Grizzly River RunThe most recognizable feature is the mountaintop that closely resembles the head of a grizzly bear. The inspirations were Half Dome and El Capitan in Yosemite National Park. DCA's Grizzy Mountain is 150 feet tall. Disney Imagineers made up this legend to go with the peak:
“Long ago, Ah-ha-le, the Coyote met Oo-soo-ma-te, the Grizzly Bear on top of the mountain. Seeing that the Grizzly was a powerful being, Coyote asked him to always watch over and protect the land. Then one day, people came and tried to chase Oo-soo ma-te from the mountain. But Grizzly was strong and held his ground. When Coyote saw the brave bear standing alone against so many, he turned Oo-soo-ma-te into stone so he could never be driven away. To this day, people claim they can hear the great bear spirit in the wind that roars through the caverns and trees of Grizzly Peak.”Grizzly Peak features 2 waterfalls: Bear Claw Falls and Frog Jump Falls. Yosemite has many waterfalls that the Imagineers could have drawn inspiration from, including Yosemite Falls, Bridalveil Fall, Vernal Fall and Horsetail Fall. If Grizzly Peak is based off El Capitan or Half Dome, the attraction Grizzly River Run could very well be any of the rivers or streams that abound in Yosemite National Park. Grizzly River Run itself reminds me of some of the rivers of Yosemite.
Soarin'Soarin' is a unique attraction that let's you take a trip over California (or around the world on the new version) on Flight 5505. It's a real great area; the queue is a museum to California's aviation heritage. Soarin' is located in Grizzly Peak Airfield. The airfield is home to the California Aviators, aerial firefighters who protect the forests. The Soarin' theater was built by the California Aviators who wanted to bring the experience of flying to everyone. I love the new theme of the Humphrey's Service and Supplies gift shop with the old-fashioned wood-paneled station wagon parked outside. It was styled to look like the little shop on the edge of civilization that your family would stop at to stock up on supplies for the camping trip.
Redwood Creek Challenge TrailThis trail reminds me a lot of Sequoia and King's Canyon National Parks in California. The big split tree is named 'Big Sir', a 35-foot-tall redwood stump fell from a storm in 1935. Compared to the real redwoods: Cross section of a 1,000-year-old Millennium Tree on the Redwood Challenge Trail. Then the real thing: There are several activities that you can engage in within the trail. You can track animals by their prints on the ground in Wawona Walk and then compare the footprints to signs along the trail. In the Redwood Creek area there is a small stream and the Spirit Cave. Inside the Spirit Cave you can place your hand on a bear paw print and determine your spirit animal.
- Bear (loving, strong)
- Wolf (wise, loyal)
- Eagle (intelligent, brave)
- Moose (dependable, honest)
- Beaver (hard-working, industrious)
- Salmon (instinctive, strong-willed)
- Skunk (curious, adventurous)