DENVER—McWhinney, an experienced Colorado-based real estate investment, management, and development company, has announced the grand opening of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California, the state’s first indoor/outdoor water park. The 84-degree water park, located in Garden Grove, Calif., is the largest resort that Great Wolf Lodge has developed, featuring 943,000 square feet of water attractions, hotel rooms, retail, dining, parking, and conference space.
The all-suite resort in Southern California offers 603 rooms, designed with the resort’s youngest guests in mind. Suite accommodations include the kid-friendly themed Wolf Den and KidCabin suites offering bunk beds in a private sleeping area and larger suites with second bedrooms and bathrooms that can sleep six to eight people for multigenerational families traveling together.
The 13-acre family entertainment water park resort hotel is located off Harbor Blvd., situated two miles from Disneyland and the Anaheim Convention Center. The water park features 105,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor water attractions catered to all ages including splash zones and zero-depth-entry options, a wave pool, bodyboarding and flowboarding, in addition to the popular Mountain Edge Raceway, Howlin’ Tornado, and Wolf Tail for those seeking a super-fast thrill ride.
“We are excited to officially open the doors and provide families with a memorable experience under one roof,” said Chad McWhinney, CEO and co-founder of McWhinney. “Our partnership with Great Wolf and the city of Garden Grove has created more than 700 local jobs and serves as a true family destination in Southern California.”
The adventure for hotel guests continues with unique activities and interactive attractions throughout the resort. Amenities include seven onsite dining and grab-and-go options, 18,000 square feet of retail, and a 24-hour fitness center. Family activities offered include Howly Wood XD Theater, Howl at the Moon Glow Golf, Ten Paw Alley, Lazer Frenzy, Scooops Kid Spa, and MagiQuest, a one-of-a-kind interactive scavenger hunt game. Hotel guests complete their day by bringing the family together for Story Time each evening in the Grand Lobby.
The resort also offers 20,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, complete with a dedicated entrance at the conference room level, built-in audio/video technology, and customizable catering options led by a team of industry professionals.
The project broke ground on March 21, 2014 and was completed on time and under budget, opening on Feb. 19, 2016.