Went over the Presidents' Day weekend.
Pro: (1) Waterpark is fun; lifeguards are extremely attentive and professional; various waterslides are a real thrill. (2) MagicQuest is very well done. Our 6-year-olds had fun.
Con: (1) This place is apallingly overcrowded; and because of the low proportion of seating to guests there is nowhere to sit for the overwhelming majority of people (for instance, to eat a snack or to eat lunch in the waterpark) except on the floor, as if you were in an airport with a lot of flight cancellations. (2) The food is like eating in the cafeteria of a very good hospital, which is to say it's not very good at all, and certainly worse when you consider what they're charging you; it's perfect for the shovel-it-in-to-get-my-money's-worth set (who seem to be the target audience here, from the proportion of obese people we saw). (3) The accommodations are more like an assisted living facility than a hotel; the in-room heating units are loud and drying in-wall units; and the hallways are freezing (maybe 60°F) near the far entry doors (highest- and lowest-numbered rooms on the first floor) because of the cheap HVAC design (small in-wall units there, too) and the cheap door configuration. (4) Younger kids can't sleep because it is extremely loud in the rooms well into the night because the older kids of the shovel-it-in-to-get-my-money's-worth set are running the halls and jumping around in the rooms until 10 or 11 PM.
Let's be honest here: this place is a shameless money suck, and they're not doing a very good job of hiding it. The lack of respect for the guests was conclusively proven to me when some supervisor decided he would interview prospective employees on Presidents' Day not downstairs in HR, but instead by occupying one of the 4 tables outside of the Starbucks and gift shop. That's a full 25% of the total available table seating on the second floor that guy decided to deprive guests of, leaving my family to "picnic" on the floor for lunch. Our eyes met; he didn't appear to give it a second thought. A perfect metaphor for what's wrong with Great Wolf Lodge.
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