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    Question Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    I really like GRR. However, I never ride it in the winter months because I don't want to get wet and walk around the Parks soaked to the bone.
    How do you feel about riding GRR in the winter, and would you like to see the rafts partially enclosed in winter to reduce the amount of water getting on the inside of the raft?
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Other parks that have similar rides can adjust the degree of wetness by turning off waterfalls, etc....

    It is a shame that Disney decided to not do it on GRR.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Ive only ridden GRR once, loved the ride itself, hated how wet I got and haven't been on it since. I WISH it wasn't such a gosh darned soak yourself to the bones attraction. I know so many people that wont ride it because of this very reason.

    I dunno about "encapsulating" the rafts however, that'd look and, if you ride it, feel kinda loopy I would think.

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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    I thought they could play with how wet you get... sometimes the pipes are shooting water at you on the uphill and sometimes they're not. Sometimes I get very wet, usually I do not.

    And it seems like on cold days the geyser doesnt explode on people.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Um I never get "soaked to the bones" on that ride. I usually get splashed on one part of my body like a leg or something but I'm never drenched. The only time I got drenched was riding it 3 times in the rain last December (and yes it was FUN! I spent that whole day in the rain getting soaked on everything and got the flu a week later lmao).

    But yes, enclosing it would rock! I love that ride.

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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    I've gotten wet on GRR but not as wet as I did on my last ride on Splash Mountain.

    I can't think of any "Waterfalls" that could be turned off. The only waterfalls I can think of are the drops, which IMO make the ride great.

    Nothing compares to riding GRR at 7:30am during the DCA preview days. Now THAT was cold.


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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Darkbeer
    Other parks that have similar rides can adjust the degree of wetness by turning off waterfalls, etc....

    It is a shame that Disney decided to not do it on GRR.
    Actually GRR has a very complex computer system that adjusts diferent effects and amount of geysers and leakage on bridges on drops. The computer adjusts itself by reading temperatures in weather.

    If you actually look at the bridge over the main drop you could see one of the effects that gets turned off. during warm weather the flume over the drop has sveral wholes that leak water. These holes shut themselves off
    to control wetness. the effects on the lifts as the geysers also adjust themselves by timing the height and frequency.

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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    I would think that enclosing the rafts, at least partially, would tend to keep what water got into the rafts inside, making them wetter and potentially more moldy.

    What they should be able to do is to vary the temperature of the water to go with the season. That probably would have cost more money than they wanted to spend, though.

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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Baloo
    Actually GRR has a very complex computer system that adjusts diferent effects and amount of geysers and leakage on bridges on drops. The computer adjusts itself by reading temperatures in weather....
    I did see this on a High-Def Disneyland documentary that the flow can be raised or lowered, depending on the weather.
    In winter, you are less likely to get as wet.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    I also read a tip that you do not want to sit next to the heaviest person. Those seats are wetter. Do not know for sure, but thought I would throw it out there.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneylandPlanner
    I also read a tip that you do not want to sit next to the heaviest person.
    Or be it.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by sediment
    I did see this on a High-Def Disneyland documentary that the flow can be raised or lowered, depending on the weather.
    In winter, you are less likely to get as wet.
    what doc. did you watch? I want it...
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Quote Originally Posted by Olympicnut
    I dunno about "encapsulating" the rafts however, that'd look and, if you ride it, feel kinda loopy I would think.
    I'm talking about a partial encapsulation, not totally enclosed. Something along the lines of a clear plastic sheathing that could snap on the outside of the raft up to the top of the headrests, or possibly lower if the riders didn't get too wet. Check the pic below...

    It seems to me that if Disney wants to increase attendance at DCA, they could make a minor modification like this and really increase ridership of GRR in the "non-hot" months of the year.
    Personally. I don't know anyone who wants to walk around a theme park in 50 degree weather wearing wet clothes.
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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Isn't the whole point of the ride to simulate a white water rafting adventure? The wetter the better!

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    Re: Grizzly River Run: Enclose the rafts in winter?

    Enclose the rafts!? I'm sure you guys have heard of ponchos before.
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