Scottsdale Resort, Waterpark Unveils New Details as Project Nears Completion

Article originally posted on Phoenix Business Journal on April 11, 2019
Rendering of the 85,000-square-foot indoor water park inside the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona.

As the opening date gets closer, the Great Wolf Lodge Arizona has revealed more details about what can be expected at the resort slated to open near Scottsdale this October.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is currently under construction in the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District. The 350-room resort is expected to cost more than $100 million to build. Mortenson is the project’s builder, and Gensler is the architect.

Besides the hotel rooms, the new resort boasts an 85,000-square-foot indoor water park, which will feature 10 different attractions that range from toddler-specific play areas to a slide that includes a 20-foot free fall. It also will have an outdoor pool area set with cabanas and other resort amenities.

There also will be a 27,000-square-foot family entertainment center with a ropes course, climbing wall, miniature golf and Great Wolf Resorts’ signature interactive adventure game, MagiQuest. The resort includes eight different food-and-beverage options.

The family-focused hotel chain offers such a variety of amenities, guests don’t really have to leave the hotel while on vacation, said Brian Johnson, general manager of Great Wolf Lodge Arizona.

The resort will need to hire 450 employees, or as Great Wolf Lodge calls them: “pack members.” With the open date set for Oct. 17, hiring will take place in the summer.

Johnson was named GM earlier this month and already has started to put together his executive team. He has worked for Great Wolf Resorts for about a year and has history working in Arizona’s hospitality scene, holding roles at both the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess and Loews Ventana Canyon Resort.

This will be the 18th Great Wolf Lodge around the U.S. The average travel distance for a Great Wolf customer is three to four hours by car, said Jason Lasecki, Great Wolf Resorts’ director of corporate communications.

While there will be a focused ad campaign for Valley residents, as well as people in Tucson and Flagstaff, Lasecki said Great Wolf Lodge is looking to expand its reach for this location, going after families from Las Vegas, Albuquerque and Southern California.

Lasecki would not give specific numbers, but he said bookings for the Valley’s Great Wolf Resort are higher than any of their other new locations, even before it has opened.

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