#Howlidays at the Great Wolf Lodge - This is #Snowland in December

Great Wolf Lodge is already a popular request among children that have television and have seen the (very accurate) promotional commercial featuring families having a howlin' good time at the various resort properties around the country. If you've never experienced a Great Wolf Lodge -- consider a trip instead of all the "stuff" under the tree. If you're planning a trip, consider doing it during December -- when the whole resort is sparkling with Snowland celebrations and decorations!

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You will get waterpark access (exclusive to overnight guests at Great Wolf Lodge, so crowding is limited!) when you check in. You'll also get wolf ears (for adults and kids if you wish!) Be sure to tell the front desk staff if anyone in your party is a birthday kid (within a few days or so) and they'll get special birthday party hat wolf ears. You'll be able to see the traditional Great Clock Tower Show and even meet a few of the pack of friendly characters known to frequent the lodge.  Did I mention they would be around for Story Time too? They provide ample time for mom and dad to snap photos and are full of high-paws for the youngsters. This is all complimentary with your stay and most activities can be found in or near the lobby. Watch the schedules -- if the evening show is too late for your crew, catch a morning viewing (complete with snow shower if you go during December!) Other fun and mostly free activities (some have a small fee for supplies) can be found on the handy events itinerary you will get with your ears at check in. If you find you need a little intro to Great Wolf Lodge OR MagiQuest, both have their own resort channel on the in-room televisions. There's also a Great Wolf Lodge cartoon that plays on a loop, if you need something kid-safe for a bit! There is a ton of action related to the holiday season from Polar expeditions in the morning (after yoga usually) to visits with Santa and Mrs. Claus -- there is no shortage of fun. 

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Tip: You can check in early and receive a text when your room is ready! That means a few extra hours in the waterpark on the day you arrive! Put that suit on before you leave the driveway so you're ready to go when you get to Great Wolf Lodge!

Snowland Suites

A Snowland suite is the perfect way to add a little magic to your stay! The $50 upgrade is well worth the money -- you get a keepsake Great Wolf Lodge Snowland throw blanket and storybook featuring the familiar furry faces of the Great Wolf Lodge characters. The room is beautifully decorated with snowflakes hanging from the ceiling and a full-size decorated tree and lighted garland along the headboards of the beds. Perhaps the most fun is the night of check-in you're able to select a time that works well for your family for a special character to come visit -- and they bring milk and cookies! We had an abundance of sugar during our fun weekend getaway, so the kids were in heaven! The special touches are very much worth the little up charge since you'll get those priceless moments of surprise and snuggles for story time in the comfort of your room! 

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Tip: Reserve a spot in the Gingerbread House -- yes! IN! You can make a reservation to dine in and believe me, it's great food and a fun time! The best part? A $10 donation from every reservation goes to Ronald McDonald House charity. I've had family see the real good that the organization does so I was more than happy to add this little bit of fun to our trip! (It smells of sugar and keeps the kids interested long enough for you to drink a cup or two of hot coffee while enjoying breakfast (or lunch/dinner!) Another tip, since you're here -- order the Family Style platter. It's a mound of food and it's a fun way to make dining out more like dining at home! 

Wisconsin Dells 

An ever popular vacation getaway for folks in Milwaukee, Green Bay, Chicago and Minneapolis-St. Paul, the Wisconsin Dells do not disappoint. This is the location of the flagship Great Wolf Lodge and the 100,000 square foot waterpark does not disappoint, even today. We saw families of all sizes and ages having a blast during our three-day stay and though it might be better geared for the younger set (say maybe under 10 years) -- even teens can be seen smiling wide as they patter and splash barefoot from one waterpark attraction to the next. This Great Wolf Lodge features fun northwoods themes and a Howlin' Tornado funnel slide -- plus plenty of rides and slides
for tykes too! The location is IDEAL -- everything you need is within walking distance -- or a VERY short drive across the road. Outlet shopping, dining, and gasoline are all within a two block radius. The Great Wolf Lodge is located off of I-94/90 so it makes navigating a breeze. [You see the iconic font from the freeway!]

Give your family at least two nights to really have enough time to enjoy the lodge activities AND the waterpark -- that's probably a minimum if you're going to also take in MagiQuest and do things like sleep and eat. It's a really fun place and even with an entire weekend, we were all wishing we'd had just one more night to really howl at the moon!







Consideration was provided by the Great Wolf Lodge. All opinions are my own. Please check the Great Wolf Lodge website for specifics in your area and for deals, as things change and this post will not be updated with dates or deals regularly. Thanks Great Wolf Lodge for a wonderful time!

9 comments:

  1. This looks like so much fun. I know my daughter would love to visit this time of year. I love the option of upgrading and have the room totally decked out in Christmas decor!

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  2. I have never been to a GWL. It sounds like a lot of fun though! I have a very long list of places I want to take the family, and this is on that list. Hopefully, one day, we will make it.

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  3. I have never been to any of the GWL they all look fun. I think I would go to the one in Wisconsin Dells since it is the closest.

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  4. Oh wow, that all looks so wonderful! I have not been to the Dells since I was little. I would love to take my family! That would be such a fun place to stay! One of those that you would not really have to leave the hotel...there is so much to do there!

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  5. We live in San Diego, so visiting their Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
    Indoor Water Park Resort in Anaheim is on our to-visit next year when our daughter is a bit older. It looks like a blast!

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  6. Great Wolf Lodge is places I have read about but never been too any of the, They all look fun and exciting

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  7. I think our toddler daughter would really love Creation Station, the PJ Party, character meet and greets and the Clock Tower show. What is MagiQuest? I couldn't find it on their website.

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  8. I have never been to any of the GWL they all look great. I think they look family friendly and there are tons of things to do

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  9. I have never been to any of the GWL they all look like there is plenty to do. We havent been on vacation in many years. I would love to go.

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