Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls in Islands of Adventure
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is located along King's Row in Toon Lagoon in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. You can find the entrance to the right of the Comic Strip Café.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Ride Description
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is a Universal Orlando water ride based on the Royal Canadian Mountie character Dudley Do-Right. Other characters incorporated into the ride include Horse (Dudley's horse), Nell Fenwick (Dudley's crush), Inspector Fenwick (Dudley's boss), and Snidely Whiplash (Dudley's arch nemesis).
To get to the ride, you must first navigate a lengthy queue that winds through Snidely Whiplash's hideout. There are lots of different jokes and sight gags to make the wait feel more enjoyable. The queue takes you up to the top of a saw mill where you learn that the fair Nell Fenwick has been kidnapped (once again) by Snidely Whiplash. Can Dudley and his trusty steed save the day? Of course, you need to go through the ride to find out.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is probably best described as a flume ride, but you could also consider it an aqua coaster of sorts. The ride vehicles are log-shaped like the vehicles in a traditional free-floating flume ride, but the ride runs along an underwater track like a roller coaster. After boarding the ride, you sail through a few dark corridors where more of the story plays out. There are a few small to medium sized drops that feel exciting until you hit the real highlight of the ride: a 75-foot drop that sends you plummeting into a large pool of water at the bottom of the saw mill.
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Ride History
The Ripsaw Falls ride is based off the characters created by cartoonists Jay Ward and Alex Anderson. Dudley Do-Right made his first television appearance on NBC in 1961. Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls opened in Toon Lagoon in 1999 with the rest of the Islands of Adventure Park. It was the very first flume ride to drop riders beneath the water level.
The attraction closed temporarily in March of 2000 because guests complained about the roughness of the ride. Lap bars were added to the ride vehicles, and slight adjustments were made to the track. The ride re-opened that same year. In 2011, the roof of the attraction caught fire. It closed for a few weeks so that the damage could be repaired.
Like many other rides, Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls undergoes regular annual maintenance during slow periods. It is sometimes closed for a week or two each year, typically in January or February when there isn't a high demand for water rides.
You can use an Express Pass at Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. Express Passes are especially useful in the summer when wait times can get really long in the middle of the day.
Single Rider Line
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls does not have a single rider line.
Child swap is available and may be useful for guests who have kids that don't meet the height requirement or possess the thrill-seeking nature required to enjoy the steep drop on Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls.
Guests need to meet a minimum 44 inch height requirement to ride Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. Guests above 44 inches but below 48 inches must ride with a supervising companion.
Guests must transfer to the ride seating.
UO Fan Guide Ride Tips
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is a water ride. It's almost impossible to ride it without getting wet. Bring a cheap poncho to the park or buy a poncho from a nearby kiosk if you want to remain semi-dry. If you get wet, there are large people dryers nearby. If you step inside these boxes (picture an oversized telephone booth) and stick money in the slot, the dryers will hit you with warm air. They help a little, but if you get soaked on the ride, don't expect to step out dry after just one cycle.
Unlike most rides, free ride lockers are not provided for your bags or other loose articles. Since your stuff will get wet, you may want to rent one of the nearby lockers, which allow you to store your stuff for 90 minutes or more. Prices for the lockers start at $4 and go up from there. You can save money by riding all of the water rides (Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges, and Jurassic Park River Adventure) back-to-back-to-back.
There is a lot of eye candy around this ride. Be sure to check out the Mount-Rushmore inspired carving that features the faces of Dudley, Horse, Nell, and Inspector Fenwick. The talking beaver and bear heads and the movie posters inside the queue, which spoof films like Jaws and E.T. the Extra Terrestrial, are also a lot of fun.
If you don't want to ride Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, you can still engage with this ride by using the water cannons near the ride (on the bridge to Skull Island: Reign of Kong) to spray water on the people who are riding.
UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is an excellent water ride. If you don't mind getting wet, it’s a must-do on warm days.
The last drop is rather exciting; it truly feels like the ride vehicle is plummeting once it starts going downhill. The audio and visual gags are also really funny, particularly if you like puns.
The biggest complaint most people have about Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls involves the ride seating. The log-like boats are small. If you have long legs, if you are slightly taller or larger than average, or if you are a bit claustrophobic, the boats can feel like a tight fit.
There is a sample seat near the queue entrance; use it before you ride to test the fit.
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