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  • What do people think of Grizzly River Run?

    When talking about DCA, I hear people mention Paradise Pier, Soarin' over California, and even Superstar Limo (!), but I never seem to hear anyone discuss Grizzly River Run.

    I've only been to DCA once and did not get a chance to ride Grizzly. Is it worth a spin? Does it fall flat? What do people think of this attraction?
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  • #2
    Everyone I see walking off of that ride looks uncomfortable.

    Water + denim = not a good combonation.

    I haven't ridden it yet. Don't ever plan on riding it, because I refure to be the asshat in a poncho.
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    • #3
      We loved it and went on it a couple of times and it was february and we got a little chilly buy we dried quickly and it was great fun.
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      • #4
        I like it, but it is only for those who want to get wet. If you have a change of clothes when you visit, or you are wearing lightweight clothes when you ride, you will have a blast.
        Make something Idiot-Proof, and someone will build a better Idiot.

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        • #5
          We love it! Especially my kids. When it was rainy in December, my old two kids dragged my husband on it repeatedly. It was hilarious!!!

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          • #6
            Originally posted by eyes_of_mara
            I like it, but it is only for those who want to get wet. If you have a change of clothes when you visit, or you are wearing lightweight clothes when you ride, you will have a blast.
            And here I pictured you in that flannel type shirt, breaking off a paddle and manuevering the boat through the rapids like a champ! You ruined my dreams Mara, you ruined them!






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            • #7
              Originally posted by ah schucks
              And here I pictured you in that flannel type shirt, breaking off a paddle and manuevering the boat through the rapids like a champ! You ruined my dreams Mara, you ruined them!
              Oh, I do that all the time. Disney is considering my river exploits to be a Kodak moving photo spot.

              But seriously, it can be uncomfortable to walk around DCA in wet jeans, so being prepared is worth its weight in gold. It seems to me, however, that I always get on it when I wear jeans. :o
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              • #8
                I went on it and Got SOAKED!... It was a warm day, so it wasnt too bad. Just make sure you dont have anything that would get water damaged in your pockets.

                It is kind of short, and the "Drop" fell kind of flat after I had heard (In a big build up) it was great.

                Overall it was a lot of fun, and worth the ride, if the wait time is less than 30 minutes.
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                • #9
                  It's a fun attraction but pretty much a knockoff of a Knott's ride that's been around for almost 20 years. Doesn't do much to counter the criticism that DCA was built with off the shelf attractions.

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                  • #10
                    Same old Rip ROaring Rapids that I have been riding since I was kid, but with a nice drop at the end and no quarter controlled water shooters. Those make it all worth while, especially when you have a few beers and 10 bucks in quarters. :devil: If you don't know what I speak of, visit Paramounts Great America.
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                    • #11
                      It's wet.
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                      • #12
                        GRR is a fun little ride, and has a nice feature at the end that makes it a notch above most rafting rides. I'm no ghenius, but I usually assume that if I go to DCA, I will go on GRR, so I dress appropriately, and it's all good.

                        I think the reason it doesn't get mentioned more is that it is only a notch above the rest. This is the company that brought us Splash Mountain, and I think Disney could have made this ride a whole letter grade or two above any other raft ride. Instead, they built a good enough ride. But the park is full of "good enough," and doesn't have too much "great."

                        Plus, the positioning of the ride just sort of dominates the park in a not so good way. Half of your day you spend staring at the backside of Grizzly.
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                        • #13
                          GRR better than Kali River Rapids!!

                          I just rode GRR for the first time this last week. I have rode Kali River Rapids at WDW and GRR is better. It is longer and the boat shifts back and forth better. Both have the potential to get wet, which does not bother me.

                          One thing did bother me, at the highest point drop, we were allowed to see the city around us. It was really a DRAG!! It blew the whole "other world" atmosphere of the ride. I would have built up faux rocks around it at that point so you did not have to see the OC. Walt knew that putting his guests in another world was the key to allowing them to relax and have fun. Reminding me that I had to get back on the freeway to leave was a real downer!!!
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                          • #14
                            It's fun. But the couple times I rode it, I began to think they should officially change the name of the park to "Disney's Californa Berry Farm."
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                            • #15
                              Well, thinking of rocks, that is one thing that always irtks me a little...

                              Okay, we're using an old mining facility or some such as our lift hill. Lift hills in water rides are always tricky things to explain anyway, so it works well enough, and that is one of the improvements in design GRR has, putting the most boring part of the water ride up front, and adding a few touches to make it more fun.

                              But, toward the end of the ride... when do we leave the "river" and end up in a giant sluice box, and why? For a few extra bucks, couldn't they cover the wood with some rock work?

                              Or, couldn't we drop the contemporary rafting theme and make this a Gold Rush ride, thus making a giant sluice box more relevant to the theme of choice?

                              Not a huge issue, but again, it's another example of that lack of detail that holds this ride and the park itself back from greatness.
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