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Hotel and water park hope to make a splash in Garden Grove

Great Wolf Resorts has signed a licensing and management contract for the property.

BY Taylor FallonPublished: June 30, 2010 10:38 AM

Plans are under way to develop a 600-suite hotel with a 100,000-square-foot indoor water park and 30,000 square feet of meeting space in Garden Grove’s InternationalWEST Resort development area.

Wisconsin-based Great Wolf Resorts – which owns or operates the largest family of indoor water parks in North America – has signed a license and management contract for the Great Wolf Lodge, which will be located less than two miles from the Disneyland Resort area. Construction on the property is set to begin next year.

InternationalWEST is a 520-acre development area that begins a half-mile from Disneyland and stretches along both sides of Harbor Boulevard, from Chapman Avenue to 17th Street/Westminster Boulevard. A number of hotels and restaurants have already been built and are operating there.

The city of Garden Grove will play a large role in the development, giving cash and bond proceeds to the resort and establishing a financing constituency to develop a nearby parking structure. The city anticipates considerable returns on bed tax, property, and sales taxes once the hotel opens.

"The Great Wolf Lodge will be the biggest attraction to be included in the International West Resort. This will be the most significant revenue generator in the city," said Garden Grove City Manager Matt Fertal.

Great Wolf Resorts owns and or operates 12 properties in the U.S., including locations in Niagara Falls, Texas and Virginia. 

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