At some point, I got old.
When I was a vibrant young man who loved life and adventure, I’d get my theme park ticket and plan how many river rafts and log flumes I could hit on a warm summer day.
I could get soaked to the bone at 9 am and wear the same clothes and shoes for the next 12 to 14 hours. Not a problem, my friend.
Today, I get theme park tickets and look at the water rides and ask, do I want to carry extra shoes into the park? What about pants?
There’s nothing worse than sludging around the theme park soaking wet and dealing with chafing. I should have just stayed dry.
But if you like water rides, or if you want to know which ones you’ll get the wettest riding, this is the list for you.
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Are there any water rides at Universal Studios?
Not counting all the water slides at Universal’s Volcano Bay water park, there are several water attractions.
All of them are at Universal’s Islands of Adventure since the closing of the Curious George play area.
What is the wettest ride at Universal Orlando?
We’ve got to rank them. Here are the best and wettest water rides at the Universal Orlando Resort:
7. Me Ship, The Olive
Wetness ranking: Sahara Desert.
Technically, this play area attraction isn’t a wet ride, but it does have water cannons so your little ones can blast the poor souls on the Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges ride nearby.
It’s safe if you don’t want to get wet but still want to participate in some of the fun.
6. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish
Wetness ranking: Southern California – where I’m assured it never rains, current weather patterns notwithstanding.
This Seuss Landing kids’ ride offers instructions in the song on how to avoid getting squirted with water.
As a result, my kids left the ride completely dry.
5. Jurassic Park River Adventure
Wetness ranking: Central Florida, where it can be pouring rain in one spot and dry as a bone within a mile radius.
It’s interesting that this ride uses 1.5 million gallons of water but not a lot of it makes it into the boat.
The ride has been recently worked on to add a little more splash. Traditionally, the front of the ride gets wetter than the back, but we’ll see as the summer goes on if that is changing.
The minimum height requirement is 42 inches.
4. Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
Wetness rating: East Tennessee because it changes dramatically and inexplicably despite what the meteorologists say.
This is a speedy log flume ride that also pushes more water out than up. This Toon Lagoon classic features ride vehicles that are four-person canoes.
You can get pretty wet, but I think the way the water flies varies depending on factors like how much weight is in your canoe and maybe if a butterfly flapped its wings in Indonesia or something. I haven’t nailed down the science.
3. Camp Jurassic
Wetness rating: South American Rain Forest. This is good for the dinosaurs.
This kids’ splash pad area is specifically built to get people good and wet. It’s a splash pad. Therefore, that’s its job.
2. Jurassic Park River Adventure Splash Zone
Wetness rating: The Pacific Northwest. If you visit here, you’re going to get wet.
The splash zone is also not a ride. But the ride vehicles at the previously mentioned River Adventure push more water out than up and into the ride.
Do you want a cooling blast of water? Hit the splash zone.
1. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
Wetness ranking: Atlantis. Aquaman would think the wetness level of this ride – and the punks over on the Me Ship, the Olive, and the water cannons – is excessive.
I’ve never seen people leave a raft ride wetter than coming off this ride. People who didn’t know what they were getting into were big mad.
I’m pretty sure I witnessed a couple go in the queue happy and come off divorced.
Do rides still run in the rain at Universal?
It depends. If the rain is light, then the rides will continue. I’ve personally seen Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges continue to operate in what I’d consider intermittent substantial rain.
But heavy rains, winds, storms or lightning will close down all outdoor rides, including water rides.
Do you need an Express Pass for any of the water rides at Universal?
It wouldn’t hurt, especially on a hot day.
In my experience, the water rides generally have pretty reasonable wait times, at least not as bad as the roller coasters.
But if you have your heart set on a certain ride, a Universal Express Pass might not be a bad idea.
When riding water rides, should I wear flip-flops?
I am firmly against wearing flip-flops to the theme parks. Theme parks require foot support. Your feet support you, the least you can do is support them.
That being said, throwing in a change of lighter shoes might not be a bad idea. Crocs and flip-flops are permitted to be worn in the park, but you may be asked to take them off for the more exciting thrill rides.
There are free lockers available at Jurassic Park River Adventure, Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges, and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls for you to put your stuff that you don’t want to get wet.
You can also rent an all-day locker to store any extras you might want to keep handy.
If we go to Volcano Bay, what attractions are the wettest?
The wave pool is pretty much complete immersion depending on how deep you go, and the same goes for the Puka Uli Lagoon and The Reef.
Really anything with a pool comes in tied for No. 1, right?
Included in that group would be the body slides – Kala & Tai Nui Serpentine Body Slides, Ko’okiri Body Plunge, and Ohno of Ohyah & Ohno Drop Slides – because you splash down in a pool.
Although, if I’m being honest, it’s a water park so any direction you go is going to have some water factor.
The Krakatau Aqua Coaster promises you will get drenched. The Maku of the Maku Puihi Round Raft Rides has geysers that promise to hit you with cooling waters.
There’s no deep pool at the end of Punga Racers, but it’s a water slide the whole way. Even the Kopiko Wai Winding River is going to get you wet.
Also, both the Honu of the Honu ika Moana and the ika Moana of the Honu ika Moana will get you soaked as you ride the currents.
What do you think about the water rides at Universal Studios Florida? Let us know in the comments!