The Great Wolf Lodge in Traverse City is a kid's dream vacation spot. The lodge design is fun and very welcoming. When we first walked into the lobby, we were greeted by the kindest staff.
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I called ahead of time to mention my daughter's allergies and upon check in, they asked if I needed a non-latex wrist band for the waterpark, which I did. I was impressed that they thought to ask this since when I phoned, I only mentioned that she had food allergies. Also, when checking in, they informed us about all the fun and activities going on. This is definitely a trip where there is more than enough to do. You have to plan it all out to squeeze it all in, and there's no chance of the kids getting bored!
We headed first to the waterpark. There were areas for all ages. Waterslides small enough for my 5 year old daughter, and tubing slides for my son (he liked the water slides too). There was also a family raft ride that we rode together - the kids loved it. The rides were not too long, which really helped the lines move quickly. So, even though this place was packed, we did not have to wait in any huge lines. My daughter also liked the lazy river. It is a shallow, circular waterway that moves continuously as you float or swim along. And, don't forget the infamous 700+ gallon giant bucket
that dumps down after sounding the "warning" bell so everyone has time to gather around. My son also enjoyed the basketball nets in the pool and the obstacle course effect of Fort Mackenzie. My daughter is typically quiet and shy, but she just took off and "lost" herself in Fort Mackenzie.
After the waterpark, the kids had dinner. The dining options are endless. You can eat in at the restaurants, order from the snack bar in the waterpark, or visit any one of the local eateries, many of which offer free delivery to the lodge. We ordered from one of the restaurants and they delivered it to our door! We ordered from the snack bar for the kids and because my daughter has food allergies, I asked to read ingredients. They pulled out a readily available listing of the menu items and their ingredients for me to browse. I really appreciated this! There have been many times where I get looked at weird for asking, but here, they were ready and expecting that somebody would.
We never had time to visit Cub's Club - but it was an adorable room set up for kids to do crafts and activities. We walked around some more to explore. We visited the arcade which had several games. We checked out the MagiQuest store. This is a magic wand/Harry Potter'ish kind of scavenger hunt that tallies the kids' scores as they all compete to unlock puzzles and move onto the next levels located all throughout the lodge. We also saw the workout room which is open 24 hours and the SPA (there's a kids' spa too!).
The atmosphere was very casual. Kids were walking around in jammies and socks having a great time. Many wore their jammies to story time.
Bedtime was also fun. In our room, the kids had a Wolf Den which was like their own little room with a bunk bed and TV in it. They loved their little fort. While they got ready for bed, my husband and I made separate trips to the sweet shop and picked up some ice cream.
Also in the room are a fridge and microwave which are very accommodating. It makes it quite easy to bring along your own food if desired.
At the end of the day, my kids pretty much summed things up when my son said "This is the best day of my life," and my daughter said "This is much funner than our real house."
This review reflects my personal opinion. I have not been influenced or changed my viewpoint in any way.