Mt. Olympus and Shell stations in Wisconsin are giving away free Mt. Olympus Water Park passes just for filling up at Shell!  Fill your tank with 10 or more gallons of gas at a participating Shell station and receive a free Mt. Olympus Water park pass for use anytime before September 6!  What a great deal!

Check out the Fill Up & Splash Down Facebook page for full details on this promotion. 

I visited Mt. Olympus with my family last summer and we had a great time.  We only used the water park when we visited, and it kept us busy all day long.  Those who want to upgrade their free ticket from Shell to include the Mt. Olympus Theme Park can do so by paying $10.

I drove by Mt. Olympus last week on a stop in the Dells and say the new Lost City of Atlantis.  I can’t wait to go back and check it out.  This new water park area features:

  • Seven water slides
  • A massive dump bucket and geyser, which can shoot 12 stories high!
  • Spinning champagne bowl, which propels riders down an enclosed AguaTube into a bowl there they ride centrifugal forces around the bowl
  • Family raft slide and Boomerango Family Tube slide

Mt. Olympus Water Park Ticket Giveaway

I’m excited to be giving away a family 4-pack of Mt. Olympus Water Park passes to a lucky winner. Just fill out the form below to be entered in the giveaway.

Congratulations to Renee B. who was randomly selected as the winner of the Mt. Olympus tickets!

Contest fine print: The drawing for a family 4-pack of Mt. Olympus Water Park tickets will be held on Monday, July 16 at 3 p.m. One entry per person, please. Winner will be notified via email, and will have 48 hours to respond and claim their prize. If winner does not respond within 48 hours, a new winner will be selected. No purchase necessary. Contest is open to residents of the state of Wisconsin only. OutWest Promotions has provided me with compensation and the prizes for hosting this giveaway.

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Noah’s Ark will be celebrating the first day of summer on June 21st with $10 admission!  In addition, free t-shirts will be distributed to visitors.

Starting at 8:00, there will be a rally “pitting fans of Black Anaconda against fans of The Scorpion’s Tail in a battle to determine America’s Most Thrilling Water Ride!”

The only negative – you need to be in the park by 8:00 a.m. to take advantage of th $10 admission offer.

For more information and to RSVP, check out the Noah’s Ark Facebook page.


Dells Advice on May 25th

Like the princess in Sleeping Beauty, Storybook Gardens has been put to sleep.  A Wisconsin Dells institution, Storybook Gardens has closed for good.  According to the Wisconsin State Journal, the fairy tale themed attraction, which opened in 1956, will no longer operate.

Just as Fort Dells was gobbled up by Walgreens, McDonald’s and Starbucks years ago, Storybook Gardens is now just a memory.  This news is sad to me, as I have fond memories of visiting Storybook Gardens.  My first visits were with my brothers and parents when I was a child.  After outgrowing Storybook Gardens long ago, I returned there a few summers back for the first time with my own family.

True, Storybook Gardens was old, tired, and outdated.  Many of the displays from my childhood 30 years ago were still there.  Despite the drawbacks, there was something special about visiting.  The train ride and carousel were simple, but still fun.  Visiting Storybook Gardens was like taking a step back to my own youth.

In recent years, the operators of Storybook Gardens added a wildlife element and included exotic animals throughout the grounds.  Timbavati Wildlife Park breathed much needed new life into this artifact.  Unfortunately the animals weren’t enough to keep Storybook Gardens afloat.

In the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale, the kiss from a prince breaks the spell to bring the princess out of her slumber.  What is next for the property?  What will be Storybook Gardens’ prince?  Only time will tell…

R.I.P Storybook Gardens 🙁

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Dells Advice on April 6th

The Dells Kalahari has a unique promotion available in April, May and June. They call it the Choose Your Own Adventure package, and give you a choice of several upgrades to add to your room for free. Starting at $199 for select days over the next couple of months, you can get a one night stay in a Desert or Hut room. Desert and Hut rooms are the Kalahari’s standard two queen rooms. The Desert rooms are located in the main building, and Hut rooms are in the Sands Condominium building. My preference has always been the Desert Rooms due to their closer proximity to the water park.

With your reservation, you get the choice of 3 of the following free upgrades:

  • Suite Upgrade
  • Breakfast for 2 adults & 2 Children (ages 12 & under)
  • 2 games of bowling with shoes for 4 people
  • Horse-back Riding for 2 people
  • 4 Indoor Theme Park Ride Passes
  • 20″ Pizza & 4 Sodas
  • Duck ride for 2 adults and 2 children
  • $40 Dinner Credit for Great Karoo or Kahunaville
  • 2 In-room Movies

If I were going, I would defintiely select the suite upgrade to give us a little more breathing room.  I would also chose one of the meal options – probably either the breakfast or the $40 dinner credit.  My third choice would be the Indoor Theme Park passes.  We had so much fun at the Indoor Theme Park the last time we were there, that I think the family would want to do that again.  The horse-back riding and the Duck tours are also good options.  I don’t think the in-room movies would appeal to me.  We can watch movies at home any time!

The Kalahari Choose Your Own Adventure promotion can be found on the Kalahari Specials page.  Make sure you select the month that you’re going to see the specials available for that month.


Dells Advice on November 30th

Swiss Maid Fudge, a Wisconsin Dells institution, is offering a special deal today on the Groupon website. For $7, you can get $15 worth of their famous fudge. Oddly, this deal is being offered on the Dayton, Ohio Groupon page. The good news is that it doesn’t matter where you live – anyone, anywhere can purchase this deal. I called Swiss Maid Fudge, and they confirmed that the Groupon can be redeemed in person at their shop in Downtown Wisconsin Dells, or online. If you redeem it online, you’ll need to pay for shipping. The gift certificate doesn’t expire for one year, so you can buy it today and spend it the next time you visit the Dells!

To purchase the deal, visit the Groupon website. At the top of the site, click on Visit More Cities, and click on Dayton. This offer is available for purchase today only!