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Grizzly Run
Website: Geauga Lake Homepage
Ride Type: Boat Ride
Ride Status: Defunct
Average Rating: 2.9091
TPC Overall Rank: Rides need more than 25 reviews to be ranked.
Reviews: 13
Last Review: 1/29/2008 5:55:00 PM
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1 Rating
+1 Rating Rate Down Rate Up PhantomNik on 1/29/2008 5:55:00 PM
They are the few, the shamed, the abismal. They are rides so terrible, so awful, that they possess not one redeeming quality. I am normally a very positive guy when it comes to rides and reviewing them, because for the most part I am having a blast if I am at a park riding away. I often thought that I may never have a ride dubious enough to warrant me handing out that oh so dreadful 1 rating. Well, turns out I was wrong. So here it is, my first ever 1.....Grizzly Run. As far as river rapids rides go, there are the good, the bad, and Geauga Lakes Grizzly Run. I know this is a deviation from these other reviews here, but I will explain why this bear deserves being locked up in hybernation forever!

To set the scene, my brother and I were at Geauga Lake on a sweltering day that approached 90 degrees. We figured that was as good a day as any to try out Grizzly Run, the parks rapids ride. The line appeared to be short upon entering it, but we soon found out that looks can be deceiving, in more ways than one! The line crawled and took forever to just get to the actual queue. We waited out in the blistering sun for what ended up being close to 2 hours. We figured the drenching wed receive would make up for the awful wait....ha! As we got to the station we discovered the major problem leading to that gigantic wait - the crew was simply asking how many were in the group, sticking them in a raft, and sending them on their way. Are you kidding me? Rafts constanly left with empty seats, and at one point one was sent with just 2 riders in it! I was stunned, but little did I know that it wouldnt be half as bad as the ride itself.

We ended up riding with 3 other people, only because I told the one ride op that the line was crawling and their raft had more than 2 empty seats on it. He initially refused my request, but then after I asked again he conceded with a very friendly "whatever". Cheery crew, arent we? Finally, or so we thought, it was time to get cooled off.

The ride itself was pathetic. Our raft meandered around the course, and the "rapids" that were there were inexplicably tame. I think once a rapid splashed onto the one side of the raft, getting the one rider mildly wet on one leg. I was lucky enough to receive exactly 2 drops of water from that - how refreshing!! Around the last bend we went, and I figured at least some waterfalls would be there and drench me maybe once. Well, you could see where the waterfalls SHOULD have been, but they were off. Makes perfect sense right? Lets just keep the waterfalls off on a 90 degree day! For shame, Geauga Lake, for shame! :nono: Back to the station, someone else asked the ride op why the waterfalls were off and the response they got was appalling: "Just shut up and exit the ride, I dont complain to you at your job, do I?" Absolutely disgusting behavior by a park employee. So there you have it, Grizzly Run at Geauga Lake sits firmly planted at the bottom of my list of rides I have ridden. Perhaps when everything was working and on this ride was pretty decent, but I have to review it based on the experience I had, which was terrible. In my opinion, this was a sad and pathetic excuse for a water ride that offered zero thrills and didnt even get anyone wet. Congrats to you, Grizzly Run, for being the shining example of what a rapids ride should NOT ever be.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up T-Rex on 12/20/2007 11:53:00 AM
Decent river rapids ride, but not one of the great ones. This one didnt have all that good of theming, but there were quite a few rapids during the ride. However, the rapids barely even got anyone wet, but the waterfall finale got everyone soaked.

4 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ih10 on 6/17/2007 2:55:00 PM
This was fun. I tend to like these kind of rides.I got the wettest I think.The theming isnt very good at all and when I got in the seats were wet.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up metssuck on 5/24/2007 10:15:00 AM
Pretty boring rapid ride. Nothing spectacular.

2 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up Predator on 9/8/2005 3:11:00 PM
I hardly get wet on this ride. The rafts are kinda cheap and small on top of it. The location isnt that great either.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up coasterwom on 1/20/2005 7:01:00 AM
Its a pretty good rapids ride and you do get wet only go on it on hot days though. I would like more theming however.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up beastboy on 8/1/2004 7:20:00 AM
Not a bad ride. You dont get wet because of the rapids, only because of the waterfalls. The theming isnt bad and I like the grizzlies built into the rock. The water is a bit gross but I assume it is a lot cheaper to just pup the water in from the lake rather than pump it from a water purification center. Overall, a fun ride.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up ChiDan1972 on 7/15/2004 1:40:00 AM
The only time you get when on this ride is when your boat goes under waterfalls. Granted it happens more than once and it got me soaked, but I would like some actual rapid action.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up BigJohnWC on 8/22/2003 1:25:00 PM
This was an above average rapids ride. I liked the waterfalls on this one (mainly because it was a luck of the draw if anyone or who got hit). My problems come in the lack of themeing on the large surrounding walls and the seats themselves. I found the seats to slippery and to "unfriendly" ... it was too easy to leave a muddy footprint for someone else to sit in and my friend cracked her head pretty hard into the seat back on one of the turns. The ride ops, big surprise, seemed to have a problem keeping this ride flowing as well.

3 Rating
0 Rating Rate Down Rate Up RedTrack on 5/19/2003 9:12:00 PM
If you like rapid rides, you should ride this ride just to experience it. If not, then dont ride it.

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