It was very \"OK\". Expectations adjustment.
There is a divide at Grand Country, like any other place. Reviews here are based on expectations and "luck" to some degree. Some of the staff are "older native" types and are friendly, but many are "young foreign" types and less friendly, so who you interact with more often will decide.
Yes, the sdvertising is overblown, as with everything in Branson. The rooms have big 'gaps' under the outward facing doors. There are bugs. You don't have a fridge or microwave [fridge by request + $10] and you DO need to bring a FAN for "cover noise" for a good sleep. The rooms aren't gross...just "water park" used and simple.
The WATER PARK ain't that big. The water makes eyes burn. It isn't heated. It isn't well policed, so the 'public' gets in. NO buildings are "near" enough to the water park to matter.
The buffet is great, but ALL the food will make you sick. Lotsa bugs n bacteria. No biggy, just plan to eat healty via Walmart & frig [parents] at least most of each day. Don't spend 3 meals at the buffet.
DEALS? No, not really. Go to Grand Country with expections of a cheap hotel, with cool game room, neat water park, and decent food. Shows are OK and we enjoyed "Amazing Animals". Coupons found locally can match any DEALS being offered for your stay, so don't go to Grand Country Inn with expectations you got a great "package", since they base those savings off FULL price, which nobody except foreign tourists actually pay.
IN SUMMARY: Grand Country is not amazing, but if you have young kids [2-12] and want an inclusive area to hang out with reasonable priced activities, food, and shows then it is OK. The price is comparible to anything else in Branson. No better or worse I imagine. Warning: Your kids will get bored with Water Park quickly and you will end up at the FUN SPOT [game room] eventually, so prepare to spend $10 per kid on credits for games, but the pizza is good. We found that "ACTIVITY" [of any kind] in Branson costs about $10 per person per hour average, unless you are just walking and looking.