My two girls, ages 4 and 9 had a wonderful time although the noise and crowds overwhelmed the little one. This was our first trip to the Dells and was during Spring Break. The hotel was at capacity. I think the crowds were generally better behaved than I have seen at smaller waterparks; considering the throngs of people there wasn't a riff-raff factor. While the water attractions were great, the layout of the place is simply stupid. Going from building to building involves finding corridors literally hidden behind the backs of shops and lobbies. The corridors are very narrow and you have to walk single file so oncoming people can pass. And I can't get over how the entrances to these million dollar waterparks were nothing but a set of unattended, unmarked double doors off the hotel hallways. Like you're going into a laundry room. One of the parks requires you go down a slippery staircase single file - I got ketchup on some guy's butt because I was carrying fries up while holding little one's hand and he got a little too close on the way down. There are traffic jams all over the waterparks too... just no room for more than two people to walk. The lobbies were dark and tiny. Our first impression upon entering this gigantic facility was "this is IT?" I have seen more inspiring lobby spaces at the Sleep Inn.
Of course the kids don't notice that kind of stuff.
The walking was as bad as everyone says but we did find the shuttle service to be convenient.
Also we never had a table or chair for our entire stay at any of the attractions. When will waterparks find a way for everyone to have a place to sit when they need and not feel compelled to reserve tables with towels so that nobody else can use them even though the tables are empty for hours?
I recommend the pottery painting, it was fun and the pottery came out very nice.
Our room was clean and the staff was fine. We mostly ate our own food. Finally, the water destroyed my girls' swimsuits. Totally bleached them out. They had cheaper Target suits. My Lands End suits seemed to survive. But do not try to wear anything really nice in those pools.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Come play the day away in America's largest waterpark resort! The Wilderness has 4 indoor and 4 outdoor water parks totaling nearly 500,000 square feet (that is over 12 football fields of water fun!) We also have two indoor, 3-D, black light mini golf courses; outdoor mini golf; zip lining; go-karts; laser tag; Wild Rock Championship Golf Club; and award-winning spa services at Sundara Spa. Amazing lodging options include Wilderness themed guest rooms, condos, villas and cabins. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Wilderness Resort Wisconsin Dells
- Wilderness Hotel Wisconsin Dells
- Wilderness Wisconsin Dells
- Wilderness Wi Dells
- Wilderness Resort Wi Dells
- Resort Wilderness Wisconsin