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Great Wolf Lodge Washington Review

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Are you thinking about heading to Great Wolf Lodge Washington? You’re in the right place! I’ve got a review of the resort and what you need to know before you go!

Street sign for Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington

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Wolf Passes were provided complimentary to my family. All opinions are my own.

My family and I are big Great Wolf Lodge fans. In fact, we have been to three different locations in the last 6 months!

Our latest visit was to Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound Washington.

We have been on a National Parks tour this summer and decided that the state of Washington would be our next stop.

A child in front of a wooden bear with a sign that says Great Wolf Lodge

Our plan was to visit both Mount Rainier National Park and Olympic National Park.

After looking at the map, Great Wolf Lodge Washington happened to be a great central location for our stay.

About Great Wolf Lodge Washington

My kids like to describe Great Wolf Lodge as a cruise ship on the land.

It is seriously like a little city that has everything you need and so many things to do!

Lobby of Great Wolf Lodge Washington

Here is a little about our experience at Great Wolf Lodge Washington.

Find out about health and safety precautions at Great Wolf Lodge here.

Book A Room at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

Grand Bear Suite

There are tons of different room types to choose from.

Everything from standard hotel rooms, themed rooms with little cabins and bunk beds, and premium rooms.

Wall decoration in Grand Bear Suite

We wanted to have a little more room to spread out on this vacation, so we opted for the Grand Bear Suite.

As you enter the room, you will find an open closet with an ironing board, iron, and safe. 

Closet of Grand Bear Suite

Across from the closet is the first bathroom. This bathroom is a full bath with a tub/shower combination.

Full Bathroom Grand Bear Suite Great Wolf Lodge

A little further into the room next to the closet is the vanity for the bathroom. There is a large sink and mirror.

Sink and mirror in main room of Grand Bear Suite at Great Wolf Lodge

The Grand Bear Suite has two Queen sized beds with one nightstand in between. 

Queen Beds in a suite at Great Wolf Lodge

There is a large counter top with a microwave and a large television.

Under the microwave is a mini fridge, which was larger than what you find in most hotel rooms and really came in handy.

There were also 3 drawers available for storage.

TV, microwave, and mini fridge in a suite at Great Wolf Lodge

Next to the Queen beds is a half-wall that separates the beds from the living room/sitting area.

This are had a table with 3 chairs, a coffee table, a sleeper sofa, and a fireplace.

Living room of Grand Bear Suite at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington

As you walk through the doorway into the master bedroom, you will find a King size bed with two night stands. 

King bead inside master bedroom of Grand Bear Suite at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

There is also a smaller vanity for the half bathroom which has a toilet and a stand up shower.

Vanity and half bath in Grand Bear Suite at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

The room that we booked happened to have a sliding glass door that led out onto a balcony with two chairs and a table.

Sliding Glass door that leads to patio at Great Wolf Lodge

I really liked this room and don’t have any complaints except that I wish there had been some USB charging ports for all of our electronics, but we were able to manage 😉

Water Park

One of the many perks of staying at Great Wolf Lodge is the water park. It is not just a hotel pool with a slide, it is a legit water park!

A child next to a cartoon wolf at Great Wolf Lodge water park

And it is indoors so no need for sunscreen or to worry about the climate.

The water park is always a pleasant 84 degrees.

Towel Center inside water park

There is something for everyone in this water park, no matter what age and swimming ability.

Wave pool at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

My boys loved the large wave pool. It doesn’t get too deep, but with the waves, I felt more comfortable having my 6-year-old wear a life jacket.

Life jackets at Great Wolf Lodge Water Park

There is an area for little ones as well as a playground for smaller kids.

Kids water park area at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

My 6-year-old loved Fort Mackenzie which is a 4-story interactive treehouse complete with waterslides and a bucket that dumps water every few minutes!

Water playground at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

My older boys couldn’t get enough of the larger water slides, Alberta Falls, River Canyon Run, and Howlin’ Tornado!

Wolf Pass

There are many different attractions that will appeal to kids of all ages at Great Wolf Lodge.

Picking and choosing these activities can get expensive so a great way to save a little money and have all of the fun is to purchase them as a bundle.

Wolf Pass from Great Wolf Lodge

These packages have different levels that include more attractions as you move up. They are called a Pup Pass, a Paw Pass, and a Wolf Pass.

Types of passes at Great Wolf Lodge

My boys were given Wolf Passes to try out all of the fun at Great Wolf Lodge. Here is what was included with a Wolf Pass.

