By Guest Blogger Stacy fron Elgin, IL
My children and I have spent the last couple of years bringing in the New Year together at the Wilderness and plan on continuing this tradition for a long time to come. New Year’s Eve has always been a very special day in my life; it is my birthday. As you can probably imagine, my birthday has generally played second fiddle to one of the largest party days in the world. When I met my husband in 1998 that changed.
My husband was an amazing man who never failed to make me feel special, especially on my birthday. For eleven years, my birthday was my favorite day of the year, and I looked forward to spending it with my family and friends. Together we celebrated another year of my life and enjoyed welcoming in the New Year.
In 2010, my husband passed away suddenly at the age of 39. He left behind me and our 4-year-old twins. Without him, our world seemed small and hopeless. The thought of celebrating my birthday, or New Year’s Eve, without him sent us running – literally running – to the Wilderness. And that is how my children and I started to create new memories and traditions that are unique to this part of our life. At first, the Wilderness was a place that we could go to escape our new reality. Then it became a fun place where we could go to celebrate life and plan for our future together. Now, instead of running away, we include our friends and family in our new tradition. We couldn’t imagine doing this anywhere else. Your hotel is part of our past and present and it has given us back our future.
Resort Comment: Thanks Stacy for sharing this touching story. We hope you have a fantastic birthday and New Year’s at our resort this year.
New Year at Wilderness Resort
Start a new tradition by celebrating New Year’s Eve with us. In addition to our waterparks and attractions, you can indulge in our New Year’s Eve Prime Rib Buffet at Wild Canyon Café. Make your reservations by calling 608-253-9729 ext. 4653. Don’t worry, if you can’t make the evening buffet, we’ll do it all over again on New Year’s Day!
Ready to celebrate? Our annual New Year’s Eve Wilderness guest-exclusive party will set the mood with music, dancing, party favors, laser lights and some serious raffle prizes. Open to families and groups of all ages, one ballroom will have a DJ playing popular hits geared toward families with younger kids, and the other will feature a DJ-hosted dance party and laser light show.
Adults (21 & better) $12 in advance / $15 at the door (Includes TWO drinks!)
Youngsters (3-20) $7 in advance / $8 at the door (Includes punch!)