The North American indoor waterpark operator Great Wolf Resorts is to open two new lodges in Arizona and another in California.

The new openings come in addition to the already announced project in Tepeji del Río, Mexico – the company’s first project outside the USA or Canada.

Located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District, Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is set to open in late summer/early autumn of this year. The final steel beam of the building was hoisted into place during a topping out ceremony – as pictured above – in mid-December. The 350-room family-friendly property will be the 18th Great Wolf development to date, and its first in the Southwest United States.

A typical Great Wolf Lodge waterpark

The accompanying 85,000-square-foot indoor waterpark, heated to a comfortable 84°F (29°C), will feature a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas for every member of the family. Scheduled to open in late summer/early fall 2019, the project will also include a family entertainment centre with attractions such as a ropes course, climbing wall, miniature golf and MagiQuest adventure game.

In the hotel lobby, an animated show called Northwoods Friends will utilise projection mapping technology on a moving, three-dimensional multiplane surface to immerse children into the world of the Great Wolf Kids characters.

A collection of complimentary events and activities will include fireside bedtime stories for children and yoga. Food and drink options will include the Barnwood ‘farm-to-fork’ restaurant, a Dunkin’ Donuts outlet and Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlour.

Amongst other projects in development, Great Wolf Resorts is planning further lodges in Scottsdale, Arizona (opening late 2019) and Manteca, California (mid 2020).