New Attractions Include Nation’s First Indoor Mat Racer
Wisconsin Dells, Wis. (March 21, 2006) – Great Wolf Lodge has culminated its final expansion phase with the addition of the 38,000 square-foot Bear Track Landing indoor waterpark, featuring the nation’s first enclosed headfirst mat racers. Guests race down four side-by-side action-packed slides through a dark tunnel twisting into180-degree turns then drop and wind into a 60-degree turn, before exiting the tunnel to the water-filled straight-away lanes.
“The mat racers create a family friendly competition as a new thrill ride,” said Tim Black, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge. “We’re already finding that families and friends repeat the ride several times to try to improve their speed and win the race.”
The expansion, which brings the total to 76,000 square feet of indoor waterpark, also includes a 7,000 square-foot, 110,000-gallon wave pool, with zero-depth entry to five feet deep. Clear inner tubes are available for guests to ride waves running in 10-minute intervals. Waves measure as high as three-feet tall.
The new Bear Track Landing waterpark, which connects to existing indoor waterparks at Great Wolf Lodge also includes eight indoor waterslides, a toddler pool, family cabanas and a gift shop. Set amidst a mural of pine trees and rustic northwoods-themed décor, the massive indoor waterpark is reminiscent of the Great Catskills.
A four-story tall two-person inner tube tunnel ride offers spins and twist down a 443-foot long waterslide. Another waterslide allows 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.
A zero-depth entry interactive toddler pool stretches 1,000 square feet and includes a bridge with two slides, stationary wave runners where children press buttons to shoot, squirt and spray water and rotating lifeguard chair that squirts water.
All five indoor family cabanas include a 27″ TV, a mini-refrigerator, counter space, ceiling fan and Adirondack lounge chairs.
Great Wolf Lodge indoor waterparks now include 19 waterslides, two whirlpools, an interactive tree house water fort 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.
“More than half of our guests are repeat and referral visitors,” Black, said. “As more of our guests revisit, we want to incorporate the latest in waterpark attractions while maintaining our quality guest service.”
For more information, call 1.800.559.WOLF (9653). Online: www.greatwolflodge.com.
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® 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 in predevelopment and/or under construction in Niagara Falls, Ontario; Mason, Ohio; Chehalis, Wash. and Grapevine, Texas.