According to several Orlando articles, the family getaway resort, Great Wolf Lodge, is looking to build in Florida. Not only are they looking to branch out in the South, but they are looking to take their brand of family vacations right to the doorstep of one of the biggest tourist destinations in the world, Walt Disney World. New plans and proposals have been found, and Great Wolf Lodge could very well have their 15th resort in Central Florida.
Great Wolf Lodge is in negotiations to purchase a 50 acre parcel of land, directly across I-4 near Disney Springs. The plans call for an 800 room resort to be built. So, why is Great Wolf Lodge a big deal? It’s pretty much an all inclusive resort, geared directly at families of all ages. They are best known for their indoor waterparks, and MagiQuest attractions.
There are 13 Great Wolf Lodge locations in various locations throughout North America, including the United States and Canada. The next Great Wolf Lodge is set to open in 2016, in Southern California. We recently had the chance to tour the new facility, and get a sneak peek at the new hotel, which will begin stays in February.
Video-Go on a tour of Great Wolf Lodge Southern California
Great Wolf Lodge also has resorts with mini-golf, indoor rope courses, and multiple restaurants, making it one stop destination. If the resort opens, specifically with an indoor waterpark, it will be only the second indoor waterpark in the state. The first is Coco Key Resort on International Drive in Orlando, which isn’t as much indoors as it is a covered waterpark. Most of the Great Wolf locations are located in the northern parts of the country, where an indoor waterpark means that the fun can continue year round. In Florida, the new waterpark would mean that guests could possibly continue to play during afternoon thunderstorms, safety permitting.
The other thing that this means is that if Great Wolf is approved, and builds, Disney could be forced into pushing for a third waterpark. Universal Orlando is closing Wet n Wild on International Drive at the end of 2016, but they are building the all new Volcano Bay waterpark, which promises to be one of the biggest and most elaborate themed waterparks in Florida. Aquatica is also rumored to build an expansion onto their existing property. With Great Wolf having the indoor advantage, and in such close proximity to Disney Springs, Disney could be looking to keep their share of the watepark market by adding a third waterpark to their already stellar line up.