Friendly, beautiful, quiet A review of Glacier Canyon Lodge
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.