Recently our family headed to Great Wolf Lodge and had a great first experience there. Since returning and raving our about our fun adventures a few people have commented that they have not been to Great Wolf Lodge because “it is too expensive”. I have challenged them to really take a look at the cost of the vacation, and remind them that the price of the hotel includes access to the water park as well. I think Great Wolf Lodge offers great value for your money as you get a kid friendly spacious accommodations, fun activities and access to a HUGE indoor water park. Of course there are always ways to save a little more when going on vacation. Here are some tips I wanted to pass along for getting the very best deals and the most out of your money while you’re there.
Tips for Saving Money at Great Wolf Lodge
Check Around for Deals (discount codes) – Before you head out to Great Wolf Lodge, you can save even more money by checking around for the best deals. Another way to save money is to stay during the week, instead of on a weekend. Any sort of hotel/motel/lodge will cost money when you stay on the weekend, so keep an eye out for that.
Bring in Your Own Food – Although the Great Wolf Lodge has great places to eat, you can save money by bringing in your own food. It can get incredibly expensive buying meals for the whole family. Bringing in items like muffins for breakfast can help you save money. Plus, Great Wolf Lodge provides a microwave and fridge, so you can cook food and even store it in the fridge if necessary. Why not pack breakfast and dinner (think pasta or something that is easy to reheat) and then pick up lunch at the water park to cut down on food costs.
Be Wise About Booking Your Room – Great Wolf Lodge is all about providing clean and spacious rooms, which means you can’t go wrong with booking any room with them. You don’t have to go overboard and get the biggest rooms they have, unless you want to. It’s nice to know if you don’t have money to splurge on a fancy room, you can still get your money’s worth!
Start Early and Stay Late – Another major way you can save money at Great Wolf Lodge is to maximize the time you have at the park when you stay over night. When you check in you can even get your wristbands as early as 1PM, even if your hotel room is not ready yet. You can use the change rooms and enjoy the water park and other areas of the hotel while waiting for your room. On the day you check out your wristbands last all day long, so the family can start early in the morning and play all day staying until the water park closes that night.
Watch Out for the Add Ons – Great Wolf Lodge does have add ons that you would be wise to look out for. You don’t have to do any of those activities, unless the budget allows. The great news is that there are free activities like story time and the colouring activities in the Cub Club, that allow you to save money here and there. And if your family does decide to take part in Magiquest you can buy 1 want and the kids can always share (yes, share). Don’t forget you can also bring in your own treats for the kids (tattoos and craft activities) to help them have a little extra fun and to save you money from the “extra add-ons.”
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Originally posted March 2015. Updated March 2017.