There is some good news coming out of Orange County. The Garden Grove city council approved $51 million in bonds which will help finance the construction of the new Great Wolf Lodge in California.
Great Wolf Resorts has not announced dates for groundbreaking or the eventual opening. However, Garden Grove’s City Manager Matt Ferta said the hotel could be completed by 2015.
The Great Wolf Lodge in California will be a 10.3-acre, 600 room resort, with an attached water park located about a mile away from Disneyland. Great Wolf Resorts has said the $300 million project will be the company’s largest indoor-outdoor water park in the United States.
The city is contributing $42 million to construct the hotel and $5 million for a parking structure. The cost of issuing the bonds will add up to $4 million bringing the grand total to $51 million in city financing.
The water park will fill a much needed void in Anaheim-area attractions. Although the Disney company has water parks in Florida, the company has never built a water park in California. Knott’s Berry Farm, Wild Rivers, and Raging Waters have seasonal water parks in Orange County. Great Wolf Resorts will be the first to offer a water park that is open year-round and within walking distance of the Anaheim Resort hotels.
Below are some photos of the future construction site. There isn’t much to see today, but the location will soon be busy with activity when construction begins.
Update (Sept 2013): I checked in with Great Wolf Lodge and they are still not ready to announce an official groundbreaking date. “Stay tuned” is the official statement at this time. However, Great Wolf Lodge was mentioned in the City of Garden Grove’s August announcement of the area’s new name, the Grove District – Anaheim Resort.
Update (Oct 2013): The City of Garden Grove announced groundbreaking will happen December 9, 2013. The Great Wolf Lodge California water park will open by June 30, 2015.
Update (Feb 2014): At a State of the City luncheon, Garden Grove Mayor Bruce A. Broadwater gave an update on the anticipated groundbreaking for Great Wolf Lodge. The Mayor announced that Great Wolf Lodge is expected to break ground this spring. City officials later specified March 2014 as the target month for the hotel’s start of construction. The city has not provided an update on the anticipated opening date.