Garden Grove Gets Ready For a Splashy Opening

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California is on schedule and on budget to open its doors to guests in March.

Great Wolf Resorts Inc.‘s $250 million resort in Garden Grove is on track for a spring 2016 opening, according to the hospitality and entertainment company. Called Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, the project comprises a 603-suite hotel and 105,000-square-foot water park.

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

Great Wolf Lodge Southern California

McWhinney , the project’s Colorado-based developer, began construction in May 2014. According to the Orange County Register, the resort will be Southern California’s first indoor water park and the largest of Great Wolf’s 14 facilities. Once operational, the venue is expected to employ about 650 people and generate an estimated $8 million annually in tax revenue for the city, more than any Garden Grove hotel.

Upon the resort’s completion, guests will have a choice of seven restaurants, including Bear Paw Sweets & Eats and Dunkin’ Donuts, as well as a bowling alley, miniature golf course, a spa for girls and an interactive scavenger hunt called MagiQuest. The largest of the hotel’s suites will accommodate up to 12 guests. Rates will vary from $260 to about $600 per night, depending on the suite and time of year.

The water park and its 565,000 gallons of water (less than it takes to fill an Olympic-size swimming pool) will be exclusively available to guests. According to Garden Grove officials, Great Wolf’s new resort will operate a state-of-the-art recycling system with mechanized pumps, filters and tanks that purify the water before circulating it back into the park’s common water areas.

Photo credits: McWhinney