Glacier Canyon Lodge
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Great Room, nice resort
We spent five days in a three bedroom premium unit at Glacier Canyon lodge in early January. We found the room to be extremely nice. The furniture was extremely comfortable and the plasma tv was fantastic. We really like having a full kitchen because we prefer to eat in as a family for some nights rather than eating out all the time. There were a few things I would change about the room however. The fireplace is not a real fireplace. It is a simulated fireplace that has fake electric flames produced by lightbulbs and a little space heater on the top to give the illusion that it is heating the room. I do not understand why the did not just put in a gas log fireplace. It would really be a great addition. They also only put one pot and one pan in the kitchen. When you are trying to cook a meal for eight people, one small pot and a small pan are not enough. I am giving it four stars because it appears that they were on the right track, but stopped just short.
The walk to the indoor waterparks is a nice hike, but not the huge trek that some people make it out to be. We enjoyed chatting on our walks and made it a family experience for ten minutes.
The Great Wave at the Wild Waterdome is a great wavepool for adults and teenagers, but the waves were too big for our 4 and 9 year olds. When the pool is crowded, it can get a bit dangerous with people flying everywhere. I had a person surfing on a tube crash into me and knock me underwater. They do have a large amount of lifeguards watching the pool, even though they were not that friendly. I think most are on an exchange program from Eastern Europe since many did not speak english very well. The Wild West Waterdome would be more fun if they added more slides rather than just the two tube slides it has. Kids can get bored here after about an hour or two due to a lack of variety.
The Wild West waterpark is fun as well. However, many of the interactive blasters and other play items in the waterplay structure were missing buttons or were inoperative. They need to add to the maintence budget. The Fantastic Voyage raft ride is a real kick, but they were only using two tubes. Waiting 20 mintutes for a 30 second ride got old after awhile. When we asked the lifeguard if they were going to add more rafts his response was " We are understaffed and do not have anyone that can blow up the other rafts with the compressor" It just seemed as if the customer service skills were lacking in the waterparks. They also had the CannonBowl slide shut down due to staffing issues. The body slides and the indoor/outdoor hot tubs at the Wild West were alot of fun.
The pottery place was alot of fun for our girls (and my wife for that matter). The selection of items was good, but the hours of 9AM-Noon seemed a bit short to me, but they enjoyed it. Our kids also enjoyed the arcade and the dry play areas.
Glacier Canyon lodge has very nice comfortable rooms for familes and the amenties at the Wilderness resort are nice. They just appear to be skimping on staffing and maintenance a bit. Unfortunately it is beginning to show. But overall, it was a nice experience. We will most likely stay in a condo at Great Wolf Lodge next time we return, but the Glacier Canyon Lodge is nice alternative.
Mi esposo, sus padres y yo nos quedamos en el Glacier Canyon Lodge por un fin de semana. Es un lugar bellísimo. Tenemos ganas de volver en unos meses. Todo era perfecto y accesible. Las habitaciones eran perfectas, con una chimenea, un televisor de pantalla plana, lavaplatos, estufa. Un lugar impresionante. ¿A quién no le gustaría quedarse aquí?
Will be back soon!!
My husband and I took his parents out for a weekend. We stayed at the Glacier Canyon Lodge. What a beautiful place. We can't wait to come back., in a few months. Everything was so nice and handy. The rooms were perfect with the fireplace, and flat screen TV, dishwasher, stove/oven. What an awesome place. Who would't like it here.
Wish We Stayed Longer!
Two families stayed next door to each other and had a 2-bdrm and a 3-bdrm. Our rooms/condos were great at a great price with everything you'd ever want. We requested units on the 2nd floor (skywalk level) as close to the skywalk as possible to limit the walking. This turned out to be a good move on our part because we had the first two units and didn't hear any noise from the hall. This was our first stay at the Wilderness complex and we we totally amazed at the friendly staff and good repair of everything (every game worked in the arcade!). The water parks were awesome and safe so we let our 8-17 yr olds run free. We can't wait to go back because we only stayed one night. Note call direct and check the rates they have so many new units coming on line I believe you can get a unit in Glacier Canyon for a great deal and less than the other Wilderness condos.
This place is great!!
We have stayed at Wilderness properties lots of times during the last few years but this new hotel is by far the best so far. It was spotlessly clean. The granite countertops and sinks give the room a rich look. Check-In time wasn't until 3pm but we were allowed into our room at noon. Check-in was quick and efficent. Our room had plenty of linens including extra pillows. Even though it was the busy Thanksgiving weekend, our room was extremely quiet--we heard nothing at night after we went to bed. We were greeted each am with a newspaper. Staff was friendly and quick to each request. Kids had a great time riding horses at the stable across the parking lot and also at the new Tanger Outlet Mall located 5 minutes away. KFC and Dominos both delivered within 20 minutes of our order. The only downside was lots of walking in getting to the indoor waterpark but the heated skywalk made this more pleasant. And...bring a coffee cup as the cups they provide in the room aren't for hot beverages. I would go for a room not on the 2nd floor as this is the main walkway of the hotel and can get noisy. Otherwise, check it out. You will be glad you did.
Great stay at Glacier Canyon Lodge!!!!
