Date of Stay: July, 2005
We decided upon a last minute trip to the Dells and called 5 campgrounds before finding room at this one (this was last minute). Now we know why there was room (the campground was pretty empty on a weekend in the summer in the dells). They have very strict rules and the atmosphere reminded me of a concentration camp. Someone is sitting at the sign indicating that passes must be on vehicles strictly enforcing it (we are adults that can read). After reading the rules and regulations we were a bit taken, how many times can confiscated and prosecuted be written? I thought we would make it through fine by abiding by these stict silly rules (no bikes in the main areas?), but my husband got his butt chewed for wearing a t-shirt with his swim trunks in the pool (the rules sheet only said "no cut-offs". Then when on the hayride we noticed a staff telling a group of campers not to drink so much (we couldn't see any drinks in their hands!). Thankfully we spent more time at the Dells attractions than at the campground. The campground was quiet because no one was there. It would be a great facility under different management, the location and facilities are nice but we won't return. I wonder how many people ever do. I can understand rules and regulations but without such negative languange and camp soldiers walking enforcing rules, I'd rather camp elsewhere.
Date of Stay: June, 2005
We usually camp at Jellystone several times a year for the last several years. We love it. The price may seem high, but it can't be beat for overall entertainment value (look for specials, early in June or later in the summer for great deals!). My kids simply love it (ages 5 and 7) and I think with the recent expansions it is a great time for any age group. It is crowded and there are lots of people, but the we have never had an issue with the people, especially the lifeguards (this is a difficult job, trying to police safety in a polite way and they do it well). I was especially impressed on our last trip when the guard quickly cleared the pool. She was polite and effiecient, explaining the lightning in the sky. We returned to our camper for a decent storm and was really glad at the guard's observations. I was also impressed with the cleanliness, especially for a park with that many users. My only complaint is that sometimes the activities start late, but it could just me my anal attentiveness, after all it is summer and it is time to relax and be happy!