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We Went There: What Great Wolf Lodge has on Water Park of America

We tested the water.

Water Park of America closed in January for a 10-month, $30 million remodel. 

It reopened Tuesday as Great Wolf Lodge, which you might be familiar with. This is the 15th Great Wolf location, with the next closest being in the Wisconsin Dells. 

Overall, the former Radisson hotel and water park have undergone a major makeover. But some things are very familiar. 

Wiley's Waterpark

Wiley is the name of the wolf mascot who basically owns the place – so if people in big, masked animal costumes freak you out, you've been warned. 

Otherwise, it's still basically Water Park of America. 

In the 75,000 square-foot space, you've still got the lazy river, a wave pool, indoor surfing, kids area and giant waterslides. 

The big raft ride got a technology facelift. Guests will be able to pick a ride theme (like snow or rain storm) and that theme will be played out via lights and sound and you splash down the slide.

There's a new bar inside the water park where you can dry off to a nice adult beverage, giving it more of a resort-feel. 

What's really different is you can only use the water park if you're a hotel guest. Which is nice if you don't like lines, but kind of frustrating if you're a local who just wants to play in the park. 

Water Park of America used to sell day passes for $20-$40 bucks, depending on the day. 

You can see more in the video above. 

Good, dry fun

There's some new waterless fun, too.

Step into Great Wolf Adventure Park and you'll find an intimidating indoor ropes course. I admit, I didn't try it because it freaked me out. 

There's also mini bowling, a tall rock wall, Great Wolf's popular MagiQuest, a kids' spa, and – of course – that giant arcade that's not just for kids. 

For the little ones, there's all sorts of special activities, including morning yoga and even nighttime shows to wind them down for sleep. 

Oh, and there's a Wine Down service for adults. Basically, they'll bring you wine and treats to get you ready for bed, too. 

If you come during the holidays, Great Wolf team members say they'll go all out on the decorations. Starting next year, they'll have a Halloween trick-or-treat trail, and a winter snow land with Santa and bubble machines. 

The rooms

Great Wolf spruced up the 404 former Radisson suites (no pun intended, but they're all pretty woodsy looking). 

There are over a dozen different room styles that fit six, nine, or 12 people. 

And if you're wondering what's the cheapest way to get a room for the sake of water park access, we crunched those numbers. 

Your best bet is to get the Grizzly Family Suite – which fits up to 12 people – but only bring eight guests. That brings the average room rate to $339, or $42.50 per person. 

It gets more expensive with more or fewer guests in that room.

Otherwise you can put eight guests in the Northwoods Suite for $43.75 each. 

The cheapest standard room is the Deluxe Bunk Bed Suite which fits four people for $199, or six people for $299.

The room prices vary depending on the day of the week and time of the year. You can check prices here, and find discounts here

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