Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls will be closed January 25 – February 13 for annual maintenance.
Restrictions and access
44 inches; has Express Pass access and a single rider line; there are lockers nearby that can be used for a small fee, but you are not required to stow loose articles in them — just be sure to note there is no storage on the Ripsaw Falls ride vehicles.
Two sentence insider summary
Join Dudley Do-Right (of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) on this flume ride that is like Disney’s Splash Mountain on steroids. If you do not want to get wet, this one is almost as much fun to watch as it is to ride.
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls at Universal’s Islands of Adventure.
3 out of 5. You will be more worried about getting wet.
The wait times for this ride and Jurassic Park River Adventure vary greatly with the weather. If it is a hot day in the summer, ride times could get up as high as 90 minutes. If it is not the summer, or if it is not particularly warm out, you may not see wait times longer than 20 minutes. On nice days try to do this one early in the morning or later in the evening.
What you wish you knew before you experienced it
YOU WILL GET SOAKED. Luckily, Universal sells ponchos and even extra socks and shorts should you need them. And they have strange human-sized dryers you can stand in for a fee.
OI fun fact
There are water cannons staged along the bridge that overlooks Ripsaw Falls. For a quarter you can blast riders with even more water. There are change machines located on the bridge too if you forget to bring coins.
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The whole family plucked up the courage and rode this for the first time in 3 visits.
It's a great ride for a hot day but we all noticed the overpowering unclean smell of the dirty brown water. This was not a problem on Disney's Splash Mountain. Just make sure your mouth is closed tight during that last big drop!
I'm sure people who watch from the bridge know that they'd get soaked riding this.
I love this ride, and I was so bummed out when it was closed off for renovation... but now it feels like it rides faster during the "big drop!"
If you have gone to Disney, this is just like Splash Mountain, except it has a different theme.
I normally prefer any Universal ride over it's Disney equivalent, but I have to be completely honest here. Ripsaw Falls is a pale copy of Splash Mountain with only about half the charm. It's nice on a hot day to ride, just for the great splash at the end, but I don't feel it has much else going for it. The line is usually very long, especially on a hot day, and the inside queue always feels damp and musty. The talking characters on the wall are kind of annoying. The Single Rider Line is the only reason I ever ride this one. It is almost nearly a walk on with the single rider line, and you get to skip the musty queue with the annoying characters. The ride itself is gentle at first, with a damsel-in-distress storyline that just doesn't capture the imagination. There is one nice thrill effect with an oncoming train, but other than that, the ride does not offer many thrills or even chuckles. The big drop at the end is pretty awesome, though, so my advice is take the single rider line and do it once just for the drop.
I've visited Universal three times and this has always been my favorite ride hands down. Maybe it's because I'm old enough to know who Dudley Do-Right is, but even if I didn't have any idea who the characters were, the ride is just non-stop fun.
The first time I rode this was probably in 2004. We visited in an off-peak time and were able to go on this ride again and again with virtually no waiting.
The ride itself is a great combination of inside and outside, with mini splash drops and multiple times that make you think you're about to hit that big plunge down but you're not quite there yet. The ride is long enough and there are enough drops along the way that you don't realize how high you've actually climbed before the final drop and splash down occur.
Even after the drop, the ride isn't over. You wind through an area where the spectators can soak you with water cannons as you're making your way to the end.
A few tips. Be prepared to get soaked, there are enough splash areas on this ride that you will get drenched! There are lockers to rent outside that are perfect to store your belongings (or a change of clothes). They do have giant people dryers for $5 but I'd honestly save your money. I don't think it really dried anything for me.
Last tip - if there's someone in your group you want to soak, put them in the back of the log. I visited with a college basketball team and three of the biggest and heaviest guys climbed into the front and stuck a smaller assistant coach in the back. The added weight made it feel like the ride was going even faster. As they hit the final plunge, all the guys crouched as low as they could and the wave of water washed over them and drenched the guy in the back!
This is the ride that draws me to Islands of Adventure every time! When I was a kid, we rode a ride called the "Plunge" in Branson. This is probably three times higher! I can't describe what it feels like when you finally get to the top and you look down over the park. You see the other park-goers waiting to get soaked. It's an incredible rush.
Tip: Ride this at night! The lines are super short, because who wants to get soaked right before they go home?! (We do! We do!) We bring a towel and extra clothes for our kids. But, there are also dryers for $5 that an entire family can stand in to get air dried.
Tip: The child swap area is very handy if you have a kid who doesn't want to ride. Another thing we've tried is letting him sit in the back so he can't see what's going on. Then he has fun, too!
You can bring a small backpack and put it in the ride with you, but it's going to get soaked. I like to wrap mine in a poncho to keep it dry, but there are also lockers nearby.
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