Great Wolf Lodge – Homeschool Days

Posted by Carmen Ledford on Friday May 11, 2012 Under Claire, Cobey, Homeschool, Kid's Corner, North Carolina, Travel

I just got back from Homeschool Days at Great Wolf Lodge.  This was our fifth or sixth stay at the Concord Lodge and we also have been to the Lodge in Williamsburg.  Although the kids had a good time and I enjoyed hanging out with the many families we invited along, this was the first visit that I was disappointed with. The biggest problem was the crowds. Usually, the beauty of homeschool days is they have low crowds. I was telling everyone how great the crowds would be and then we get there. They are having a Big Splash charity event. They had sold 400 tickets per day. It was 10 times as crowded as I have every seen it. I wish they would have picked another day or at least warned us. I would have chosen to come another time.  One of the benefits of homeschooling is being able to vacation when crowds are low.

There were a few other things that happen that were minor disappoints. They were small things but just not the standard that I have come to expect from GWL. The second day of our stay they did not replace the shampoos and things. I stay at a lot of hotels and you always get a fresh stash the next day.  With six people in our room, we ran out of body wash.  They could have kept the popcorn that I can’t eat because of my allergies and given me some more shampoo. I was also surprised when my friend went to the front desk to see if someone had turned in her child’s wolf tail that she lost during MagicQuest. They looked and said no. I can’t believe they did not offer to just give her another one. The other child had his candy stolen while he was playing a game in the arcade. Dare I say these things would not have happened at Disney or would have been handled differently.

We had  great customer service in the Moose Cottage for dinner and then by Mr. Slade in the bar the next day. Dinner by the way is reasonable when they have the Kids Eat Free option. The front desk was also good with check in. I thought the  lifeguards were still very attentive which is the most important part of their job. The staff was good on Wednesday in Club but seemed a little grumpy on Thursday. Claire could spend the entire day making projects in there if she had the money. She also enjoyed playing a round of putt putt with me. Cobey loved helping others with MagicQuest. Don’t get me wrong, we had a good time. If I had never been before then it may have even been great.  I had higher expectations because of previous visit. I would ask more questions before going back.

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