Iconic family indoor water park resort to open in Scottsdale/Salt River Indian Community in 2019

CHICAGO, Ill. – (Jan. 19, 2018) – Families across Arizona and the greater Southwest will have something fun to howl about next year as Great Wolf Resorts, Inc., North Ameica'slargest family of indoor water park resorts, announced today it is expanding its paw print to The Grand Canyon State.  The 350-room family resort will be constructed on an 18-acre site adjacent to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick, located within the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Entertainment District.  Great Wolf Lodge Arizona is scheduled to open the second half of 2019, becoming the company’s 18th resort in North America.

“As we look to expand the Great Wolf Lodge experience to new markets across North America and beyond, we are excited to place our newest resort in Arizona and provide visitors across the Southwest with a destination that brings immense joy to families,” said Murray Hennessy, chief executive officer for Great Wolf Resorts, Inc. “The family-friendly environment fostered by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community makes Talking Stick the perfect location for a Great Wolf Lodge.  We look forward to being a part of this community as it continues to grow into the Southwest’s premier family destination.”

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Great Wolf Resorts signed a long-term lease agreement that allows the company use of the land near Salt River Fields at Talking Stick for nearly a century.

“Hospitality has been a constant common value of our Community — from providing aid and shelter to settlers making their way westward, to welcoming tourists to our several award winning hotel properties today,” stated Delbert Ray Sr., president of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  “Tourism is a key economic driver for us and we believe Great Wolf Lodge will give families another great reason to visit our Community, thus strengthening our economy, as well as the East Valley region of Phoenix and State of Arizona.”

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be year-round family destination filled with attractions and amenities for all ages.  Some of the highlights include:

  • An 85,000-square foot indoor waterpark, heated to a comfortable 84 degrees and featuring a variety of body slides, tube slides, raft rides, activity pools and splash areas for every member of the family – from toddlers and teens, to parents and grandparents.
  • A 27,000-square foot family entertainment center known as the Great Wolf Adventure Park. Here families can scale new heights on a multi-level ropes course, play a round of miniature golf, compete for prizes at the arcade, or step into the fantasy world of MagiQuest – Great Wolf Lodge’s exclusive live-action adventure game where players use interactive magic wands to assist pixies and battle dragons and goblins.
  • A first-of-it-kind animated show in the lobby called the Northwoods Friends show, which utilizes 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 family events and activities including Yoga Tails, a program that combines tales of the Northwoods creatures with yoga poses, and Great Wolf Lodge’s signature Story Time event, where children gather around the fireplace for a bedtime tale.
  • Several dining options, including a collection of eateries inside the Great Wolf Adventure Park, a Dunkin’ Donuts and a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream parlor. The resort will also feature Barnwood, a full-service farm-to-fork restaurant featuring dishes made from locally sourced ingredients.
  • Family friendly suites in a variety of categories and styles including KidCabin suites with separate sleeping quarters for kids complete with bunk beds and Great Wolf Kids character theming, as well as multiple bedroom suites for large families or multi-generational groups.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona offers an exceptional value for families with admission to the water park and much of the family entertainment activities in the Grand Lobby included as part of the guest’s stay.

Meeting and event planners can also look to Great Wolf Lodge Arizona for their meeting and event needs.  The property will boast nearly 6,500-square feet of flexible conference space with breakout rooms, built-in A/V technology, customizable catering options and a team of dedicated industry professionals to tend to every meeting need.

Great Wolf Lodge Arizona will be located on the corner of N. Pima Road and Hummingbird Lane, adjacent to Salt River Fields at Talking Stick.  The lead architect for the project is Gensler, a leading global architecture, design and planning firm, and Mortenson, a U.S.-based, family-owned construction and real estate development company, will manage the overall construction of the resort.  Neuman Pools, a family owned, design/build company of large scale water attractions, will oversee the construction of both the indoor water park and outdoor pool areas.

