Reviewer's Retreat conference session, there were fourteen slides, six pools, water fort, lazy river, and so much more for Brad and ER to explore! 550,000 gallons of water all make the Great Wolf Lodge one of America's largest water parks and you don't even need to bring your floatation vest. These are provided along with towels and a large staff of alert life guards to watch over you. We of course watch over ER like hawks but it's reassuring to see so many guards on duty as well.
The first thing you'll notice upon entering is Fort Mackenzie, a four-story tree house in the center of the water park. Everywhere you walk there is water spraying and the best part, there are lots of ways to get your friends and family wet too! The first afternoon I thought I'd walk up just to see and avoid any sprayers so I wouldn't have to shower before the first conference event. Ha, ha, what was I thinking, I got drenched!
ER just loved the Totem Towers twin waterslides there. They are three stories high and Brad thought he could go down with her, but when they got to the top they were told ER had to go by herself. She can be a little bit of a scardy cat so he thought that was the end of that, but she was still game to go. He put her on the slightly lower one and when they got to the bottom she immediately wanted to go again and not only that, but she wanted to be on the higher one. She'd only slide down the higher one for the rest of the visit.
Great Wolf Lodge has a nice guest policy. You can begin using the facilities at one o'clock on the first day of your stay, even though check-in isn't until four. Check out is at eleven in the morning, but you can continue to use the waterpark until closing. There are lockers, showers, and changing rooms to use when you don't have a access to a room. You will be able to really get your money's worth out of your stay by timing your arrival and departure well, one nice perk for guests as we all are looking to stretch our dollars more!
Great Wolf Lodge but at the Poconos location, and select others, there are still plenty of things to do when you are water logged and need a break. One thing you'll notice when you get there is that a lot of kids carrying, of all things...wands. That's because they're all on quests that take them all around the lodge. Brad thought it was a great idea because in theory it keeps the kids active, he kind of kidded to some taking the elevator up and down one floor that perhaps using the stairs would be more in keeping with a "quest". I can only imagine the look he got for that!
ER was all about it because she got a cool pink glittery wand with a unicorn topper. Plus she did need something to keep her occupied in between pool visits. She's a little young and needed help from Brad but it was a successful addition to our stay. She talks about Magi-Quest as much as the water park. Since Brad was the one doing it with her, he's a better person to give details on it.
Magi-Quest at the Great Wolf Lodge is on his blog, Sons of Twillight. I don't mention his blog that much, because it's mainly about role playing games and there's not a lot of cross over between readership of our two blogs. But since it can be an expensive addition to a stay, I thought anyone considering it might want to learn a little bit more as he describes it in depth. He also did a great post about his entire Great Wolf Lodge experience, a nice from a Dad's perspective.
Disclosure: While we did pay for lodging and food, our stay the the Great Wolf Lodge was part of a discounted conference package. Opinions and experiences related within are personal and unbiased.