Great Wolf Lodge has moved up its opening date again to Aug. 7, meaning the resort could open three months earlier than originally planned.

Ahead of the opening, the resort is putting final touches on the facility and looking to hire north of 600 people.

What you need to know

To hire more than 600 people, which will include lifeguards, hotel workers, front desk staff, food and beverage workers, cooks and engineers, among other positions, the company is hosting a job fair that is running from June 29 to July 13, officials said in a June email.

“We’re like a small city,” General Manager Keith Furnas said July 2. “We’ve got a little bit of everything.”

The facility, located at 1000 Great Wolf Way, has about 100 people hired on, Furnas said. The goal is to start training them after the job fair wraps up.

Meanwhile, some items within the resort are being finished up, Furnas said. Slides are being tested, and certification of occupancy should be coming in late July.

“We expect to be ready to go,” Furnas said. “No concerns of any show stoppers out there. There maybe small elements that we’re having to finish up, but that’s more behind the scenes.”

The details

The facility is 92,000 square feet and features more than 500 rooms with a range of sizes, Community Impact previously reported.

The selling point officials have hit on over the past several months is the resort being the first fourth-generation resort the company has built, which brings with it additional attractions and enhancements.

Within the park will include a 61,000-square-foot adventure park as well as conference spaces, 13 water slides, a mini-golf course, a bowling alley, a live-action game and food vendors.

What’s next?

Once the resort opens, it will be in a soft-launch phase and run at about half capacity, Furnas said. Officials expect it to be at full capacity by September.

Officials across the area as well as within the resort are expecting the facility to create a significant economic impact in both the immediate area and the Greater Houston area, Great Wolf Resorts CEO John Murphy said April 30.

The number of jobs it will bring as well as customers will not be just contained to the resort but will cause people to venture out into the area for shopping and dining, Murphy said.

That immediate area around Great Wolf Lodge, called Flyway, is developing as well, with places like Topgolf, Chicken N Pickle and Baybrook Mall nearby.

“We look to be good community partners,” Murphy said.