Great Wolf Lodge Bring Your Own Meal Ideas Guide

It is safe to say that we love Great Wolf Lodge!  From our first trip in 2016 to our most recent (8th!!!) stay at the lodge each trip has offered a fun and interactive family vacation with the kids.  However when travelling as a family of 5 meals can get expensive.  Luckily Great Wolf Lodge makes it easy to bring your own food, and save money along the way. 

When we go for a one night stay we normally bring dinner and breakfast to enjoy in our room and then buy lunch at one of the restaurants at the lodge.  Need some inspiration we have a huge list of Great Wolf Lodge bring your own meal ideas below.

We also have loads of other tips to make your Great Wolf Lodge Trip a success including Is the Paw Pass Worth it, How to save Money at Great Wolf Lodge, and What to Pack for your tip. Also if you need a fun way to announce your upcoming adventure, check out the Free Printable Great Wolf Lodge Tickets and Certificates.

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Can I take food to Great Wolf Lodge

YES you can bring your own food and drinks to Great Wolf Lodge!  And this is my #1 tip if you want to save money on your trip to Great Wold Lodge.   You are provided with a mini fridge and microwave right in your room. Bringing your own food to GWL doesn’t need to be boring. 

We have a huge list of tasty ideas that will have you enjoying your meals.  However you should note that you are allowed your own food in your room, or snacks in the lobby, but outside food is NOT allowed in the waterpark area.  That just means a quick trip back to the room for meals and then back exploring the lodge for more family fun time.

Great Wolf Lodge Bring Your Own Meal Ideas Guide

Great Wolf Lodge Bring Your Own Meal Ideas

Breakfast Ideas for Great Wolf Lodge

  • Waffles
  • Pancakes
  • Instant Oatmeal
  • Overnight Oats
  • Cereal
  • French Toast
  • Peameal bacon (pre-cooked)
  • Pre cooked Bacon
  • Home Fries
  • Omelettes
  • Breakfast sausages
  • Ham & Tomato Egg Muffins
  • Muffins
  • French Toast bake
  • Breakfast Casserole
  • Fruit Tray
  • Bagels and cream cheese
  • Baked Apples
  • Yogurt
  • Danishes
  • Hard boiled eggs
Breakfast Ideas for Great Wolf Lodge

Lunch and Dinner Ideas for Great Wolf Lodge

  • Tacos – Pre-cook the meat and then bring your favourite toppings
  • Mac & Cheese cups – Microwave and enjoy
  • Peanut Butter & Jam Sandwiches
  • Peanut Butter & Honey Sandwiches
  • Egg salad Sandwiches
  • Tuna Sandwiches
  • Soup and crackers – Butternut Squash Soup
  • Spaghetti – pre-made and ready to reheat
  • Beef Roast, potatoes, carrots
  • Shepherd’s Pie
  • Stew
  • Chili topped with grated cheese and buns
  • Chicken Salad
  • Ravioli
  • Shepards Pie
  • Loaded Baked Potatoes
  • Cold cuts and buns to make sandwiches
  • Lasagna and salad
  • Chicken and Rice
  • Pre-cooked Ham and Rice
  • Pulled Pork on buns with Coleslaw
  • Bagged salad
  • Chicken Ceasar Wraps
  • Hot Dogs
  • Mr Noodles
  • Cold cut Subs
  • Meatball Subs
Lunch and Dinner Ideas for Great Wolf Lodge

Snacks and Treats

  • Fruit Tray
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Carrots
  • Cucumbers
  • Veggies & Dip
  • Cheese & crackers
  • Kielbasa
  • Nachos and Salsa
  • Chips and dip
  • Pre-popped popcorn
  • Granola Bars
  • Brownies
  • Chocolate Bars
  • Cupcakes
  • Mug Cake
  • Pretzels
  • Cookies


  • Juice boxes
  • KoolAid Jammers
  • Water bottles
  • Hot chocolate mix
  • Iced Tea
  • Pop
Can I Bring a Cooler to Great Wolf Lodge
Is there a Fridge at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

Tips from Fellow Moms

Melissa Jean – “We are here right now and I brought a roaster chicken, I made rice in a microwave thing (pampered chef), and veggies in a (also pampered chef lol) veggie steamer thing. Tonight’s dinner was tacos .. the meat was from the freezer, so it was just making sure I grabbed everything and I grabbed us fries from the water park.

Lunch today was chicken salads with left over chicken from the chicken last night, or the option was sandwiches. If you know how to camp it’s super easy. I packed two baisons to do the washing in the kitchenette. We have a set of dishes that actually live in my vehicle for “just in case” that we used bc sometimes you need plastic wear i bought at dollarama. Other than the fries I won’t have bought a single meal of our 2 night stay. Cost us less than $40 for our nearly 7 meals worth of stay.”

Can I Bring a Cooler to Great Wolf Lodge

YES! If you want to bring a cooler for in your room with some ice packs you can. In the wintertime if it is cold enough you can also store a cooler on the balcony of your room if you are not on the ground floor. A cooler may be handy if you are bringing food for multiple night stays. For a single night stay we have found the large size mini fridge to have enough room for our dinner and breakfast foods for a family of 5 as well as drinks. You can keep the cooler in your room, but will not be able to bring it into the waterpark as there is no outside food allowed in that area.

Is there a Fridge at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

YES! All rooms come with a “bigger” size mini fridge in the rooms. We have found it to be a good size for meals for 1-2 days. There is a small freezer section at the top, but I would not use it as a true freezer.

The door of the fridge has lots of storage space for beverages or small tupperware. Bring your food in stackable containers, or ziploc bags and you will be all set. The kitchens in the Timber Wolf Cottages come with a full size fridge.

Is there a Microwave at Great Wolf Lodge Niagara Falls

YES! Every room comes with a microwave for reheating food, making it perfect if you bring your own food or if you are reheating leftovers. It is a standard size microwave that you and put a plate or tupperware containers into. One note is that microwave Popcorn is NOT allowed to be made at Great Wolf Lodge, so if you want popcorn, bring it pre-popped.

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