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Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. Developing a 400-suite Great Wolf Lodge
in Grapevine, Texas Across from the Gaylord Texan
Will Include 80,000 sq ft Year-round Waterpark
MADISON, Wis - Sept. 13, 2005 -- Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. (NASDAQ:WOLF), the nation's largest owner, operator and developer of drive-to family resorts featuring indoor waterparks and other family-oriented entertainment activities, today announced intentions to develop a Great Wolf Lodge resort in Grapevine, Texas. 

The northwoods themed, six-story, approximately 400-suite resort will provide a comprehensive package of first-class destination lodging amenities and activities. Amenities will include an 80,000 square-foot indoor entertainment area featuring a year-round waterpark, arcade, Aveda® Concept Spa, and fitness room. The resort will also have multiple family restaurants, a gift emporium, confectionery, outdoor recreation area and more. Construction on the approximately 400,000 square-foot building is scheduled to begin spring 2006 with a grand opening slated for summer/fall 2007. 

Great Wolf Lodge will be developed in the northern suburbs of both Dallas and Forth Worth, near the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, at the intersection of State Highway 26 and Business 114 across from the Gaylord Texan. 

"The central location near Dallas and Fort Worth, and adjacent to the DFW Airport makes Grapevine a very strategic location in this region," said John Emery, Great Wolf Resorts' chief executive officer. "This location has a higher population within a 60-mile radius than any existing Great Wolf Lodge property and the combined Dallas and Fort Worth region is the 7th largest market area in the United States. Great Wolf Lodge will complement Grapevine as an emerging upscale entertainment destination." 

Great Wolf Lodge in Grapevine adds to an already robust development schedule for Great Wolf Resorts. Current projects under construction or in pre-development include: 

  • Pocono Mountains, Pa - 401-suite resort, opening October 2005.
  • Wisconsin Dells, Wis. - waterpark expansion, target opening March 2006.
  • Niagara Falls, Ontario - 404-suite resort, target opening spring 2006.
  • Williamsburg, Va. - approx.100-suite expansion, target opening late 2006.
  • Mason, Ohio - 401-suite resort and a 40,000 sq. ft. conference center, target opening late 2006.
  • Chehalis, Wash. - 317-suite resort and a 30,000 sq. ft. conference center, target opening spring 2007.
  • Grapevine, Texas - approx. 400-suite resort, target opening summer/fall 2007. 
"The joint venture between Great Wolf Resorts and The Confederated Tribes of the Chehalis Reservation has revised the expected opening date for Great Wolf Lodge in Chehalis to reflect a change in timing of the transfer of land to trust by the Bureau of Indian Affairs," said Emery. "Our development pipeline of potential projects remains strong and we expect to announce several additional resorts for openings in 2007 and 2008." 

Great Wolf Resorts Backgrounder 
Madison, Wis. - based Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.(TM) is the leader in indoor waterpark destination resorts and owns and operates its family resorts under the Great Wolf Lodge® 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.; and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center in Sheboygan, Wis.


     Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.
Erin Ruppenthal

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
Operator of Five Water Park Hotels, Great Wolf Resorts Inc. Blames $2.5 million 2nd Qtr Loss on Competition / July 2005


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