Our kids love waterparks and staying overnight, so what’s better than the Great Wolf Lodge hotels? Not much, that’s what!
These super kid friendly hotels check off almost everything on the mini-vacation bucket list. And SO much is included when you get a day pass to Great Wolf Lodge!
(But, it’s a much better vacation when I can get ahold of a Great Wolf Lodge coupon, that’s for sure. Read on to get my best recommendations for saving big money on your next day pass for Great Wolf Lodge)
In this blog post, I want to share my BEST tips for helping you save on a day pass to Great Wolf Lodge – including the Great Wolf Lodge paw pass, waterpark pass and more. Consider this blog post your one-stop-shop for learning ALL you need to know about day passes to Great Wolf Lodge, and how to save on them.
Are you ready? I’m going to tell you everything you wanted to know about a stay at Great Wolf Lodge Hotels and then some. Buckle up for the ride and get ready for lots on information and travel tips to use on your next Great Wolf Lodge family vacation.
How to best use your day pass to Great Wolf Lodge
Here’s where I’ll start. You want to travel at non-peak times and you’re in luck, as that’s usually when the Great Wolf Lodge Groupon passes are available (scroll down for info on using a Groupon day pass!) Unfortunately, if you work Monday through Friday this does mean that you’ll want to take a day or two off from work as most of the Great Wolf Groupon passes are eligible only for Sunday through Thursday night stays. But, I’m here to tell you, the savings are worth it!
How does a day pass to Great Wolf Lodge work?
When you purchase a standard day pass to Great Wolf Lodge, you are paying for:
- Your family’s hotel room
- Your water park passes
- Other included amenities (see the full list here)
What about Great Wolf Lodge Water Park passes?
Whenever you buy a night’s stay at Great Wolf Lodge, you’ll always have your Great Wolf Lodge waterpark passes included with your stay. This also means that no one can use just the waterpark, they must be a guest of the hotel in order to access the waterpark. In addition, there are only so many passes offered per room so the water park will never be over capacity, which is great! I love that they do that as you know that the water park is not going to be too overcrowded for your to safely keep tabs on your kiddos.
However, there ARE times that are better to swim in the water park. In our experience with the waterparks at Great Wolf Lodge Hotels, it’s best to hit the water park first thing in the morning when it opens — and at that time you’ll want to hit the big slides first. As the day goes on, the lines will grow for those, so if you can get in a couple rounds of the big slides without facing a huge line, you’re in luck.
Another tip for using your day pass for Great Wolf Lodge – the lodge definitely slows down during meal times, well at least the waterpark does! So, eat at off-peak times and enjoy the waterpark while everyone else is eating. Win-Win!
How to Save on Your Great Wolf Lodge Day Pass
Another thing that I absolutely love about Great Wolf Lodge is that, with just a little bit of planning, you’ll never have to pay full price for a day pass. It’s true! With resources like Groupon, Living Social and more, it’s SO easy to find discounts on a day pass to Great Wolf Lodge that you and the whole family can enjoy. Below I outline some of my favorite tips
How to Use the Great Wolf Lodge Groupon (Everything You Wanted to Know!)
- Guide to Great Wolf Lodge Pricing, Discounts and Other FAQs
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- Groupon: Up to 30% Off Great Wolf Lodge Resorts (Includes Stay & Water Park Passes!)
What do Great Wolf Lodge Groupon Passes Include?
Most Great Wolf Lodge Groupon passes offer a $25 credit per night for use in the Great Wolf Lodge shops and they’ve even been known to offer free perks like breakfast, a pizza or a scoop of their delicious Blue Bunny ice cream with your Groupon. Great Wolf Lodge really shells it out and when they run a promotion, they make it really nice.
Other Ways to Save Money with Your Groupon for Great Wolf Lodge:
Each room has a small dorm sized refrigerator, so bring anything you can to stick in there. As of when I’m writing this post each Great Wolf Lodge room includes:
- Two complimentary water bottles
- A coffee pot and
- A packet of ground coffee ready to be brewed
But other than those items, plan to bring everything else. I highly recommend packing a light breakfast, like cereal bars, Pop Tarts, and Hostess donuts, for example. These are a nice light breakfast that you can eat quick and and not have to worry about a full tummy when you get on those slides. While the Great Wolf Lodge restaurants have a really nice breakfast buffet, it’s nothing to write home about, and if your kids are anything like mine, they won’t eat a $10 breakfast worth of food. So, save your breakfast buffet money for some souvenirs or ice cream. Or, a Starbucks drink which is also inside of most locations.
Another thing that I recommend is bringing snacks to have in the afternoon and during the nightly story time and clocktower show. Great Wolf Lodge hotels have a story time in the lobby for the kids at 8 o’clock p.m. that is absolutely adorable and then, at some locations there’s also a heck of a dance party on the weekends after the story time that kids and adults alike can participate in — now, you’re making memories!
And, maybe one of my favorite things about Great Wolf Lodge is that the Great Wolf Lodge employees are also known to go completely above and beyond if you’re not completely satisfied with anything while you’re a guest staying at one of their 12 resorts. In fact, the first time that we had ever heard of Great Wolf Lodge was when they were featured on Undercover Boss. And while that was quite some time ago, I believe that they’ve kept their standards high and in check with their beliefs. Their lifeguards are second to none and I have always felt like our kids are beyond safe while we’re playing at the Great Wolf Lodge properties.
And, that leads me to tell you that Great Wolfe Lodge provides Life Jackets for kids. They have several sizes available in case you don’t have one to bring. Or, of course you overpacked and have no more room in the car. (Like me – every.time.)
What’s the deal with the Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass?
One more tip that I have to offer about staying at Great Wolf Lodge is that there are so many activities that are free that you might not want to invest in the Paw Pass or the Pup Pass. While the passes are nice to direct you to all of the perks of the hotel, they almost give you too much to do to the point where you might not have enough time to enjoy the slides. If you’re staying for over three days and two nights, I’d recommend a Paw Pass or Pup Pass, or possibly if it’s your first time going.
Otherwise, I recommend looking over the free agenda the staff will give you at checkin. That has loads of fee things to do, including free crafts, more about story time, dance party, etc.
Do you know other ways to save at Great Wolf Lodge?
Have you been to a Great Wolf Lodge before? Do you have anything to add? I’m sure that I’ve forgotten some things, so please, leave a comment below or email me at [email protected] and I’d love to add any more tips to save at Great Wolf Lodge that I could have missed.