Huge Great Wolf Lodge in Florida to open, but not in Orlando

In an intriguing turn of events, Great Wolf Lodge, renowned for its inviting rustic charm and expansive indoor water parks, is setting its sights on Florida for its latest expansion.

However, contrary to initial expectations, this new addition to the Great Wolf family will not be located in Orlando, despite the company’s previous purchase of 50 acres near Walt Disney World in 2016. Instead, the renowned resort and water park chain is bringing its adventurous spirit to Naples, marking a significant milestone in its journey.

Scheduled to open its doors on September 25, with a grand celebration planned for October 1, the Great Wolf Lodge South Florida is currently under construction.

This new resort will grace a 20-acre site near Interstate 75 along Florida’s picturesque southwest coast, deviating from the anticipated Orlando location. This strategic choice showcases the brand’s commitment to expanding its unique blend of family-friendly entertainment and lodging across different regions.

The new resort will join the ranks as the 21st Great Wolf Lodge in North America and is set to feature 500 guest suites alongside a nearly 100,000-square-foot water park. In addition, visitors can look forward to a 60,000-square-foot entertainment center designed to offer endless fun and engagement for families. From thrilling water slides to engaging interactive activities, the resort promises a comprehensive experience that caters to guests of all ages.

Great Wolf Lodge is celebrated for its signature indoor water parks, where the temperature is maintained at a comfortable 84 degrees year-round. This consistent, climate-controlled environment ensures that the water park is an ideal retreat regardless of the weather outside, offering a perfect escape from the rainy days in the Sun Belt or the chilly winters in the Northeast.

As Jason Bays, the General Manager for Great Wolf Lodge South Florida, highlighted in an interview with the Orlando Sentinel, the brand’s appeal is strong and universal, transcending regional climate variations.

The original plot of land acquired by Great Wolf Lodge in Orlando, situated across Interstate 4 from Disney Springs, was initially intended for an 800-room lodge. However, this site has since been sold to AIC Hotel Group, which plans to develop four hotels in its stead. This shift in location underscores a strategic pivot in the company’s expansion approach, focusing on new opportunities and markets.

The Naples resort is set to feature a plethora of water attractions, including the Rapid Racer tube-racing slide, Otter Cave Waterworks, Crooked Creek lazy river, Slap Tail Pond wave pool, and the family-friendly River Canyon Run raft ride. Additionally, adults can unwind in the North Hot Springs, an exclusive hot tub area, adding a touch of relaxation to the adventure-filled environment.

Beyond the water park, guests will have access to a variety of entertainment options, including bowling, miniature golf, and an extensive arcade. One of the unique features is MagiQuest, an interactive adventure where guests use a magic wand to activate special effects throughout the resort, enhancing the magical experience.

Reservations for Great Wolf Lodge South Florida are now open, with family suites starting at $152 per night, inclusive of water park passes. This new development represents a significant addition to the Great Wolf Lodge portfolio, promising a unique and memorable getaway for families seeking adventure and relaxation in the Sunshine State.