ShadowQuest – Wisconsin Dells, WI


ShadowQuest is a gaming attraction found at Great Wolf Lodge in Wisconsin Dells in Wisconsin.

Designed by Creative Kingdoms, LCC, ShadowQuest: Journey to Save the Light debuted at Great Wolf Lodge at the Wisconsin Dells location on August 23, 2013. The attraction is also available at these Great Wolf Lodge locations: Cincinnati/Mason, OH; Grapevine, TX; Grand Mound, WA; Pocono Mountains, PA; Williamsburg, VA and Charlotte/Concord, NC.

ShadowQuest is an interactive game involving wands (infra-red emitting wand – like a TV remote – to interact with objects), guidebooks, wall mounted monitors and devices located throughout the lodge. It features ten quests and a “Vanishing Light” adventure.


In essence, you check into the lodge, buy a wand from the gift shop (ala, Harry Potter at Ollivander’s Wand Shop), visit the starting point at the Quest Tree located in Dragon’s Hall and Pixie’s Perch,  get your quest from Lumina the Pixie, and then search for crystals (Red Crystal, White Crystal, Green Crystal, Yellow Crystal, Blue Crystal), artifacts and magical places and gather special powers from the items you find.

When you find one of the designated  units that contain the things you need to accomplish your quest, you point your wand at the unit, it talks, and gives you credit for each destination and then you continue to race up and down the lodge until you have gathered enough special powers to defeat Light Eater, an evil Shadowlord.  Clues are scattered across the bottom five floors of the Great Wolf Lodge.


The main characters in the game are:

  • Lumina: Leader of the light pixies, the guardians of the sky lights. Lumina guides you to the first quest.
  • Ivan: A famous Runemaster Yeti who has traveled far and wide. He is trustworthy, kind, warm, confident, jovial and somewhat crafty/mischievous. Ivan is greatly heartened by the Magi’s appearance, for he can give the Magi a winning edge in the upcoming challenge.
  • Malaki: The egotistical Yeti Shadowlord and former student of Ivan. Malaki will berate the Magi, but the Magi must win the battle against Malaki to save the light.

Players are called Magi. It is the job of the Magi to save the light of the sky before it vanishes. If you accomplish your goal, and defeat Malaki the Shadowlord, you (The Magi) receives the Medal of Light for completing this courageous adventure.

The final battle to beat Malaki and return the light to the kingdom occurs after you have collected all ten runes and journey to the Shadow Quest portal, a video screen located in Pixie’s Perch. The key to defeating the Final Battle is to choose the correct rune at the correct time based on the attacks chosen by Malaki.


NOTE: Before there was ShadowQuest, there was MagiQuest, billed as the World’s Largest Live-Action Game. MagiQuest, like ShadowQuest let’s you explore an enchanted kingdom (with wand in hand) and join in the ultimate adventure as you enchant objects, befriend a pixie, learn from an ancient wizard, battle a goblin and outwit a dragon. The Magiquest game is incorporated in the lodge’s hallways, landscape and even lobby of each Grand Wold Lodge facility.

The first MagiQuest opened in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina on June 15, 2005. There are also Magiquests in Tokyo and Canada.

1400 Great Wolf Drive
Great Wolf Lodge,
Wisconsin Dells, WI 53965

Great Wolf Lodge – ShadowQuest (Website)
ShadowQuest Trailer (Video)
Shadow Quest Part 1: Detect Magic Rune (Video)
Shadow Quest Part 2: Track Magic Quest (Video)
ShadowQuest – The Final Battle (Video)
Great Wolf Lodge – MagiQuest (Website)
MagiQuest Trailer (Video)
MagiQuest Tips (Video)


Born in Philadelphia, Jerome Alphonse Holst worked 30 years as a librarian. He has since retired and lives in Thomasville, North Carolina. Mr. Holst is also the author of the children’s books “Norman the Troll,” "Norman the Troll and the Haunted House," and "Gretchen and the Gremlins." In addition, he penned the fantasy novel “The Adventures of Glinda Gale,” a retelling of “The Wizard of Oz" and the reference text “The Encyclopedia of Movie and TV Insults.” .

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