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Great Wolf Lodge Offers a Free Night for 100 Travelers with Canceled Flights

If an airline messes up your holiday weekend, you might score a night at the hotel and water park just off I-5 near Centralia. But there's fine print.

By Margaret Seiler June 29, 2022

The water park at Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound, Washington

While Great Wolf Lodge's indoor waterpark, intense watersides, hokey animatronic shows in the lobby, and vast menu of experiences kids will beg their parents to pay even more for (arcade! spa! MagiQuest!) are not for everyone, we can confirm that a waterslide, spray zone, and breakfast buffet are probably more fun than an airport terminal full of angry would-be passengers.

The Wisconsin-founded, Chicago-based hotel chain—which opened its first and still only Northwest location in Grand Mound, near Centralia, in 2008—thinks so, too, and is offering a free night for 100 lucky/unlucky winners nationwide who have a flight canceled over Fourth of July weekend.

But in case anyone was hoping to go straight from the airport to the wave pool, that's not how it works. Sort of like TriMet's much-advertised $7,500 bonus for new bus drivers (fine print: it's spread out over three years), Great Wolf Lodge presents the offer as "something special to look forward to in the near future."

Disappointed travelers have until 3 p.m. Pacific time on July 5 to enter via Twitter by sharing a screen shot showing the passenger's cancellation notice, tagging @greatwolflodge, and using the hashtag #GWLRescue.

Winners will be notified by July 7. The lucky 100 can claim their one free night between August 15 and November 18, but there are blackout dates and limits on how many freebies can be claimed at the same place on the same night. And guests will still be responsible for taxes and resort fees. Sure, it's a wait, but on the bright side the current COVID surge may have subsided a bit by the time the winners claim their prize.