on October 28, 2009
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is a fun ride located in the Toon Lagoon section of Islands of Adventure. It fits perfectly with the "water water everywhere" theme of the land since it's a traditional flume ride where guests all sit in a log that follows a water-filled track. Themed after the Canadian Rockies that are Dudley Do-Right's home, the ride makes you feel as if you're actually riding the mountains, slipping and sliding down the tallest slopes on a thrilling and adventurous journey. The ride is located right at the entrance to the pavilion and is impossible to miss. The giant blue and green mountains that make up the bulk of the attraction can be seen from miles away, adding to the excitement as you enter the Universal Orlando resort.The ride starts in a queue line that resembles a mining shaft. The line twists and turns through a series of corridors and hallways, filled with faux crystals, gemstones and other little surprises. If you're claustrophobic, you may want to skip this one. The ride's a lot of fun, but the line was hard for me to get through and I don't normally have trouble with tight spaces. The corridors are very small and closed-in, and when you're in there with hundreds of other people on a crowded, hot summer day, it can get overwhelming, especially since there aren't any windows. If you have trouble with these kinds of situations but are determined to enjoy the ride, you should talk to a ride attendant who can bring you to a waiting area near the loading platform to wait for the rest of your family to make it to the front of the line, where you'll join them.This ride is a fun one! Unlike the elaborately themed flumes in the area (such as Splash Mountain at Disney's Magic Kingdom), the thrills here come from the ride itself. The theming mainly comes in the form of moving pictures of the Dudley Do-Right characters, without animatronics or special effects. This is one of the most thrilling flume ride's in Orlando though, with many drops and splashes taking riders by surprise. A big part of the fun here is not knowing what to expect since a lot of the big drops are hidden by fallen craters and craggy mountainsides so always be ready for a thrill around each corner!The ride is good for family's since riders only need to be 44-inches tall. The 75-foot drop is pretty intense though, so make sure everyone's ready for it. My favorite part of the ride is the drop itself, where riders go under a walkway and through water jets. You get absolutely soaking-wet drenched on this one! You'll actually be ringing out your clothes when you get off the ride, so be sure to wear light-weight, comfortable clothing that will dry quickly. You have to put all your stuff in a locker to keep it from getting ruined, so Universal offers free hour-long locker rentals near the ride for this purpose.
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