As corporate director of group sales for Great Wolf Lodge, the world’s largest chain of indoor waterparks, Rhonda Khabir is passionate about her job for the obvious reasons. After all, who wouldn’t feel like a kid again barreling down a water thrill ride like Howlin’ Tornado, a twisty raft ride that drops you into a six-story “funnel of fun”? (OK, maybe that sounds a little terrifying.) But more than the business of waterparks, Great Wolf Lodge is serious about the business of meetings. And it’s a model that’s proved successful, given the brand opened its 14th property in Garden Grove, California—just south of Anaheim—in March. We talked with Khabir about the new location, her expectations for group business there and what’s ahead for Great Wolf.
Why was Southern California a good fit for a Great Wolf Lodge property?
When you look at [the area’s] geography and population alone, this was a natural fit for us. Other attractions in Southern California itself are a wonderful match for Great Wolf.
Tell us about meeting space at this location.
We have a 30,000-sq.-ft. conference center that takes up the entire third floor of the property. One big ballroom is about 10,000 square feet, and we have a total of 12 separate and configurable meeting rooms. There’s a parking ramp entrance for easy load-in, and we have unique built-in technologies, such as wall panel controls for lighting and heating, and built-in screens and LCD projectors.