Arizona’s first Great Wolf Lodge will be opening on September 18 with 350 guestrooms and an 85,000-square-foot heated indoor water park with slides, raft rides, activity pools, and splash zones.
A highlight of the property is a first-of-its-kind, four-person, high-speed raft ride called Diamondback Drop. Filled with serpentine curves and high-bank thrills, the slide literally drops riders into overlapping 360-degree coils before plunging into the belly of the snake, a high-bank funnel that will have them sloshing from side-to-side.
“Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be the first waterpark in the world to offer this slide, and we think families will absolutely love this thrilling new addition,” said Hennessy. “This new, daring Diamondback Drop slide will even further fuel the level of anticipation for our new resort, which is already extremely high. The pace of bookings is the fastest we’ve ever experienced for a new resort.”
Other features include the Talking Stick Treehouse, an interactive water play structure with a massive tipping bucket that cascades down 1,000 gallons of water every three to four minutes, and the River Canyon Run raft ride. Thrill seekers can test their mettle on Wolf Tail as the floor drops out from underneath, sending riders into a nearly vertical 20-foot free fall followed by a 360-degree loop.
Beyond the water park, Great Wolf Lodge Arizona includes a 27,000-square-foot family entertainment center known as the Great Wolf Adventure Park; MagiQuest, a live-action adventure game, the Howlers Peak Ropes Course; Howl In One Miniature Golf; Ten Paw Alley family bowling and the Northern Lights Arcade.
Complimentary kid’s activities include Yoga Tails, a fyoga class set to engaging stories; crafts; and interactive science experiments. Families can don their PJs and gather at the end of their fun-filled day for StoryTime in the lobby, a nightly gathering that culminates with a dance party.
The property includes a variety of suite options that will suit the needs of any size family. There are family suites that sleep five in two queen-sized beds and a pull-out twin sofa sleeper to premium suites that sleep up to 13 with separate bedrooms and bathrooms. The resort also features themed suites, including the popular KidCabin Suite and Wolf Den Suite. These suites offer a unique family-friendly configuration including a separate, themed sleeping area for the kids complete with bunk beds, wall murals, TVs, and other fun surprises.
Dining options include one of the company’s newer restaurant concepts, Barnwood, that offers more of an elevated dining experience with dishes using local ingredients and a menu that changes seasonally. To assist families with food allergies, all kitchen facilities at Great Wolf Lodge are peanut and tree nut free, and special dietary requests can be submitted before arriving to the resort.