SLIDE INTO SAVINGS: If you've driven along Harbor Boulevard in Garden Grove lately, you've likely seen a building the size of a small mountain, an under-construction structure that comes complete with its own giant carved wolf, in full howl, and a bevy of waterslides that undulate along one side. The wolf and the waterslides are giveaways that this is a Great Wolf Lodge, an icon of family vacations in the Midwest. Of course, the company's long-anticipated arrival in Southern California has also made the headlines, so you likely knew all about what that mystery building might be way before you even drove by the colossal construction site. And while the pools-and-more property still has a springtime 2016 opening date, you can start your vacation planning now, courtesy of an early discount that's good through the last day of September 2015. Eager to be one of the first people to eye the 105,000-square-foot water park -- it's covered and under a roof, making it pretty unique for the region -- and the other kid-sweet details the Great Wolf Lodge has become known for both in the Midwest and in New England and the Northwest as well?
HERE'S THAT CODE: Enter the promo code SOCAL at the site before Wednesday, Sept. 30 and score "a special introductory offer of 25 percent off the best available rates." For sure, your reservation includes entry into the water park -- it is an all-access pass -- and, for sure, you'll be there soon after the lodge makes its Garden Grove debut. The dates included in the deal? Feb. 29 through Oct. 15, 2016. Best tell the young'uns what you're up to, too: The deal is for the family suite, which kicks off, in price at a nudge below $260. Or don't tell them, at all, and just throw their swimsuits into a suitcase the night before you make for the Orange County waterpark-meets-sleepover spot. Will they howl upon learning they'll be spending a day riding the slides? Well, wolves are part of the forest-sweet imagery of the hotel-plus company, so we'll guess you might hear a few wolf-like vocalizations from the backseat, on your way down Harbor Boulevard.