A boy with wolf ears and a wolf pass at Great Wolf Lodge

✔️ MagiQuest 

Each Wolf Pass entitles you to one game of MagiQuest and one MagiQuest standard wand. 

MagiQuest store at Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington

This attraction/game was my 10-year-old’s favorite part about Great Wolf Lodge. He was definitely in his element.

Two kids in the lobby of Great Wolf Lodge Washington

When you pick up your wand, your name is then linked. You are also given a booklet, which you will definitely want to hang on to, that will help you on your quests.

MagiQuest Wand and book

My boys were able to complete quite a few of the challenges and had a great time doing it.

A child with Wolf Ears and a wand playing MagiQuest at Great Wolf Lodge

They were given clues that sent them on a scavenger hunt throughout the resort.

MagiQuest area near elevator at Great Wolf Lodge

Each level has a name, which is helpful to know. A little cheat sheet is located at the front of the booklet to help you remember these things.

✔️ Build-A-Bear Workshop

Another favorite activity that is included with the Wolf Pass was making a new friend at Build-A-Bear Workshop, located on level 2 next to the pizzeria.

Build a Bear Workshop inside Great Wolf Lodge Washington

The kids are given a choice of which furry friend they want to create, then a helpful employee will put a heart in the animal.

Your child will then push a pedal with their foot that will help push the stuffing in.

A boy making a monkey stuffed animal at Build a Bear in Great Wolf Lodge

My boys loved it! There are also many different clothing options and accessories that you can purchase and the prices were actually pretty reasonable.

4 kids with newly made stuffed animals from Build a Bear

✔️ Northern Lights Arcade

Each Wolf Pass also includes 20 Paw Points at Northern Lights Arcade.

Arcade inside Great Wolf Lodge Washington

There are plenty of game choices and games that can help you earn prizes as well!

✔️ Great Wolf Candy Company

Your Wolf Pass will also allow you a trip to the Great Wolf Candy Company.

Cup of candy at the candy store in Great Wolf Lodge included with Wolf Pass

You will get a 12 ounce cup that you can fill with an assortment of bulk candies. There are so many options!

A wall of colorful bulk candy in the Great Wolf Candy Store

It was also fun to look around at all of the different candy options that are available for purchase.

We were really impressed by the giant Dum-Dums lollipops!

Candy from Great Wolf Lodge

✔️ Oliver’s Mining Co

Oliver’s Mining Co was a hit with my kids! With your Wolf Pass, you get to experience panning for jewels and minerals.

A boy standing in front of Oliver's Mining Co at Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington

Your child will be given a tray with a bag full of dirt. Hidden in the dirt are rocks, gems, and minerals.

Tray of mining equipment included with wolf pass at Great Wolf Lodge

After emptying the bag into the tray, your child can place the tray in the running water and allow the water to wash the dirt away, leaving all of the beautiful treasures!

A boy panning for gems at Great Wolf Lodge

The best part is that your child can keep all of the goodies they find!

Gems that you get to keep included with a wolf pass at Great Wolf Lodge

I also loved that they received an identification card where they could sort and find out the names of each of the rocks they found.

Card included with rocks to help kids identify them

✔️ Howl at the Moon Glow Golf

Mini golf is always fun for everyone! Howl at the Moon Glow Golf takes this up a notch by letting you golf in the dark!

Mini golf included with wolf pass at great wolf lodge washington

✔️ Great Wolf Lodge Swim Goggles

Your child will also get a set of Great Wolf Lodge Swim Goggles which are perfect to use at the water park!

Great Wolf Lodge swim goggles and wolf ears included with wolf pass

To claim your goggles, head to the Buckhorn Exchange Gift Shop by the lobby and present your Wolf Pass.

This is also where you can pick up your set of wolf ears that are included for each child on your reservation.

✔️ Bear Paw Sweets & Eats

With each Wolf Pass, you get one scoop of ice cream at Bear Paw Sweets & Eats.

My boys choose Rainbow Sherbet, Vanilla Bean, and Cookies & Cream.

Bear Paw Sweets & Eats ice cream shop inside Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington

My husband and I opted to get a Double-Scoop Sundae with chocolate ice cream, cookie dough ice cream, chocolate syrup, brownie pieces, waffle cone pieces, chocolate chip cookie pieces, whipped cream, and a cherry on top!

