New Attractions Announced for New Great Wolf Lodge; New Amenities and Attractions To Coincide with Name Change

SANDUSKY, Ohio--()--May 24, 2004--Great Wolf Lodge(R) in Sandusky, Ohio will be introducing more than a new name this summer. Guests visiting the former Great Bear Lodge(R) will have five more reasons to visit the northwoods themed indoor waterpark resort, including two new waterslides and a water based rock climbing wall for the big kids, plus a soft-play, aquatic treehouse for the younger thrill-seekers.

Indoor Waterpark Expansion New for Summer

Beginning this June, guests will scream with delight as they plunge down Otter Run, 300 linear feet of twisting, turning, dueling body slides. Guests can now slide down from the top of Fort Mackenzie, the four-story interactive treehouse waterfort known best for its 1,000 gallon tipping bucket. The 12 level water activity center is interconnected with suspension bridges, cargo nets and web crawls and features over 50 guest activated water effects.

To further the water adventure, guests can challenge themselves on Ohio's first state-of-the-art 25-foot tall Aqua Rock Wall. Two junior-sized and two adult-sized harnesses allow for a safe climbing experience for guests weighing 40-310 pounds. Textured hand holds are attached to the rocks to prevent slipping and will comfortably accommodate climbers with bare feet. Cost of a climb is $6.95, two climbs for $9.95 and unlimited climbs for $19.95.

Toddlers can explore Soak'n Oak Springs, this newly themed 16-foot interactive Soft Play Clubhouse will thrill the youngest guests with its slides and water squirting bear cubs. The Soft Play Clubhouse is sculpted of specially blended foam with a urethane outer coating, making it soft to the touch and offering an added layer of protection for younger children.

"These new attractions will appeal to a very broad age range," said Jeff Lococo, general manager. "We will continue to invest in exciting new amenities, and additional expansion plans are already on the drawing table for the near future."

Great New Amenities Already in Place

Owlbert is the new animatronic owl perched on a tree branch in the lobby diorama. Kids are entranced when he sings the "Rhythm of Nature" and spouts off nature facts teaching the importance of protecting the environment. He joins animatronic, Moose Mackenzie, and together they serenade guests with the song, "This Land is Your Land, This Land is My Land".

Northwood's Exposures, a high quality digital imaging photo center, will help guests capture their Lodge memories. Guests can have a family photo taken in the lobby and then have the option to purchase it at Northwood's Exposures. Guests can choose, for an additional charge, from various photo displays, including key chains, magnets, snow globes, photo frames and photo jackets.

The newly named Great Wolf Lodge, Ohio's first indoor waterpark resort, features 271 all-suite guest rooms with seven configurations to choose from; a 33,000 square-foot indoor waterpark; a 6,500 square-foot arcade and ticket redemption center; a 150-seat lumberjack-themed, family-style restaurant; a150-seat fishing lodge-themed grill/bar facility; a four-story atrium; over 5,000 square feet of meeting space; two gift shops; a 500 square-foot fitness center and more.

Great Wolf Lodge, Sandusky, Ohio is part of the World's Largest Family of Indoor Waterpark Resorts(TM) owned and operated by The Great Lakes Companies, Inc.(TM), Madison, Wis. Other resorts include: Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells, Wis.; Traverse City, Mich.; Kansas City, Kan.; Williamsburg, Va. and the Pocono Mountains, Pa.; and Blue Harbor Resort & Conference Center(TM), Sheboygan, Wis. Great Wolf Lodge, Niagara Falls, Ontario, is the first internationally licensed resort and is owned by an affiliate of Ripley Entertainment, Inc.

For more information or to make a reservation, call toll free 1-888-779-2327, or visit online at www.greatwolflodge.com.

Contacts

The Great Lakes Companies, Inc.
Erin Payne, 608-251-6400 ext. 175
or
Jennifer Beranek, 608-251-6400 ext. 154

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Contacts

The Great Lakes Companies, Inc.
Erin Payne, 608-251-6400 ext. 175
or
Jennifer Beranek, 608-251-6400 ext. 154