MI; Assistant General Manager for Great Wolf Lodge – Grapevine, Texas and most recently, as the General Manager at Great Wolf Lodge – Wisconsin Dells, WI.

Angie is excited to now be living and working in the Old Dominion.

“The hospitality of those who  live and work here, the culture, scenic landscapes, amazing history, the restaurants, shops and attractions—everything is extraordinary,” Angie has shared, “I still have so many areas in this region to visit and to learn about. I know that each day here I will find a new gem in the treasure chest that is known as the Historic Triangle!”    

Next time your family visits our Williamsburg resort, be sure to stop by and say hello to Angie. She is excited about her new role and continuing to ensure families like yours have a safe, memorable and fun time at Great Wolf Lodge.

Every summer my parents (65 & 66 years old), 6-year old niece and 11-year old nephew and I (39 years old) take a vacation together. This year the kids picked Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine, Texas after seeing commercials on one of the New Orleans TV Stations.

Our vacation was awesome. We checked in to the Great Wolf Lodge at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, July 8, went to the indoor waterpartk and played til 8:30. We order food from the snack shop, which we thought was resonably priced, ate then we went straight to our room for the night. The kids were so tired that they did not even want to play video games or participate in the MagicQuest game. 

The next morning we got up to go eat with Wiley and Violet at Camp Critter Bar & Grille, but were told we had to make reservations, so we made them for 9 and hung out in the lobby for an hour.  We couldn't pass up the chance to eat with Wiley and Violet.  After eating with the characters, which was well worth the money, we headed to our room, the KidCabin, packed up and at about 10:30 checked out of our room, put our luggage in the truck and enjoyed both the indoor and outdoor waterparks.

At about 2 pm both kids were ready to shower, dress and hit the road to explore the Grapevine Area. We had a blast! The only thing we think can be inproved upon is the room lighting and when you check in the front desk should tell you that you need to make restervations for the Camp Critter Breakfast. Other than that we can't wait to come back hopefuly next year!


Name: Michelle LeBoeuf
City: Houma
State: Louisiana
Email: shellyonbayoucoteau@yahoo.com
Lodge: Grapevine, TX

Great Wolf Lodge Traveling with Babies

Family vacations are fun, but traveling with little ones can be stressful. As a new mom, I still struggle to remember everything we need each time we step out the door.

Having a baby does not mean that vacations are over, but it does mean you need to plan a little more. Great Wolf Lodge specializes in vacations for families with young children. Here are a few of my tips for making your Great Wolf Lodge visit a success.

Play with your visit dates

There are 365 days in a year and only 104 are weekend days. Plan your Great Wolf Lodge stay during an off-peak time of year when the water parks are not as busy. Surprise your family with a mid-week getaway, or start your stay on a Sunday.

Do your research

There is so much to see and do! Visit Greatwolf.com before your trip. Water park attractions are listed by age, so you can plan what is appropriate for everyone in your family before you arrive. Utilize the Great Wolf “Ask A Mom” panel and visit the Great Wolf Facebook page each Monday to see questions from moms like you.   

Bring Baby’s food

Every room at Great Wolf Lodge comes with a refrigerator and a microwave, free of charge. This makes it easy to store formula and baby food, as well as re-heat meals. Purchase a “Wolf it Down” Family Meal during your stay, which includes pizza, salad, soda and cookies. You can save whatever is not eaten right away for a midnight snack after the kids have gone to bed!

Don’t sweat the small stuff

Our water parks help make baby’s day easy. Water park rest rooms include baby changing tables and towels and life jackets are provided free of charge. In case you forget to pack them, swim diapers (and other amenities) are available for purchase in the Bear Essentials Swim Shop. 

Take a break

With the water park down the hall from your room, you can keep your family’s naptime schedule. Pack ‘n Play beds can be borrowed on a first come, first serve basis from the front desk. Bring your child’s favorite blanket and put it in the Pack ‘n Play so it feels like home. While baby sleeps, stretch out on your comfortable bed and relax. Isn’t that what vacation is all about?

Bring pajamas

This may seem obvious, but I have two reasons. Each night Great Wolf Lodge invites all children to the lobby for Story Time. The resort’s youngest guests all arrive in their pajamas and nightgowns for the Clock Tower show and that night’s bedtime story. Who doesn’t love to see little ones in pj’s?

Need a second reason? On your last day, as you change from swimsuits before heading to the car, dress your children in their pajamas. This way, when they all asleep on the drive home, it’s easier to transition them to bed once you get home.