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The $100+ million 401 suite Great Wolf Lodge at 
Paramount's Kings Island Now Under Construction
MASON, Ohio - Aug. 18, 2005--Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. held an official groundbreaking ceremony today, commemorating construction of the $100+ million family resort destination being built adjacent to Paramount's Kings Island. The four-story, log-sided, northwoods themed resort is scheduled to open in late 2006. 

Once complete, the 401-suite Great Wolf Lodge will feature a gigantic, year-round, indoor waterpark standing 90-feet tall from floor to ceiling. The 84-degree waterpark will house six pools, a four-story interactive treehouse waterfort with a 1,000-gallon tipping bucket at the top, and 11 waterslides with the latest trends in water attractions including a water roller coaster ride and a cannon bowl tube ride. 


"Great Wolf Lodge will be a first-class, year-round destination with one of the world's largest indoor waterparks, located next to the world's #1 seasonal theme park," said Kim Schaefer, chief operating officer for parent company, Great Wolf Resorts. "Who wouldn't want to come to Mason, Ohio and visit the ultimate family getaway?" 

The resort amenities will also include two themed family restaurants; an Aveda(R) Concept Spa; children's craft and activity room; 100-game arcade with ticket redemption center; fitness room; confectionery cafe; gift shop and a 40,000 square-foot conference facility. 

Great Wolf Lodge plans to be fully integrated with Paramount's Kings Island through connecting tram service, cross-promotions and special combination resort/theme park packages. The synergy between the lodge and the theme park is expected to enhance visitor entertainment options and convenience, increasing overall visitor satisfaction and value. 

"I look forward with great anticipation to the opening of Great Wolf Lodge in Mason," said City of Mason Mayor Peter Beck. "Great Wolf Lodge with all its amenities will bring further excitement and attention to the City of Mason and to Warren County as a year-round family tourism destination point. This unique, one of a kind facility will also attract the convention business and the business traveler and it will create a variety of new jobs for our area." 

This will be the second Great Wolf Lodge in Ohio. The first opened in Sandusky as Ohio's first indoor waterpark resort. For more information visit or call 1.800.913.WOLF (9653). 

Great Wolf Resorts Backgrounder 

Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.(TM) (NASDAQ:WOLF) is the leader in indoor waterpark destination resorts and owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge(R) and Blue Harbor Resort(TM) 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. (scheduled to open in October, 2005); Niagara Falls, Ontario, (scheduled to open in spring 2006); Mason, Ohio (scheduled to open in late 2006); Chehalis, Wash. (scheduled to open in late 2006); and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wis. 

The company's resorts are family-oriented destination facilities that generally feature 300 - 400 rooms and a colossal indoor entertainment area measuring 40,000 - 100,000 square feet. The all-suite properties offer a variety of room styles, arcade/game rooms, fitness rooms, themed restaurants, spas, supervised children's activities and other amenities. Additional information may be found on the company's web site at 

Paramount Parks Backgrounder 

Paramount Parks is a leading developer and operator of world-class theme parks and location-based attractions, entertaining more than 13 million guests annually. The company currently owns and operates five of the most popular theme parks in North America. In addition to Paramount's Kings Island, the company owns Paramount Canada's Wonderland (Toronto, Ontario, Canada); Paramount's Carowinds (Charlotte, N.C.); Paramount's Great America (Santa Clara, Calif.); and Paramount's Kings Dominion (Richmond, Va.). The company also developed and manages the award-winning STAR TREK: The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton (Las Vegas, Nev.) and manages Bonfante Gardens horticultural theme park (Gilroy, Calif.) and CBS Television City at the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino (Las Vegas, Nev.). 


Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Erin Ruppenthal, 608-661-4775

Also See: Great Wolf Resorts Reports First-Quarter 2005 Net Loss of $2.3 million, Estimating Full Year 2005 Net Income of $5 to $8 million; Hotel Operating Statistics / May 2005
A Great Wolf Resort with 404 suites, 75,000-sq ft Indoor Water Park and 40,000-sq ft Conference Center Planned for Paramounts Kings Island near Cincinnati / May 2005
Operator of Five Water Park Hotels, Great Wolf Resorts Inc. Blames $2.5 million 2nd Qtr Loss on Competition / July 2005
Kimberly Schaefer Named Chief Operating Officer for Great Wolf Resorts / March 2005

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