Grizzly River Run
|Grizzly River Run|
|Type||River rapids ride|
|Designer||Walt Disney Imagineering|
|Height||45 ft (14 m)|
|Drop||21 ft (6.4 m)|
|Boats||32 boats. Riders are arranged 8 across in a single row for a total of 8 riders per boat.|
|Height restriction||42 in (107 cm)|
|Control System||Dual Allen-Bradley PLC|
|Theme||California State Parks|
Single rider line yes
Must transfer from wheelchair
Grizzly River Run is the longest, tallest and fastest river rapids ride in the world, located at Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California. It is similar to Kali River Rapids in Disney's Animal Kingdom but distinctive as the rafts are engineered to spin as they descend chutes. The attraction's name comes from Grizzly Peak, the bear shaped mountain that the rapids flow around. It was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering and constructed by Intamin.
As part of the park's major 2007–2012 refurbishment, the old queue that had been themed around extreme sports was replaced with an homage to California state parks, specifically after Redwood Creek and the Sacramento River. Elements that evoke the "golden age" of national parks are placed around the entrance, alluding to the wave of turn-of-the-century wildlife conservation.
The raft trip around Grizzly Peak begins with the raft being lifted up a wooden conveyor that runs under leaking pipes that spray water on the riders. Upon reaching the top of the conveyor, the rafts are dropped into the water to be descended down the peak, passing through a cave and bumping against a log jam. The climax of the ride drops the rafts down into a geyser field. The final drop has a unique element in that the rafts are spun as they begin their descent.
As with all flume-type rides, there must be a location to store or drain the water in the upper sections of the flumes when the pumps are shut down. The original plan was to create a large, underground basin beneath Grizzly Peak to hold water. This would have required costly excavation and construction. Upon looking at the final layout of California Adventure, it was noticed that the Pacific Wharf area of the park had a water element meant to simulate a tidal basin. The tidal basin is located across a walkway from Grizzly River Run and became the catch basin for water from the raft ride. The rise and fall of water in the tidal basin serves the dual purpose of providing a location to store water and being a scenic element that simulates a rising and falling tide.
- Kali River Rapids at Disney's Animal Kingdom
- Niles, Robert. "Grizzly River Run". Theme Park Insider. Retrieved February 5, 2013.
- "Disney's California Adventure Park | Grizzly River Run". Disneyland.disney.go.com. Retrieved July 3, 2010.