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Bavarian Inn Lodge expands fun center for late 2012 opening

Bavarian Inn Lodge expands fun center for late 2012 opening

Bavarian Inn Lodge, America’s largest Bavarian-themed resort, is expanding yet again by making an exciting multi-million dollar investment to its family fun center.  The highlight of the renovation is focused in the pool area, with the addition of two dramatic water slides. Guests will also enjoy a fun facelift to the mini-golf area. Both projects are planned for completion before Thanksgiving 2012.

“We keep upping the fun factor for our guests,” said Judy Zehnder Keller, president and founder of Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Lodge. “We focus on providing entertainment for the entire family. That’s what separates us from the pack. Our new initiatives will offer enjoyment for all ages and abilities.”

Work crews are currently onsite with daily activity taking place in preparation for a Thanksgiving weekend debut. While two pools are closing down for the expansion, three pools remain open at the seven-acre, multi-faceted resort as it continues to host guests, providing the highest customer satisfaction standards in the industry.  Swimming, video games, 18-hole indoor miniature golf, and Ratskeller Restaurant activities and food service are unaffected during the remodeling.

“Come look through the peek holes and check out our website for a glimpse of the future,” said Zehnder Keller. “Our renovations are so extensive, yet they will only take three months to complete. But until then, we’re open for business. All we ask is that you ‘Pardon our dust.’”

Since its opening in 1986, the Bavarian Inn Lodge has undergone five additions, expanding the number of lodging rooms to 360, expanding the number of pools to five, adding the Family Fun Center, the 18-hole indoor miniature golf, Ratskeller Restaurant and full service conference center.  The Lodge has celebrated more than 1,600 weddings and thousands of special events and meetings.


Spanning more than 70 years in hospitality service, four generations of the Tiny and Dorothy Zehnder family have owned and operated the Frankenmuth Bavarian Inn Restaurant and Lodge.  With more than 900 employees currently on the payroll, Dorothy Zehnder (Generation Two) is working with her children (Generation Three) and four grandchildren (Generation Four)  as full- time, on-site owners.  This is a total of nine owners working in the company full time.

“We are so pleased to announce this newest investment at the Lodge.  Just as we have entertained our guests and raised our children in this business, we are enabling our children to raise their children and entertain our guests’ children. In today’s fast paced world, who can say that?” commented Zehnder Keller.