by Jennifer Lee | October 14, 2015

Just months away from its scheduled opening in early 2016, the Great Wolf Lodge Southern California in Garden Grove invited media to preview the new space while it is still under construction. A friendly welcome from Wiley the Wolf, the resort’s mascot, and opening remarks from representatives including Great Wolf Lodge General Manager Phillip Cunningham, Great Wolf Resorts CEO Ruben Rodriguez, Garden Grove City Manager Scott Stiles, Garden Grove Mayor Pro Tem Steve Jones and McWhinney CEO and Co-Founder Chad McWinney helped kick off the event.

With an emphasis on family destination travel, the Great Wolf Lodge provides business amenities for association groups as well as kid-friendly offerings. With 603 all-suite accommodations, a popular option for groups with children is the Wolf Den suite, which can sleep up to six and features a queen bed, full sofa sleeper and a themed “wolf den” complete with a set of bunk beds and a 32” flat-screen TV. Attractions and entertainment for both adults and children alike include the Northern Lights Arcade, Ten Paw Alley and MagiQuest, a live-action adventure game that can be played throughout the resort.

But perhaps the greatest attraction of all is the indoor water park, the brand’s largest such park. Totaling 105,000 square feet, the park contains 565,000 gallons of water, less than one Olympic-size swimming pool. Activities within the park include a wave pool, surf machine, lazy river and 14 water slides totaling more than 4,000 feet.

When it’s time for business, Great Wolf Lodge offers a conference center with a total of 21,000 square feet of meeting and banquet space that can be configured into 12 separate rooms. The 10,000-square-foot Redwood Ballroom, for example, can be divisible into five rooms. The pre-function space overlooks the water park, offering panoramic views of the aquatic attraction.

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  • 1. Wiley the Wolf
    Wiley the Wolf waved guests into the “living room” of the Great Wolf Lodge.
  • 2. General Manager Phillip Cunningham
    General Manger Phillip Cunningham provided opening remarks.
  • 3. Dunkin' Donuts
    The property will offer seven dining options, ranging from a la carte restaurants to buffet-style dining to a confectionary. A partnership with Dunkin’ Donuts will bring the sweet treats on-site.
  • 4. The Wolf Den
    The Wolf Den suite features a queen bed, a full sofa sleeper and a themed “wolf den” decked out with bunk beds and a flat-screen TV.
  • 5. Ten Paw Alley
    The Ten Paw Alley, with pint-sized bowling balls, is just one of the many attractions and entertainment that will be available at the resort.
  • 6. Indoor water park 2
    The 105,000-square-foot indoor water will feature a wave pool, surf machine, lazy river and 14 water slides.
  • 7. Meeting space
    A mock-up of the property’s meeting space, which will total 21,000 square feet.
  • 8. Redwood Ballroom
    The 10,000-square-foot Redwood Ballroom can be divided into five rooms.