When you live in Oklahoma, it is pretty easy to visit the Great Wolf Lodge in Kansas City, Missouri or Grapevine, Texas. My family has been to both of these and here are some great comparisons so you can decide which is best for your next vacation.
Great Wolfe Lodge in Grapevine is a lot bigger facility. This means it has more water park rides, more places to eat and a few more things to do. It is also approx. $20 more per night to stay there. Personally, that extra cost is worth it.
Both have indoor water parks that are a lot of fun. Grapevine has a few more large slides than Kansas City. If you aren’t thrill seekers, this won’t matter to you. My youngest daughter was still too short for the large slides anyway when we went.
MagiQuest is at both parks, but in my opinion, it is better at Kansas City. You only have to climb up and down four stories instead of eight stories when you play this one. It is easier to do and takes less time meaning that your kids can fight the dragon even if you are there for a short stay. You don’t get as much exercise, but it is also easier for the parents to help out. You can see the kids running up and down from each level too which makes it a better place to let them do a bit of it on their own.
Kansas City offers miniature golf, which Grapevine doesn’t have, but it is outdoors so only open in the summer. Grapevine has a Lazer Frenzy and XD Theater that are not offered at the Kansas City Great Wolf. They both offer a spa for adults and children both.
Great Wolf Lodge in Texas has three places to eat. You can get food at the waterpark and a sit-down restaurant at both of them, but the one in Texas also has a huge buffet full of great food including make your own pasta, but this isn’t offered at Kansas City. The one in Texas also has a few more places to shop inside.
Texas has MagiQuest, ShadowQuest and Compass Quest. They do not have ShadowQuest in Kansas, but honestly, the kids don’t have time to do all of them unless you go all the time or are staying several nights. These are all interactive games where you run around the hotel to play.
Since we went, Grapevine has added a new ropes course to their facility. This is outside, so it is closed from December until March.
Personally, I feel like Kansas City might be better for people with small children. MagiQuest is easier, less big rides in the water park, and there are fewer places to lose your kiddos. The one in Grapevine is a bigger park, more things to do, more places to eat, and offers a better overall experience for the entire family. Either way, if you go to Great Wolf Lodge, you are going to have a blast! I can’t wait to plan our next trip.