So I am someone who loves a Deal but buying packages has to Financially make sense for me or I am not interested so before buying the Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass I did some research into its true VALUE! So if you are wondering if the Paw Pass at Great Wolf Lodge is worth it you are not the only one as it is a common question I see in Facebook groups and the top question I had when we arrived as my daughter wanted the wand for Magiquest and I knew it was part of the Great Wolf Paw Pass.
In my opinion, the Paw Passes at Great Wolf Lodge are a great addition to your waterpark stay and offer lots of entertainment options when the kids are tired of the waterpark, especially little ones under 6 who get tired of the waterpark – my daughter who is 3.5 lasted about 3-4 hours in the Waterpark each day and then was EXHAUSTED! By the end of this post you will understand what the Paw Pass includes, how much the Paw Pass costs, what age would enjoy the Paw Pass, and why we choose to get the Paw Pass. With this information you will be able to make the best choice for your Family about the Paw Pass at Great Wold Lodge Niagara Falls.
Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls
What do you get when you are already staying at Great Wolf Lodge?
-> Great Wolf Kids Character Meets: Come visit The Great Wolf Kids in Grand Living Room daily, and don’t forget your camera! Check out our event listing for Meet & Greet times. Meet Wiley the Wolf, Violet, Oliver, Rachel, Brinley, Sammy, and the other Great Wolf Kids can be found during daily Character Meet Ups.
-> Yoga Tails: Every morning start your day with stretches during Morning Yoga. Each child has their own yoga mat and their own space and follows along with the Yoga instructor as they show different poster cards of Yoga positions including: Tree, Tabletop, Eagle, Happy Baby, and more.
-> Story Time: Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls offers a 7 and 8pm storytime, so grab your pyjamas and join the Northwoods characters for a bedtime story. Come early to grab a mat to ensure physical distancing, each family will have their own designated space.
-> Cub Club: Get messy and allow the kids to enjoy creative activities including painting piggy banks, colour a pillow case, magnets or t-shirt, to create their own souvenirs.
-> Magiquest Knighting Ceremony: Kids meet in the Grand Lobby with their wands to be knighted.
-> Forest Friends Show: Welcome to the Northwoods Forest, come and meet Mo the Moose, Mama Bear, and all the other Northwood animals as they sing, chat and tell their adventures. Don’t forget to wear your wolf ears!
-> Special Events: This are seasonal, while I was there they offered Trick or Treat trail which consisted of 3 stops to collect treats and a short walk through the Spa which was decorated as a haunted house. They also had a costume parade, learn more about Howl-o-ween at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls.
What costs extra at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls?
Great Wolf Lodge offers many extras to make your stay special and thats where the Paw Pass comes in as it save up to 48% by packaging popular attractions together. Extra costs include: stuffing station, mini golf, bowling, arcade play, MagiQuest, Paint your own at Cub club. If you want to enjoy some or all of these activities you will want to keep reading why the Paw Pass might be the right fit for your family.
What’s Included in the Paw Pass at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls?
- One MagiQuest game and choice of classic wand or topper
- One Animal at Great Wolf Stuffing Station
- 30 Paw Points at Northern Lights Arcade
- Your choice of two games of bowling or one game of mini golf
- One digital Paw Prints water slide photo
- 1/4 lb. Fudge from Bear Claw Cafe
- One Colour-Your-Own item in Cub Club
- One pair of Wolf Ears from Trading Post Gift Shop
Packages are subject to availability and can change at any time.
How Much does the Paw Pass Cost at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls?
The Paw Pass costs $69.99 per package plus TAX for a total of $79 so it is definetly an investment. This package saves you 48% if you were to pay for each item seperately. You can get a Paw Pass at the Trading Post Gift Shop or the Front Desk.
Whats the TRUE VALUE of The Great Wolf Lodge Paw Pass in Niagara Falls?
