This article is your complete guide to Universal water rides 2023. Finding relief in the Florida sun can be hard for any guest visiting Florida, where most of the year is hot. Luckily, most theme parks in the area are equipped with incredible water rides to keep guests cool during the hottest months. Currently, there are a handful of Universal Studios Orlando water rides, and we’re going to tell you all about them, so keep reading.
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Yes! While Universal Orlando Resort does have its own top-notch water park, Volcano Bay, there are also a number of water rides and attractions inside of the theme parks. While there are only 3 true Universal water rides, there are also a number of attractions and lands that have unique water features for little ones to splash around or guests to cool down. To start off this article, we are going to rank all three Universal Studios water rides, highlight their features and give you a better picture on what to expect. Make sure to stick around once we’re done ranking the Universal water rides, because we are going to go into detail on other water experiences to keep yourself cool in the parks. That includes interactive water-playground areas and other attractions that might get you wet!
As we mentioned above there are only 3 water rides on our Universal water ride list, so next we will rank them starting with the lowest.
The original Universal Studios Florida park does not have a water ride except for a splash pad zone in the Woody Woodpecker kid section of the park. So guests who are looking for the best Universal Orlando water rides should plan to spend a significant amount of time at Islands of Adventure park.
The three main water rides included on this list which are Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, and Jurassic Park River Adventure are all included in Islands of Adventure theme park at Universal Orlando. The main one that you are guaranteed to get soaked on is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls with the other two rides being hit or miss as to just how wet you will get.
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Location: Islands of Adventure – Toon Lagoon
Height Requirement: Minimum height of 42″
Starting at number three is Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, which is a typical river rapids attraction located in Toon Lagoon. Hop aboard a circular, 12-seater raft boat with Popeye as your guide to chase after that blowhard Bluto. This is one of the three Islands of Adventure water rides that we feel has a really cute, although outdated, storyline to follow as you float along. Bluto has kidnapped Olive Oyl, yet again, which sends you on a mission through rushing rapids, twists, turns and even … a humungous octopus!
While all three of the water rides at Universal Islands of Adventure are very fun and entertaining, Popeye’s is at the bottom of our list for a couple of reasons. First and from experience, you will get VERY wet, like beyond wet. If you’re okay spending hours with t and forget to bring a change of clothes, this ride can be very off-putting. When it comes to thrill, the other two water rides at Universal are just slightly more thrilling, and Bilge-Rat Barges is definitely the most family-friendly option available.
We still love this water ride, especially since it can fit the ENTIRE family in one boat and is over 5 minutes long.
Location: Islands of Adventure – Toon Lagoon
Height Requirement: Minimum height of 44″
Coming in at number 2 is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw falls, which is a thrilling, water-coaster attraction with flume-type boats. Also located in Toon Lagoon, this water ride in Islands of Adventure celebrates the classic Canadian Mountie, Dudley Do-Right rather high-thrill experience. This story takes you along the rescue of damsel Ness Fenwick, who has been stolen away by Snidely Whiplash, with some impressive drops and a ton of cheeky humor.
As for storyline and overall conception, Dudley Do-Right is probably the weakest of all three of the water rides Islands of Adventure. The only reason this attraction is above Bilge-Rat Barges is that we just find it more thrilling and the perfect amount of water. It is easy to overlook how outdated Dudley Do-Right is with a high speed 75-foot drop, multiple splash factors and even the chance to get sprayed by spectators on the overlook bridge.
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Location: Islands of Adventure – Jurassic Park
Height Requirement: Minimum height of 42″
Coming in at number one is the iconic, half tour, half survival journey through the Jurassic Park River Adventure attraction. This water ride in Islands of Adventure packs a real punch when it comes to the combination of storytelling and overall thrill. Guests boarding the tour boats are expecting to be brought through a peaceful tour of Jurassic Park, safely in the water away from dinosaurs. You can only imagine what happens after your boat is knocked off course and led straight into the facility housing the most dangerous of creatures.
There are so many things to love about Jurassic Park River Adventure, from the incredible animatronics to the storyline that feels true to the original films that stole our hearts in the first place. And if you’re only in it for the thrills, then you’ll be pleased to know at the end of a very perilous journey, there is an 85-foot drop, straight into the waters surrounding the facility. Expect to get wet in the most prehistoric of ways, because we always recommend taking the time out for this incredible water ride.
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While the classic water rides in Universal Studios are the most popular choices to cool off in the Florida heat, there are other water experiences for guests to enjoy while at Universal. Especially since there are no Universal Studios Florida water rides, Universal had to come up immersive and fun experiences that can also provide relief in Orlando heat in the other park. So, if you’re looking how to stay cool in Florida without getting on a water ride in Universal, then check out these other experiences in the parks. It’s also one of the best areas when visiting Universal Orlando with Kids!
One of our favorite water areas in Universal Studios Florida is the Curious George Goes to Town section of Woody Woodpecker’s KidZone. This area is huge and has plenty of splash area with bright and fun cartoonish buildings and interactive water elements. There are multiple levels to explore with soakers, spraying pipes and water buckets to ensure that you can get completely soaked if you want to.
This is a great options to bring the kids who are looking to get out of the hot sun and enjoy some time climbing around with Curious George. So, if you’re looking to an alternative that will probably get you wetter than an actual Universal water ride, we highly recommend stopping by this water experience.
Fievel’s Playland is an area inspired by the film An American Tail and Fievel Goes West, with many different play props, interactive splash elements and even a water slide. There are so many places to run, jump and climb, but most importantly, cool down when it gets too hot inside of the parks. While it isn’t technically a water ride in Universal Studios, there is a 200-foot water slide in Fievel’s Playland which kids and adults can slide together on.
If slides don’t interest you, but you’re looking to cool down, try instead the 1,000-gallon cowboy hat which can provide plenty of splashing and water opportunities.
Toon Lagoon is basically a miniature water park, will all of the elements inside of it having to do with water. This entire area will bring you back to the Sunday funny pages with very fun and cartoon-like buildings and attractions. Other than the attractions we’ve already mentioned, there is also Me Ship, the Olive, which is a multi-level play area with climbing elements, slides and water cannons.
So, if you haven’t had enough on either of the Toon Lagoon Island of Adventure water rides, make sure to pop over to the interactive play area to truly soak you thoroughly.
If you have a really little one with you that you want to introduce to Universal water rides, try One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish. This attraction is an interactive circle ride, very familiar to the iconic Dumbo attraction in Walt Disney World. The only difference is that you get to use your lever to avoid streams of water being sprayed by silly fish.
Now that we’ve learned all about the best water rides in Universal Studios and other water experiences, let’s talk about the best tips and tricks.
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A: Yes, there are three different water rides at Universal Studios and a variety of water experiences. Unfortunately, Universal Studios Florida does not have any water rides, and only Islands of Adventure has the three of them.
A: Yes, there are three different water rides in Islands of Adventure which is located in Universal Studios. There are other water experiences located both in Universal Studios Florida and Islands of Adventure like splash pads and interactive play areas.
A: There are technically only three water rides in Universal Studios, all of which are located in Islands of Adventure. Those Universal water rides are Jurassic Park River Adventure, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, and Dudley-Do Right’s Rip Saw Falls.
Guests who go on Jurassic Park River Adventure will get wet especially if they are seated in the front two rows towards the right side.
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