We just got back from staying at the new Glacier Canyon Lodge located on the Wilderness property. The condo had a full kitchen, flat panel TVs, and access to all the indoor water parks located at the Wilderness. We will stay here again
Friendly, beautiful, quiet
My family of 3 (2 adults and 5 year old) stayed at Glacier Canyon Lodge September 12 - 14, 2006. The standard fall rate for the Double Queen Premium was $89, but we upgraded to the One Bedroom Premium for $130 per night. We were glad we upgraded - the One Bedroom condo was amazing. It had a full kitchen, one bedroom with king bed, 1.5 bathrooms, 2 tvs including a flat screen above the fireplace in the living room, dining area and breakfast bar, and a murphy bed in the living room (a bed that folds down from the wall).
We stayed at Great Wolf Lodge for two nights prior and liked their waterpark better. The Wilderness has three indoor waterparks - Klondike Kavern, Wild Waterdome, and Wild West Waterpark (which was closed during our stay). Klondike Kavern is pretty worn. The mountain in the middle of the lazy river is dark and light fixtures were broken. The Wild Waterdome, however, was beautiful. The wave pool was larger than Great Wolf's and their indoor cabanas were beautiful. Our five year old loved the Mammoth water slide where he could ride in a large tube with us.
The outdoor waterparks were open during our stay from 11am-5pm, which surprised me since the resort was fairly empty and weather cold and rainy. The indoor waterparks closed between 8 and 9pm during our stay. Great Wolf's waterparks closed at 10pm. Also, Great Wolf is the only resort where the waterpark is exclusively for the guests of the resort. Wilderness and Kalahari sell day passes.
If you have children under 5, bring your stroller. This is the first vacation we did not bring our stroller and our 5 year old barely kept up. There is a lot of walking at this resort, since it is very spread out. The resort does offer a shuttle that operated between 8am and 11pm during our stay. Our condo was located on the second floor nearest to the walkway to the Wilderness and closest to Klondike Kavern. I'm sure we would have walked just as far if we'd stayed at Wilderness.
The Wilderness has an indoor play area called Dodge'em City with slides, tubes, and tunnels. My family enjoyed Great Wolf's Wiley's Woods much better. We spent about 4 hours at Wiley's Woods vs. 30 minutes at Dodge'em City.
Unfortunately, I had to check business email. Fortunately, the Wilderness had a guest services computer with complimentary access. They also had wireless access in the lobby.
We loved our condo at Glacier Canyon, but preferred Wiley's Woods and the waterparks at Great Wolf.
In August 2006, we took our family to the new Glacier Canyon Lodge which is connected to the Wilderness Resort. We absolutely loved the accommodations. We stayed in the 3 bedroom condo which was very spacious and had that nice, new feeling to it. The room was gorgeous with a full kitchen that was stocked with everything we could ever need. The rooms and bathrooms were beautiful! Slate floors and flat screen tv's!!! The hotel was very quite and we did not experience the noise that was talked about in other reviews. The room was cleaned very well and we did not have any problems with the maid staff. The elevators were nice and large and were easily able to accommodate our family and all of our luggage.
The hotel staff was very friendly and knowledgeable. The pool areas are nice and clean. The waterpark areas are HUGE! There are 3 indoor parks and numerous outdoor parks. The kids also loved playing at the Klondike Cavern once the pools closed. It's a nice area for them to expend some extra energy. I highly recommend Glacier Canyon.
Don't waste your time
We have been visiting the Wildneress for the past 7 years and have stayed almost at every property. So when a new one opened up we thought we would try it! Huge disappointment! These condos have paper thin walls!!! All night we heard water running, toilets flushing, people talking and music playing. Not very clean - bunk beds had someone else's hair clip under the cover making me think these sheets were not cleaned. Food on the floor in all corners of the condo. The shower would back up every time it was used.
The outdoor waterpark was nice but packed. Only one building of the condo's are finished and that left us wondering how more crazy it would be when they do open. People were coming over from the main hotel. When we would go over to the other water parks if you do this from the walk ways inside - prepare for a long walk! Also - most waterparks close at 7 !!!! Plan on trying to get early check in !!!
Also - don't bother asking anyone at any waterpark for directions. Hardly anyone speaks english and if they can - they have no idea where anything is either!!!!
From prior visits - Wilderness on the Lake our favorite !!!
Great stay! 8/6 - 8/9/2006
Just came back from the Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness in Wisconsin Dells. We had a double queen suite on the 4th floor overlooking the Lost World outdoor waterpark. The view was great. Check in was at 4:00 p.m. but we were able to get our room at 2:30 p.m. The decor in the room was really nice. Towels fluffy (not typical hotel room towels) and the beds very comfy. There are elevators. The hallways in the building were extra wide - wider than the Wilderness. The place is constantly being cleaned - I saw lots of cleaning staff in the hallways, pool areas, etc. I agree with another post that the food is outrageously expensive at the Wilderness (think Disney World prices) and not worth the money. The clientele at this hotel was really nice - nobody really running up and down the halls yelling (ok - maybe my own kids but they were reprimanded!) The walk to the waterparks at the Wilderness was a hike - BUT really not bad at all if you took the outside footbridge. I recommend this walk as you walk over a little creek and the view of the creek is nice. Chlorine smell in the indoor waterparks is pretty strong. Wild Waterdome wasn't bad but it is new so the ventilation is good. Lots of construction going on here but it did not affect us at all, couldn't even hear it. Pools closed too early. I would have expected them to stay open later.
This was our second stay here. We haven't had the problems that others encountered. We're already planning our winter trip!
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