Erin Ruppenthal, Director of Public Relations
Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Twice its Existing Size this March
New Attractions will Further Guests’ Entertainment Experience
Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (November 14, 2005) – Great Wolf Lodge will
culminate its final expansion phase with the addition of a 38,000
square-foot indoor waterpark. Slated to open in March 2006, Great Wolf
Lodge will introduce families to nearly 80,000 square feet of indoor
waterpark with new attractions and amenities including: eight indoor
waterslides, two outdoor waterslides, a wave pool, toddler pool,
family cabanas and a gift shop. It’s no wonder Great Wolf Lodge was
named the industry leader earlier this month by World Waterpark
A warm, summer beach-like vacation will welcome guests year-round as
they venture inside Great Wolf Lodge’s new indoor waterpark, Bear
Track Landing. Set amidst a mural of pine trees and rustic
northwoods-themed décor, the massive indoor waterpark will be
reminiscent of the Great Catskills.
Slide into Fun with Fast-Paced Waterslides and Hit the Waves in the
Exhilarating Wave Pool
The highlight of the new attractions will be four side-by-side
action-packed mat racers. At the top of the four-story tall racing
adventure, guests will grip onto their mat’s side handles and hold on
to dear life as they wind 315 feet head first down a dark tunnel
competing for the fastest time. Once inside the dark tunnel, the
suspense begins as riders twist into 180-degree turns as the slide
exits the building, then drops and winds into a 60-degree turn. After
exiting the tunnel, riders will decelerate into a water-filled lane
and cross a checkerboard finish line.
“The mat racers will create a family friendly competition as a new
thrill ride,” said Tim Black, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge.
“After test-driving the mat racer, they will want to master the ride
to create their fastest speed and win the race.”
The 7,000 square-foot, 110,000-gallon wave pool will range from
zero-depth entry to five feet deep. Clear inner tubes will be
available for guests to ride waves running in 10-minute intervals and
measuring as high as three-feet tall.
“Since opening in 1997, we recognize that over 50 percent of our
guests are repeat and referral visitors,” said Tim Black, general
manager of Great Wolf Lodge. “As more of our guests revisit, we want
to incorporate the latest in waterpark attractions while maintaining
our quality guest service.”
Two four-story tall waterslides will add to the indoor waterpark fun.
New for 2005 is a two-person tunnel waterslide, where riders will face
each other on a six-foot round inner tube that will spin and change
directions down a 443-foot long waterslide with multiple open and
enclosed tunnel sections. Another new enclosed waterslide will allow
guests to pair up or ride separately on an inner tube that constantly
twists, turns and loops back and forth down the 436-foot long slide
before ending in a splash pool.
A new zero-depth entry interactive toddler pool will create excitement
for the youngest of thrill seekers.
Stretching 1,000 square feet, the toddler pool area will feature a
bridge with two slides. Wave runners will be equipped with
electromagnetic spray features so children will feel as if they are
riding a real-life wave runner as they press various buttons to shoot,
squirt and spray water. Placed next to the interactive bridge will be
a tall, rotating lifeguard chair, spraying everything and everyone
that crosses its path.
As the temperature increases, so will the outdoor fun! Two new outdoor
waterpark slides standing three
stories tall will be open in time for Memorial Day 2006. Guests will
be able to cool off during the warm summer months as they race down
the two new outdoor waterslides equipped with open and enclosed
Snack, shop and slow down at the new snack bar and retail shop, both
located within the indoor waterpark. Four indoor, themed family
cabanas will each include an LCD flat screen TV and Adirondack lounge
chairs providing guests with added privacy and comfort. To further the
Great Catskills ambiance, waterpark wait staff will don themed
uniforms and provide food and beverage service. Forget something? The
new retail shop will offer the latest fashions in swim attire,
sundries, water wings, cameras and additional waterpark conveniences.
Great Wolf Lodge’s existing indoor waterpark includes: 10 waterslides,
five pools, two whirlpools, an interactive treehouse waterfort and an
aqua rock climbing wall. The Lodge recently unveiled the $3 million
Howlin’ Tornado, the first enclosed tubing ride of its type in the
world. Guests head straight into the eye of the storm at the top of
the six-story extreme water tubing ride and whirl, swirl and twist
back and forth across the 65-foot funnel dropping 30 feet every second
before shooting down through a dark tunnel to the plunge pool below.
At Great Wolf Lodge safety is the number one priority. More than 60
Ellis & Associates certified lifeguards oversee the waterpark safety.
Life jackets are available.
Visit www.greatwolflodge.com or call 1.800.559.WOLF (9653) for more
information or to make a reservation.
Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.™ (NASDAQ: WOLF) is the nation’s leader in
indoor waterpark destination resorts and owns and operates its family
resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge(r) and Blue Harbor Resort™ brands.
Great Wolf Resorts is a fully integrated resort company and owns
and/or manages Great Wolf Lodge locations in: Wisconsin Dells, Wis.;
Sandusky, Ohio; Traverse City, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Williamsburg,
Va.; the Pocono Mountains, Pa. and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference
Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Great Wolf Lodge properties are currently
under development in Niagara Falls, Ontario; Mason, Ohio; Chehalis,
Wash. and Grapevine, Texas.