When preparing for your trip to Universal’s Islands of Adventure in Orlando, Florida is important to have an idea of the rides you plan to go on and any additional things you might want to bring with you.
One set of rides, in particular, you may want to pay special attention to are the water rides.
Universal Island’s of Adventure has three water rides they are; Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, Jurassic Park River Adventure and Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. All three water rides accept Express Passes, however, you need to be at least 42″ tall to be permitted to ride.
There are a couple of things you should note specifically about the water rides at Island’s of Adventure to ensure you get to experience them all while still having an awesome day!
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1. There Are 3 Water Rides At Universal’s Islands of Adventure
There are three water rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, two of which are located within the Toon Lagoon district. The minimum height requirement is 42″ although Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls requires you to be 44″ and Jurassic Park River Adventure 48″.
|Location||Height Requirement||Average Standby Wait Time||Lockers||People Dryers|
|Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls||Toon Lagoon||44″||70 minutes||Yes||Yes|
|Jurassic Park River Adventure||Jurassic Park||48″||40 minutes||Yes||Yes|
|Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges||Toon Lagoon||42″||20 minutes||Yes||Yes|
The least popular water ride at Island’s of Adventure is Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges which often has a wait time of around 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, the most popular ride is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls which often sees standby wait times of over an hour. However, you can reduce these wait times significantly by purchasing an Express Pass.
All the water rides at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure accept the Express Pass which has been known to reduce the standby wait time by around 80%.
All of the water rides at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure also have free lockers where you can store your belongings for up to two hours preventing them from getting wet. While you can take personal belongings on the ride it’s done so at your own risk.
There are also people dryers outside of each of the rides where you can dry off. The dryers cost $5 per session and around 3 / 4 people comfortably will fit in one dryer. The dryer sessions last around 3 minutes and do help to dry you off if you got soaked.
2. You Will Get Wet On The Water Rides
I’ve sat in different places on every water ride at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure and if there’s one thing I’ve learnt it’s that you’ll get wet, no matter what!
The majority of the seats you sit on for the rides are already wet from the hundreds of times the ride has already gone around and a lot of that water remains in the base of the rides vessel.
Of course, getting just that wet is the minimum. In actual fact, you’re likely to get much, much wetter than that. My brother found out the hard way on Jurassic Park River Adventure, I’ll never forget the look on his face, he was soaked!
3. There Are Lockers For Your Belongings
All of the water rides at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure have lockers which are free to use for up to two hours. If you want to use the locker for longer than that then you’ll be required to pay.
These lockers are ideal for small personal belongings such as cameras and mobile phones that you don’t want to get wet.
All items are left at your own risk, however, we’ve used the lockers hundreds of times without issue and the security around it is fingerprint-based so is relatively safe.
Storing your items in a locker isn’t compulsory for any of the rides, unlike The Hulkcoaster or Rip Ride Rocket for example but if you do plan on taking your electronics on the ride with you be sure they are in a safe well-protected place.
I once left my phone in my pocket, and while it wasn’t damaged it did get significantly wet and I had to get a family member to pull it out for me while I stood there dripping wet.
4. There Are “People Dryers”
At the exit of each of the water rides, there is a people dryer. These dryers cost $5 and allow you to stand inside what I can only describe as a giant hairdryer. Each people dryer fits around 3 people comfortably and allows you to have warm air blown onto you to dry you off.
The dryer lasts around 3 – 5 minutes, and you can exit out of either of the sides at any time if you get bored, find it uncomfortable or have dried off completely.
As there are giant exits either side this process doesn’t feel claustrophobic and is actually a great way to dry off quickly and continue enjoying your day at the park.
5. You Can Bring A Change Of Clothes
You are more than welcome to bring a change of clothes to Island’s of Adventure with you and change out of your wet clothes and into some dry ones in the toilets which are situated at multiple points around the park.
This is a particularly great way of drying off free of charge and allowing you to continue enjoying your day at Island’s of Adventure. Just be sure that you ring out your wet clothes as much as possible and pop them in a waterproof bag with nothing else otherwise you may find your bag dripping as you walk around the park.
If you didn’t bring a change of clothes with you, but would still like to get changed you could purchase a new t-shirt and a pair of shorts from one of the gift stores. This is an expensive way of getting dry but does leave you with an awesome new souvenir.
6. You Can Bring Or Buy A Poncho & Wear It On The Rides
One of the best ways of staying somewhat dry while experiencing the magic of the water rides at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure is by wearing a poncho.
You can buy poncho’s in advance online or from major stores, as well as at any of the stores at Universal’s Island’s of Adventure. Each of the rides has a store at the end, however, you’re more than welcome to visit that store first to purchase your poncho before queuing to go on the ride.
Poncho’s purchased at Universal Studios and Universal’s Island’s of Adventure are Universal branded which is pretty cool, however, they cost $10 inc tax which is significantly more than you’ll pay if you purchase one prior to your trip.
While a poncho won’t keep you entirely dry it does significantly reduce how wet you get on the water rides and can be attached to your backpack to dry off as you continue to walk around the park.
A good quality poncho should last your entire trip to Universal Orlando resort and of course, has the added benefit of being able to keep you somewhat dry in the event of rain (here’s more on what happens when it rains at Universal Studios Orlando).