Great Wolf Lodge Southern California Opening Down the Road from Disneyland

Just down the street from Disneyland is a bit of earth that will soon become Great Wolf Lodge Southern California!  The 13th, and largest, indoor waterpark resort will open in early 2016 in Garden Grove, California.  We attended the historic groundbreaking ceremony on May 21, 2014, and were able to get additional details on this new vacation destination.  Continue reading for more information on Great Wolf Lodge Southern California.

Update March 7, 2016

Click here for our review of all the family fun at Great Wolf Lodge Southern California during the grand opening weekend.

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Update September 25, 2015

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California hosted a hard hat tour for media, and released this video giving a peek at the new resort.  Use the Promo Code SOCAL to save 25% on stays at the resort beginning February 2016.

Original post from May 27, 2014 follows below…

Paw Prints define Great Wolf Lodge

Paw Prints define Great Wolf Lodge


The Great Wolf Lodge company certainly has personality, as evidenced by Wolf Ear adorned construction helmets and paw prints covering the ground.  We heard from several movers and shakers behind the project, including Great Wolf Lodge CEO Kim Schaffer, Mayor of Garden Grove Bruce Broadwater and CEO of McWhinney, Andy McWhinney.  The event culminated in a HOWL of celebration as shovels hit the dirt.

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Mayor Bruce Broadwater

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CEO of Great Wolf Lodge, Kim Schaffer




From Great Wolf Lodge’s Press Release

Great Wolf Lodge, North America’s largest family of indoor waterparks, and McWhinney Real Estate Services, officially broke ground on Great Wolf Lodge Southern California.  Located in the City of Garden Grove, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will be the brand’s largest resort and will soon provide new and memorable experiences for families traveling in the Golden State.

“As the leader in indoor waterpark resorts, we are thrilled to expand our brand into Southern California,” shared Kim Schaefer, chief executive officer, Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., “We are bringing a unique, year-round family entertainment destination to the market.  Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will feature the very best in family-focused vacations in a region synonymous with entertainment and family fun.”

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The centerpiece of the all-suite resort will be more than 100,000 square-feet of indoor waterpark fun.  With signature Great Wolf Lodge water rides and attractions, including the thrilling six-story Howlin’ Tornado; the amazing Wolf Tail slide, with its 360 degree loop; Slap Tail Pond wave pool and Fort Mackenzie – a multi-level interactive tree house with a 1,000 gallon tipping bucket – Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will offer fun for the whole family.

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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is wholly owned by GWGG, LLC, a joint venture between affiliates of McWhinney and Great Wolf Resorts, Inc.

“We are proud to partner with the respected team at Great Wolf Resorts to expand upon McWhinney’s strong history of developing properties in Southern California,” said Chad McWhinney, CEO and Co-Founder of McWhinney.  “We are honored by the opportunity to create a development of this caliber and serve the district’s community.”

Families will delight at the wide variety of entertainment offerings and amenities Great Wolf Lodge Southern California has to offer – all under one roof.  Attractions and activities include:

  • MagiQuest, a live-action, adventure game where kids use wands as they embark on quests throughout the resort, while battling dragons, collecting gold and saving  pixies;
  • Scooops Kid Spa, perfect for ice cream-themed manicures and pedicures;
  • Ten Paw Alley mini bowling;
  • Evening Story Time by the fireplace – a Great Wolf Lodge tradition bringing everyone together in the Grand Lobby each night.

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Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will also feature several dining options and food outlets, including the Lodge Wood Fired Grill restaurant and bar, Bear Paw Sweets & Eats confectionary café, Hungry as a Wolf handcrafted pizza and pasta, and Buckets Incredible Craveables, conveniently located inside the waterpark.

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After a fun-filled day, families can wind down in one of the resort’s Northwoods-themed suites.  Kids will love the unique cave-themed Wolf Den and log cabin-themed KidCabin suites created just for them.  Complete with bunk beds these room styles offer kids a private and cozy place to sleep after a fun-filled day.  Each of the more than 600 suites will comfortably accommodate at least six people and include an in-room refrigerator, microwave, and coffee maker.

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Access to Great Wolf Lodge Southern California’s indoor waterpark is free and exclusive to resort guests, providing great value and the perfect place for families to spend time together.

In addition to catering to leisure travelers, Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will boast more than 13,000 square feet of flexible meeting space.  Complete with a dedicated group entrance, built-in audio/video technology, customizable catering options and a world-class team of industry professionals, the resort’s conference center will provide an entirely new option for meeting planners to host groups.

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“The addition of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California brings a new reason to visit the region’s most popular tourist area,” said Garden Grove City Manager, Matt Fertal, “We are excited to have this unique attraction to call our own.”

The Grove District – Anaheim Resort offers a lively family destination with nine world-class hotels, several brand restaurants, and nearby shopping.  Located within a few miles from many major Southern California attractions, beaches, airports, and freeways; the Grove District also features convenient public transportation systems.  Great Wolf Lodge Southern California will be located on Harbor Boulevard and is expected to open in early 2016.

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About Richard & Sarah Woloski

Richard and Sarah Woloski are the co-hosts and creators of the Disney / Star Wars Podcast Skywalking Through Neverland. The husband and wife team strives to create a polished, positive and fun weekly show celebrating fandom. They also love writing for Adventures By Daddy. Find them @SkywalkingPod