Ice Cream Sundae from Bear Paw Sweets & Eats at Great Wolf Lodge

Dining Options

Like I mentioned before, Great Wolf Lodge reminds me of a cruise ship. This is definitely true when it comes to dining.

Grizzly Rob's inside Great Wolf Lodge Washington's water park

There are many choices, you don’t every have to leave the resort! Here are some of the dining options we experienced.

Hungry as a Wolf

On the night we arrived, my boys immediately picked out where they wanted to get dinner. Hungry as a Wolf pizzeria!

Hungry as a Wolf Restaurant at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

While they were busy playing in the water park, I used the Great Wolf Lodge app to order pizza for us.

how to order pizza on the Great Wolf Lodge App

The app informed me that our order would be ready in about 20 minutes.

Just enough time to round up the kids, and pick up the pizza to enjoy in our hotel room.

Entrance to Hungry as a Wolf Restaurant

We ordered a pepperoni pizza, Signature 5-Cheese Pizza, and garlic cheese bread. Everything was delicious!

Pepperoni pizza from Hungry as a Wolf at Great Wolf Lodge

Lodge Wood Fired Grill

We also opted to order take out from Lodge Wood Fired Grill. The menu offers everything from seafood to steak and is a great place to grab dinner.

Lodge Wood Fire Grill at Great Wolf Lodge

My husband and I ordered the Spinach Artichoke Dip with tortilla chips, and the Spicy Shrimp Pasta. Check out the menu offerings here.

Spicy Shrimp Pasta, Spinach & Artichoke Dip, and tortilla chips from Lodge Wood Fire Grill at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

Buckets Incredible Craveables

We wanted to grab a bite to eat in the water park and Buckets Incredible Craveables fit the bill.

Buckets Incredible Craveables restaurant at Great Wolf Lodge Washington

We ordered the cheeseburgers, one with bacon 😉 as well as chicken tenders with a side of fries.

Bacon Cheeseburger from Great Wolf Lodge

All were a hit with my boys!

Chicken Tenders from Buckets Incredible Craveables at Great Wolf Lodge

The Loose Moose Cottage

The Loose Moose Cottage offers a daily breakfast buffet with some character interactions.

Its definitely a location you will want to visit at least once during your stay.

The Loose Moose Cottage Restaurant at Great Wolf Lodge

The breakfast choices range from eggs, bacon, and waffles, to fruit, yogurt, and granola. There really is something for everyone’s tastes.

Sign in front of Loose Moose Cottage at Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound, Washington

Great Wolf Lodge, Grand Mound Review

After experiencing all that Great Wolf Lodge had to offer, I will definitely be visiting again.

Entrance to Great Wolf Lodge Grand Mound,

The room, food, and entertainment were all great and provided a fun vacation for myself and my family!

View of Great Wolf Lodge in Washington

Let me know if you have any questions about our stay in the comments below.

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Tuesday 23rd of August 2022

I found my 2 night stay, too be awful. From only 4 towels - for 7 guests. No extra pillows - for couch bed, now extra bedding. Had to make our own bed. Bunk beds & queen mattress- all hard beds (kids complainted). Not enough elevator(s) for 8 floors. Person(s) with disabilities, are limited access. No ramps between hotel floors. Stairwells are dangerous for persons with walker(s), wheelchair, strollers, etc.

Staff failure to notify guest(s) when elevator(s) are being worked on. People in my group, waited over 1 her for elevator.

Family members sustained injuries from slips & falls in stairwells, water park & cabanas(s)

GWL staff was inconsistent with notifying guest of different deals, one-time offers, discounts.

Did your know? Then Guest in front of me was offered a deal for $15 in the Arcade. I was excluded from the offer (because staff did NOT offered the deals to me)

Crystal Abel

Tuesday 1st of March 2022

I am planing a trip to GWL in june and I wanted to stay at the lodge but after reading some of the reviews I'm a little worried about bed bugs. Your review was definetly helpful. You and your family did not have any problems as far as bed bugs go?


Monday 7th of March 2022

I read those reviews as well before our trip, but our room did not have an issue. (I checked as soon as we got there). Hope that helps!

Mary Thomson

Wednesday 29th of July 2020

Were covid-19 guide lines enforced at this location? My family has an upcoming trip nd I was just wondering.


Thursday 30th of July 2020

Masks were required in common areas and all employees were wearing them. I didn't see anyone enforcing this, but most guests were following the rules. There were also social distancing markers all over that were being followed as well. I felt safe there with my family.

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