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Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. Opens Tenth Location, the 390
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington
|GRAND MOUND, Wash. - April 28, 2008 - The indoor waterpark
craze has officially found its way to the West Coast, with tonight’s grand
opening of Great Wolf Lodge® in Grand Mound, Wash. a spectacle worthy
of the growing reputation of Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.®, the destination
hotel’s parent company headquartered in Wisconsin. Great Wolf Lodge Grand
Mound is a partnership with The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation.
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound
20500 Old Highway 99, SW
Grand Mound, Washington
Dubbed the “VIF” (“Very Important Family”) Celebration, resort staff made certain this grand opening would be an evening to remember. The highlight of the evening was a live concert by Radio Disney artist Jordan Pruitt, best known for her tours with the Cheetah Girls and High School Musical: The Concert, who also signed autographs for resort guests. Additional grand opening festivities included a family-style dinner, self-guided tours of the resort’s amenities, and a colorful beach ball drop.
The festivities continued in the waterpark, with guests enjoying all the rides, slides, and splashdowns offered in Bear Track Landing™, the signature 60,000 square-foot indoor waterpark.
Derrek Kinzel, general manager of the resort, explained that Great Wolf Lodge had a “soft opening” a few weeks ago, but tonight’s bash marked the official grand opening and entrance into the Pacific Northwest community.
“If there’s one thing we do very well it’s to celebrate life’s occasions, both big and small. This was a big occasion for us, to bring our brand of waterpark fun to this region of the country,” said Kinzel.
In turn, the welcome given by area residents and businesspeople to the Great Wolf Lodge family has been remarkable, acknowledged John Emery, CEO of Great Wolf Resorts.
“We pride ourselves on serving up genuine hospitality, and we’ve been honored to receive that in return from everyone in the community,” said Emery.
Resort guests were also able to tour the property to see the various amenities. Amenities of the resort include the Elements™ Spa, featuring a full menu of Aveda® treatments including facials, massages, and wraps. For the 12-and-under set, Great Wolf Lodge features a spa designed just for kids. Called Scooops® Kid Spa, it offers ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures.
The resort also has a children’s craft and activity center and an arcade with more than 100 videogames. Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound features a new attraction called “gr8_space™”, a tech center with Internet stations, movies, and musical entertainment aimed at the tween and teen crowds. Scheduled to open later this summer is MagiQuest, a live-action, fantasy adventure game.
The lodge includes almost 400 northwoods-themed suites, many offering in-room forts for the kids complete with bunk beds. The largest sleeps up to eight people, with several suites featuring fireplaces, lofts, balconies, and whirlpool tubs. All suites feature in-room microwaves and refrigerators.
Guests also have several dining options onsite. There are two sit-down restaurants: Camp Critter Bar & Grille™ and The Loose Moose Cottage™, as well as quick service options like Pizza Hut Express® and Starbucks®, plus the resort’s own Bear Claw Café™ confectionary and Spirit Island™ Snack Shop.
Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound is located at the intersection of I-5 and US-12 on Old Highway 99 between Seattle and Portland. Resort information, including special rates, can be found online at www.greatwolf.com or by calling 1.800.640.WOLF (9653).
About Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.® (NASDAQ: WOLF), Madison, Wis., is North America’s largest family of indoor waterpark resorts, and, through its subsidiaries and affiliates, 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.; Niagara Falls, Ontario; Mason, Ohio; Grapevine, Texas; and Grand Mound, Wash.; and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, N.C is currently under construction.
The company’s resorts are family-oriented destination facilities that generally feature 300 to 400 rooms and a large indoor entertainment area measuring 40,000 to 100,000 square feet. The all-suite properties offer a variety of room styles, arcade/game rooms, fitness centers, themed restaurants, spas, supervised children’s activities and other amenities. Additional information may be found on the company’s Web site at http://www.greatwolf.com/.
Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
|Also See:||Great Wolf Resorts Joint Ventures with The Chehalis Indians to Build $80 million Indoor Waterpark Resort Mid-way between Portland and Seattle / June 2005|
|Chehalis Tribe and Great Wolf Resorts Plan Expanded Number of Guest Suites and Amenities from Original Plan for the Grand Mound, Washington Great Wolf Lodge / September 2006|