We recently took a family vacation to the Wilderness Territories in Wisconsin Dells. We stayed for a full week and had a wonderful time. The Wilderness Territories is a huge resort. They have a huge variety of options when it comes to rooms. We stayed at the Glacier Canyon Lodge in a 3 bedroom deluxe condo.
We arrived at Glacier Canyon Lodge at the Wilderness at 3:00 p.m. Even though check in wasn't officially until 4 p.m. our room was ready. We did have to go to the Concierge desk to get a parking placard, a map, and a invite to a time share tour.
The Wilderness Territories offers everything from a standard hotel room to a 5 bedroom cabin. As I mentioned above, we stayed in a 3 bedroom deluxe condo. We had a total of 6 people - 4 adults and 2 young children (3.5 years and 11 months). The condo is divided in such a way that there is a separate entrance for one of the bedrooms. In fact, that bedroom with the separate entrance is set up like a standard hotel room. It has a bathroom, 2 queen size beds, couch (sleeper sofa), a TV, a balcony, mini fridge, and a dresser. The other part of the condo consists of a living room, dining room, full kitchen with a breakfast bar, and 2 bedrooms. The "master" bedroom has a balcony, a king size bed, closet, TV, and a dresser. The guest bedroom has a queen size bed with a twin bunk. The two bedrooms share a Jack & Jill bathroom. The living room also has a Murphy bed. You can easily sleep up to 13 people in this condo.
My only complaint about the room was that the walls were thin and you were able to hear people in the halls and above you. Luckily we were there mostly during the week and it wasn't busy and generally very quiet. However, on the weekends it did get pretty loud.
The biggest draw of the Wilderness Territories is, of course, the water parks. The Wilderness has an amazing 4 indoor water parks and 4 outdoor water parks. 1 indoor park and 1 outdoor park are located on Wilderness on the Lake and are not directly connected to the main lodge. Wilderness on the Lake is about 5 minutes away by car or shuttle. We stayed during the off season and all the outdoor water parks were closed. The Wilderness also offers a number of non-water related activies including 2 indoor mini-golf course, a 4-story play structure, an arcade, and laser tag. They also have outdoor mini golf, a zip line and go karts. Except for the 4-story play structure, all non-water related activities are at an additional cost. Be wary of the arcades though. The tokens are $1 a piece. You are much better going off resort and visiting an arcade not connected with a hotel.
We visited each of the 4 indoor water parks. They are Wild West, Klondike Kavern, Wild Waterdome and Cubby's Cove. Each water park had something for everyone - whether they were 1 or 99!. Each park had a small or large play area for the younger kids, and at least one water slide. 3 of the water parks had an indoor/outdoor hot tub. The Wild Waterdome has a huge wave pool and you are able to get a tan year-round as they have a huge glass ceiling. The best waterslide of all had to be the Hurricane. "The Hurricane is the Dells’ tallest indoor 4-person, family raft ride which plummets 58 feet before dropping thrill-seekers into a funnel where they spin around and then splash into a landing pool below." (Wildernessresort.com)
The water parks are located a good distance for each other and from the rooms and you will be doing a lot of walking. However, it helps to burn off all the food you'll be eating! I was able to walk from my room to each park at the main lodge (3 parks) and back to my room in less than 1 hour. For the most part, you'll only be visiting one park a day.
My main complaint about the water parks is that the air and water temperature were a bit on the chilly side. I saw a number of kids (including mine) shivering and with blue lips. Also kids under 6 are not allowed in the hot tubs so there was nowhere for them to warm up. Most people, including myself, ignored that rule and put their young kids in the hot tub. For the most part, the rule wasn't enforced. The hot tub was not kept insanely hot and the kids were perfectly safe in there. My other complaint is the hours of the water park. Of the 3 indoor parks at the main resort, only 2 were open during the week. Those two were Klondike Kavern and the Waterdome. The Kavern was open until 9 p.m. and the Waterdome was open until 8 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, the Kavern was open until 10, Waterdome 9 and Wild West (Saturday only) until 9. I personally believe that most people are going to the Wilderness during the off season to use the indoor parks. I think that they all should have been open until at least 10 p.m. It was insanely crowded at the Kavern on Friday night from 9-10 p.m.!
We did get a great deal on our room and paid around $1800 for the entire week - in a 3 bedroom condo! However, we did visit in the off season (after Labor day) and I cannot imagine how much the condo would go for, for a full week in the busy season. The water parks were including in the price of the room and you were giving bands when you checked in. One of the nicer things about the the water parks at the Wilderness is that they are for guests only. This was nice as the water parks were generally not overcrowded.
Overall we had a great experience at the Wilderness Territories and I would highly recommend this resort to anyone. I look forward to visiting them again in the future.