For more information on Great Wolf Resorts and its brands of indoor water park resorts, visit



Dolphinaris Arizona:

  • Dry land and swim dolphin experiences are available. Advance reservations are suggested.
  • The 900,000-gallon habitat was designed to ensure its dolphins are thriving in the Sonoran Desert providing animals with variety such as access to sun or shade, indoor or outdoor pools, and different social companions, for example.
  • The water in the lagoon is cooled in the summer and warmed in the winter, keeping the dolphins and visitors a comfortable 75-80 degrees all year long.
  • Porpoises and other marine mammals actually live adjacent to the Sonoran Desert about 50 miles from Arizona in the Sea of Cortez
  • High-tech filtration ensures that every one of the 900,000 gallons of water passes through filters about 16 times a days
  • According to a 2014 Associated Press analysis bottlenose dolphins in human care have an average life expectancy similar to animals studied in the wild. In some US facilities, bottlenose dolphins live as much as 2 decades longer on average than their wild counterparts.
  • The USDA states that dolphin interactive programs have been operating for over 20 years without any indications of health problems or incidents of aggression in the marine mammals
  • All of Dolphinaris interactions with the animals are based on positive reinforcement. These rewards include dolphin appropriate toys, play, water jets, tactile, guest interactions, and so much more.
  • Dolphins are provided the highest quality of food, enriching habitat, and daily care and husbandry training by a team of professional behaviorists and water quality experts, lead by a full-time marine mammal veterinarian.
  • The conservation programs sponsored by Dolphinaris help preserve and protect natural resources.
  • Learn more at or call 480-407-5154

Scottsdale, AZ, May 5, 2016 – Award winning RoadHouse Cinemas, a local Arizona Company, will be opening its second theater in Scottsdale this year. RoadHouse Cinemas has spent over $3 Million to renovate the former Ultra Star first run theater located at the Pavilions Shopping Center at Indian Bend (Talking Stick) and 101. The unique cinema experience will boast:

  • Reserved seating
  • A fun brewery / sports bar feel
  • First run films and throwback movies
  • Outdoor patio with live music
  • Spacious auditoriums with large leather electric reclining seats and ample leg room
  • Unique and fun pre-show
  • Digital Projection and Dolby 7.1 Digital Surround Sound
  • Food from scratch (including a bakery!)
  • Selection of local craft beers and wines
  • A push button seat side service from wait staff.
  • Endless bowl Non GMO gourmet white popcorn (seed comes from a small farm in Breda, Iowa!). Featuring selections of plain popcorn with real butter, white cheddar, glazed caramel, and Jalapeno with real jalapenos on top.
  • RoadHouse style restaurant and bar area in the lobby with an adjoining outdoor patio.
  • Tuesday’s – admission prices are only $6.00 for all seats all shows.
  • Wednesday’s – WISE WEDNESDAY’s, seniors 55 yrs. and older are only $4.00 before 4 pm!
  • Happy Hour Monday – Thursday from 3-6 pm and 9 to close in both the theatre lobby bar and even in the auditoriums.

You don’t have to see a movie to enjoy the bar or lobby restaurant. Come for just lunch, dinner, or Happy Hour!

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The Roadhouse chef has developed creative food choices that are affordable and ideal for the concept. The menu features from scratch entrees like flatbread pizzas, burgers, Gelato from Villa Dolce, Keg root beer floats, gourmet candies, and award winning Cheesecakes.

Roadhouse Cinemas is a home grown Arizona business which will be very much involved in the community. Roadhouse will cater to adults. Children under 6 will typically not be allowed into movies. Also, no children under 13 will be allowed into R rated features. For certain select shows the age policies may vary, but children must always be accompanied by a parent.

Rendering Courtesy of Seaver Franks Architects, 2016

"We are going to bring a new brand of "dine in movie theater" to Scottsdale. Not only will RoadHouse Cinemas include state of the art Digital Cinema and sound but will also include oversized comfy electric reclining chairs, wait staff, reserved seating, alternative content, great food, local beer, wine and lots of fun. RoadHouse Cinemas Scottsdale will be more than a place to see a movie, it will be an experience. When it opens in May of 2016, it will be a "must try" for people all over Arizona.