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.
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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WET WET WET
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.
No Splash Mountain
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.
Favorite Ride at Islands of Adventure
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 BEST WATER RIDE IN THE WORLD!
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.
best log ride i ever been on. I has just obnly being on one before ond that was on liseberg in sweden and this ride that this llook like really suck. this has 3 drops!
Could not stop laughing
Best log ride I have every been on. Very long ride, and worth a good 30-45 minute wait. Due warning, the express pass line does not move very fast, so make sure everyone has gone to the bathroom right before you get in line. This ride should have your whole family laughing. You think your coming up to the drop every time, but your not, and your in for more dips, slips and silly jokes!
This is one of the best log rides I have ever been on. And it's the longest too. You turn a corner thinking your about to drop and then it just keeps going. You get really wet on this ride. It is a great way to cool you off, and fast to. And on a hot day you should dry off before you have to leave. Would recommend this to anybody.
Dudley doesn't always "Do"
Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls is an awesome ride -- when it is running. We have passes and at least half the time we visit the park this ride isn't working. That is very frustrating because when it runs it is a lot of fun -- if you like roller coasters that is.
The ride is a combination of a themed water ride (remember the old Dudley Do Right cartoons or movie?) and it is funny. There are some drops along the way and one huge drop that will have your stomach in your throat -- hey that is what you WANT from a theme ride, right?
The only reason I haven't rated this higher is the fact that half the time I really want to ride it and it isn't running!
One heck of a ride
This ride is my favorite for a few personal reasons(my first thrill ride when i was 6) This ride is a great way to cool off there are 3 drops one in darkness one small one and the big climax drop! You will get soaked and watch out out for the pepeole on the bridge squirting at you also the human dryers are NOT worth the money so just bring a extra pair of clothes! The ride gets busy fast so make sure to do it in the morning or at night!
Highlight of the water rides
This is by far my family\'s favourite water ride. We all love the story as you\'re making your way up to the big drop, always getting wide eyes and giggles! The queue is very entertaining, so there\'s never any moaning, even with a large queue time. The drop itself is really fun, and the way everyone is seated one behind the other, everyone gets a share of the splash!!
The only complaints we have about the ride is that its not long enough, and unfortunately we\'ve had quite a few times we\'ve been in line, but they\'ve had technical difficulties, so its added to queue time - but since the queue is so fun we don\'t mind
INSIDER TIP : Look out for water cannons, and, if you don\'t want to get soaked, invest in a rain mac!
The Perfect way to cool down...with some free laughs.
This is THE best water ride across all of the Orlando parks. Picture the seen, its in the 90's, you've been walking around all morning, its hot and you need to sit down and cool off. Ripsaw Falls has you covered, take a seat in the ride car and have some fun.
With this ride you are guaranteed to get soaked. And when I say soaked, I mean SOAKED, 100% wet through. Its awesome!
Insider Tip: Dont worry about paying a couple of $$ to get dry, if its a nice day, you'll be dry in no time.
It's not the ride that drenches you...
This attraction is a must-do during my annual trips to Orlando. Although I am not sure if children today even know who Dudley Do-Right is, for me, that just adds to the retro charm of this attraction.
Whether its the retro paint jobs, the standing cutout characters, or the clever puns inserted into the dialogue throughout the ride, the architects have made sure there is something to amuse everyone from child to adult. While Ripsaw Falls is complete with lots of fun fakeouts for the rider, the final drop does not disappoint, as you are hit with water from seemingly all directions.
That feeling doesn't stop once you're through the Falls, however. Be on the lookout for people operating the water cannons from the bridge! In all the times I've gone on this attraction, I have found that the folks on the bridge are more responsible for my wet clothing than the actual attraction.
HELPFUL HINT: The "people dryers" aren't worth the money you put in them. If you have the ability to, pack a change of clothing. Otherwise, plan to wear quick-dry clothing that wicks away water. Your body will thank you later!