I just got back from a mini-family vacation to Great Wolf Lodge in Niagara Falls, Ontario. It was our first time there. We loved it! The waterslides are amazing – as are the other entertainment (MagiQuest – an interactive game, arcade, story time, decor, etc.), food, and the staff.
But as I’m an avid collector, I was naturally seeking out some choice specimens from this locale to add to my collection. The pickings were slim and expensive (they blew this quarter’s acquisitions budget). These are the only two they had:
A front entrance to a hotel is rather ho-hum, even if said hotel is cool looking.
The specimen below particularly appealed to my daughter:
The later is clearly the superior of the two as it’s cute, odd-shaped, and all. But neither of these postcards are particularly compelling or indicative of the fun to be had at Great Wolf Lodge.
Postcards are essentially advertising that people pay for. Think of it this way, people pay for the costs to produce the ad, with a decent profit margin added. Then they pay to market a company’s ad and key message(s) to their contacts (and possible future customers). So making decent postcards is important! And, I would argue, they should still be free (or at least not damn expensive) as they were in the old days – when a postcard could be found in every hotel’s desk drawer!
But hotels didn’t have roller-coaster waterslides or animatronic critters in the lobby – so I’ll concede that hotels have improved in some ways.