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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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35 votes, so far

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. - Jonathan Guire

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

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