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A theme park isn’t complete without a water ride. There’s nothing like riding a good log flume or river rapids on a hot summer day. The Islands of Adventure Water Rides are a whole lot of fun.
Universal Islands of Adventure is somewhat unique in that most other major theme parks like Magic Kingdom, Disneyland, and Seaworld Orlando only have one or two water attractions while IOA has three.
Let’s take a look at those three attractions in detail.
Keep in mind that at the other park in the resort, Universal Studios, there aren’t any major water rides, besides a kid’s waterslide at Fievel’s Playland. Therefore, if you’re looking for water rides, go to Islands of Adventure.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls (Located In Toon Lagoon)
A log flume attraction based on the cartoon characters from the Dudley Do-Right Show (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dudley_Do-Right – don’t be embarrassed, I had to read that too).
It’s like Splash Mountain, but without the sinking logs.
The story revolves around Dudley Do-Right trying to rescue Nell from his nemesis Snidely and includes lots of gags, some of which are parodies from movies and other theme park attraction.
Out of the three water rides at Islands of Adventure, this is the most thrilling. There are three drops, with the final one standing at 75 feet at a 50-degree angle.
What makes the final drop special compared to other log flume attractions is after the drop you zoom over a small incline, causing you to get lifted off your seat.
Keep in mind that no matter which seat you go in you’re almost guaranteed to get wet. Also, in the front seats, you will get completely drenched.
I would also try out the test vehicle at the entrance of the ride. The employees urge you to board the log as fast as possible, and the thing is you board the log in a very unconventional way for an attraction at a major theme park like Universal. Therefore, some might like to quickly see how you get in before riding the attraction. It might save your dignity!
The Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls ride is a must-do for any thrill-seeker going to the park. While you might not know who the characters in the ride are, you’ll still have an absolute blast.
Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges (Located In Toon Lagoon)
Based on the iconic character Popeye (or at least, Wikipedia says he is – I don’t really know), Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges is a river rapids attraction that’s perfect for anyone who needs to cool off in the Florida sun.
The character of Popeye may be somewhat outdated and dare I say rather an unusual choice, but the ride is certainly one worth experiencing.
You board a 10-person round river raft and go on a thrilling adventure with Popeye through raging rapids, which ends in a climactic drop into a pool of water.
No matter where you sit in the raft, there’s a huge chance you will get drenched.
Out of the three, this is definitely the weakest water ride at Islands of Adventure, mostly because it isn’t very thrilling. The final drop is not very fast or steep, so it’s a little underwhelming.
However, it’s a really fun ride to go on with your friends and family, as you never know who’s going to get drenched next. One time when I went on this ride, I said “oh, I’m not actually getting too wet this time around,” and – well, take one guess as to what happened next…
Jurassic Park River Adventure (Located In Jurassic Park)
See dinosaurs on this relaxing boat tour of Jurassic Park – well, relaxing until the velociraptors get loose…
This ride is spectacular. It feels like you’re in a Jurassic Park movie.
Everything is peaceful at first, but then alarms start blaring with announcements saying that you’ve strayed off course and are entering the raptor containment area. Then you see that the raptors have torn through the fences of their enclosure, and for the next few terrifying minutes, you’re searching all around you, wondering if they’re going to strike.
Then it all ends in a climactic escape where you go down 85-foot 51-degree angle drop into a river.
This is by far my favorite water ride at Islands of Adventure. It’s thrilling, scary, and the animatronic dinosaurs look amazing.
If you’re in the first few rows, you’ll probably get wet. In the back though, there’s a good chance you won’t get wet, so if you don’t feel like getting wet, ask the ride attendant for the back row.
Which is your favorite Islands of Adventure Water Ride?
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