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Grizzly River Run reviews

Theme Park Insider readers offer their ratings and reviews for Grizzly River Run, a flume ride in Grizzly Peak at Disney's California Adventure. (The minimum height to ride is 42 inches.)

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Posted: June 9, 2012

Billed as the longest, tallest and fastest "tub-style" river raft ride in the world. Look to get plenty wet, but don't expect the characters and songs that Disney delivered on its "Splash Mountain" log flume rides.

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39 votes, so far

I have long considered Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at Islands of Adventure to be the king of white water rides, but after riding GRR several times in a row, I can boldly state the king is dead and a new king occupies the throne. GRR's watery course is absolutely beautiful and quite stunning (although it would be so cool if there were a few animatronic bears along the course). The raft winds around and though Grizzly Peak, passing though dark caverns and along the peak's edge before it takes its final plunge (there are two) spinning down a 22-foot drop to a big splash down. GRR is a heart thumping ride, easily the best of its genre, and I believe it has set a new standard that won't be bested in the near term future. - James Rao

It was getting hot when we rode, and we got a super short line, so it was great! A friendly cast member pointed out the nearby lockers so we were able to stash our electronics and hoodies (lockers were free for 2-hours of use!). Didn't get soaked, but cooled off nicely! - Elia Juarez

I give it fair since it's a rapids ride like in any other park. I didn't feel like it was any better than Roaring Rapids at Six Flags Over Texas. - Carl Stovall

Just about every theme park in the world has a "river rapids" type ride. Grizzly River Run at California Adventure is not unlike other rides of a similar design, though it is more aesthetically pleasing than most of its competitors. It also feels like a longer ride than a lot of others. It is what it is...a river ride. Nothing spectacular when compared to other of the same type, but still good fun. You WILL get drenched at this attraction. Also, no safe place for placing valuables...leave them with a non-rider if you can. - Jeff Haslam

my favorite raft ride ive ever been on its fun meeting new people on there and i always get soaked!!! - daniel reyes

A fun water ride. The two small drops makes this raft attraction more thrilling than similar attractions found in other local parks. On busy and hot days the wait times could get up to two hours long. This ride has beautiful scenery, the bear mountain is a resort icon. Some wildlife animatronics would make this great ride even better. - Erik Avila

Good theming but could be improved during the ride itself. Fast moving, furious pace rapids with excellent drops. You're almost guaranteed to get soaked too which adds to the fun. - Rob P

Best rapid ride ever! - N O

Your basic raft ride where you'll get wet. This ride really suffers from a lack of story. - Jeff Moon

It's reaaaaaaaaaally fun! - Reggie Templeton

This is a really good ride as far as raft rides go. I give it an 8/10. In order for it to be a 10/10, disney needs to add a little more story, and some animatronics would be nice. But as far as raft rides go, the drops are good, and it is better themed than any other raft ride i've been on. (other than popeye's at IOA) - Jay Finch

Addendum: Just went back there on the last weekend of July 2010. I didn't realize that there were two waterfalls. This makes this a better water ride than any theme park in So Cal that have rapid type water rides. Definitely go on it whenever it's a hot day. Good place to get wet and cool down. I may have to go back on this ride a second time to remember how this ride goes. All I remember when I went on this ride in May of 2009 was getting really wet at the end. My rating may have to change when I go the second time around. - D.S. Francisco

This has to be my most favorite "raft" style water ride ever! When they said you will get wet, they should of said you will get drenched! It looked like i took a shower with my clothes on! It is a lot of fun! However just be careful there isn't a "dry" bag for items you do not want to get wet. - April staten

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