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Grizzly River Run

Theme Park Insider Reader Rating: 8 out of 10

Rapids Ride
Minimum height to ride: 42 inches

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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.


This raft ride is incredible and it actual has two drops not just one. I found it very entertaining for a river rapid type ride. 10/10
The ride shocked me. I was expecting a pretty sub-par experience, but I really enjoyed the ride. I thought it was great fun. It was fun to guess who was going to get soaked next. Although it lacked a major story, it had such an incredible atmosphere that I was able to forget about that on the ride. 7/10
I went to the park at opening especially to ride this ride a few times and check it off my list. I took a change of clothes and stashed them in a free locker and enjoyed the walk on wait time twice. The environment is fantastic. The ride experience is fun, it's just not a full a rich as I'd hoped for. I think adding a score would help. I know it's difficult to tell a story or a round raft ride, but it would have been fun to at least see some bears in the cave to go along with the sound effects. I had hoped that it would be good enough to warrant additional rides, but I think I can check it off the list.
This ride is really underrated. On this ride, you go through rapids AND you go through not one, but two drops. Also, it's really nicely themed to a California national park. It's overall a really fun and exciting experience and is always a must hit when I go to California Adventure
This ride doesn't need AAs imo. The river itself and the beautiful trees are the attraction.
When it's hot outside this ride it great. Get soaked, cool off, and dry off in no time.
It's a really good rafting ride. The scenery across it is beautiful, but I just wish some animatronics could accompany the scenery. That being said, one of the few rides that were at DCA's opening that are worthy of being in Disneyland.
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.
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!
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.
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.

my favorite raft ride ive ever been on its fun meeting new people on there and i always get soaked!!!
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.
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.
Your basic raft ride where you'll get wet. This ride really suffers from a lack of story.

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