- One MagiQuest game and choice of classic wand or topper ($19.99 plus tax = 22.50 VALUE)
- One Animal at Great Wolf Stuffing Station ($29.99 plus tax = $33.88 VALUE) *outfit not included
- 30 Paw Points at Northern Lights Arcade ($10 VALUE)
- Your choice of two games of bowling or one game of mini golf ($7.99 a game plus tax = $9 VALUE for Mini Golf or $18 VALUE FOR 5 PIN BOWLING)
- One digital Paw Prints water slide photo ($10 VALUE)
- 1/4 lb. Fudge from Bear Claw Cafe ($5 VALUE)
- One Colour-Your-Own item in Cub Club (There were options for this Pillow Case which was $18 VALUE, Ceramic Wolf Banks was $15 VALUE or Magnets 2 for $8 VALUE)
- One pair of Wolf Ears from Trading Post Gift Shop ($5.65 VALUE)
So in total everything separately would have added to $113 for us – My daughter choose 2 Games of Bowling which was the higher value than one game of Mini Golf but she also choose the Magnets at the Cub Club which was the lowest value. If you choose all of the highest value options the package is worth about $123.
What costs extra at Great Wolf Lodge?
Let’s Look at the Attractions in Detail: Descriptions taken from Great Wolf Lodge
Magiquest -> “Explore the lodge and take part in the adventure of a lifetime! MagiQuest turns Great Wolf Lodge into a live-action game where you’re the star. You’ll choose a special magic wand, top it with extra powers, and set off on a quest. Play for a few minutes or all day. Be sure to take your wand home and continue your adventure on your next trip to Great Wolf Lodge.”
“Introducing Mini Magi Mode: Treasure chests open and crystals glow bright, every wave of the wand will surprise and delight! For kids age five and under, Mini Magi Mode provides all the magic of MagiQuest but in a game that is specifically designed for younger Magi to explore and experience throughout the lodge.” My 3 year old loved the Mini Magi Mode!
Great Wolf Lodge Stuffing Station -> “Choose a friend-for-life, and take your pick of outfits, colourful costumes and accessories. Then watch in awe as your plush toy gets filled.”
Mini Golf -> “Enjoy 18 holes of interactive outdoor play with plenty of sand traps, tricky shots, giant animals and ball-eating fish.”
Creation Station -> “Take a break from the water park and bring your pups to Cub Club to create their own souvenir crafts and glitter tattoos”
Northern Lights Arcade ->”The Northern Lights Arcade is packed with incredible games to challenge and entertain the entire family. Lights, action, and energy fill the arcade with excitement as you’re surrounded by the newest and best games, and great prizes, too”
Ten Paw Alley -> “Enjoy bowling for toddlers, teens and tall ones alike! Shorter lanes and smaller bowling balls make this a perfect way to spend time together as a family whether you’re trying for a perfect 300-game or simply playing for fun.”
Is the Paw Pass really Worth it?
In my opinion, I think the Paw Pass holds alot of VALUE as it offers activities to fill the time when you are tired of the Waterpark. For us, my daughter showed interest in the Magiquest from the moment we walked to our room and she saw others opening the treasure chests… so I was automatically set to spend money on the wand. We also wanted to let her try bowling for the first time and she normally gets a souvenir so for us it just made financial sense. The pass has alot of VALUE but it really just depends on what activities you plan to do if its worth it for you!
What is the Best Age to get the Paw Pass For?
Its Interesting that the Great Wolf Lodge Website says they feel the Paw Pass is best for Children over 5 years old and Teens, while it is good for them I actually think its more geared to kids aged 3-8 years old and I’ll explain why.
Firstly the stuffed animal, bowling which is 5 pin, wolf ears and colour your own items in cub club are definetly geared towards younger kids as I cant see many kids over age 8 being super excited by these activities. While Kids aged 3-8 are definetly very excited by these activities plus the others as my three year old was so excited for Bowling for the first time but also LOVED the Magic Quest. Learn more about our MagiQuest Experience.
For Kids older then 8 I think they would enjoy the MagiQuest best and you are better to spend your money on a Magiquest Wand/Quest and maybe some fancy toppers for the wand as they will get the most out of this. While they will enjoy bowling and mini golf you can play a round without the Paw Pass for $7.99/person.