Are there any tips for saving $$ at the Great Wolf Lodge facilities in Dallas, TX? Can you find coupons? We will have 4 adults and 2 children; which room accommodations would you recommend? We don't need fancy, just roomy/comfy.
By Linda from Ashdown, AR
Hi, we went to the Great Wolf in Washington a couple of years back and we had a great time but it was expensive. Here are some things I would do differently.
Cabin Rooms: They are neat and they do have a TV for the kids to watch but the channels are very limited. Most of the kid channels and video game equipment is only available for an additional charge. The cabin part doesn't have a door, it is just open across from the bathroom. We honestly did not spend much time in our room. If you got a room with two queen beds and two rollaways, that would be the very cheapest way to go. They allow 6 people per room, with an extra fee for the water park.
Magicquest: My boys loved this and so did the adults. But it gets really expensive and once the quest is done, it is pretty much done. All the kids we were with finished all the quests before we left (we were there two nights). If you could talk the kids into working together, it would be ideal.
The Waterpark: Take advantage of as much time in the water park as possible. It is varied enough that there is always something else to do. If you can, plan to go on a weekday. We were there Sunday and Monday and Monday night was the most fun. There were absolutely no lines and everyone was in a good mood.
Room Charges: Try to avoid charging everything to your room, plan it out in advance. It is very easy to charge your Starbucks then your Pizza Hut then some ice cream and some drinks at the bar. We all had lots of room charges in addition to our planned hotel bill.
Young Children: My son was just 6 when we went and he was too short for the largest rides. Of course, he was devastated to miss out on the fun and has been begging to go back now that he is taller. If one of your children are under the height requirement, you may want to postpone the trip, especially if they are a thrill seeker.
Good luck, I hope other people have some ideas to save you money.
We go to the Great Wolf Lodge in the Wisconsin Dells all the time. I usually book online but also found out who was the Guest Services Director and wrote directly to that person to ask for a good rate. I did that after we'd gone there a few times tho. Since we are repeat customers I feel comfortable to ask for the best rate I can get. Also they offer a "bounce back" rate so when you are there, check that out. It means that if you book a future visit while there, you get a very good rate. We've paid as low as $99 per night and we already have our next year's 4th of July trip booked and we got $109/night. With the double queen suite, 4 waterpark passes are included and I believe it is $20 more per person for 2 others. That room can accomodate 6 people (usually there's a sofa bed too) They have quite a few sizes and configurations of rooms so you may find one that is larger would accomodate your group better but all rooms are over-size. Take advantage of planned activities going on each day. Every night there is a clock tower "show" followed by storytime in the lobby. There's crafts for the kids too.
We did this in March at the Cincinnati area GWL. Go mid week if your schedule permits (fewer guests, shorter lines, more fun). Plan on staying 2 nights (one at GWL and the other at a cheaper nearby motel on the 2nd night).
Go early in the day to take advantage of a full day of fun. Upon arrival, go directly to the water park if the check in line is too long (they have a desk specifically for this). Take your own food to eat in the room or order and take back to the room or eat off site). Order the breakfast when you book, it saves you a lot of money and you can skip lunch or go with a snack lunch.
Stay as late as you can at the waterpark, get up early and go all day until time to check out. Leave the park and stay at a nearby (cheap) hotel for the 2nd night. Eat a nice dinner out if you can afford it and then drive home the next morning. You are not breaking any GWL rules by doing this. We got the advantage of 2 full days at the park and only one expensive night!
Thanks for the great suggestions and advice. Plan to make this an unforgettable stay for our grandkids. I just LOVE this site and all who are so willing to share experiences, etc. Appreciate you!
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