Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Ride in Islands of Adventure

 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges seat 12 people. You can store bags and other items in the center console to keep them dry.

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges seat 12 people. You can store bags and other items in the center console to keep them dry.

Ride Type

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is a water ride.

Location

The Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barge ride is located in the Sweet Haven section of Toon Lagoon in Universal Orlando's Islands of Adventure. Look for it near Me Ship, The Olive

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Ride Description

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is one of two water rides in the Toon Lagoon area. The other is Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls. The storyline for both rides is similar: a girl is kidnapped by an evil villain, and the hero must save the damsel in distress. In the case of Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges, Popeye must save Olive Oyl from Bluto.  

Guests start the experience by clambering into a 12-person barge and buckling up to brace themselves for the wild ride. The barge sails through rapids in a waterway, passing by many Popeye-themed scenes along the way. Specific encounters include multiple waterfalls, leaky pipes, and an Octopus Grotto that holds an 18-foot tall, 14-foot wide octopus that likes to spray guests with his 10-foot long tentacles. 

The barge bobs, dips, and dives through a lot of churning water, which practically guarantees that water will rush over the side of the raft and onto the barge seat. Riders also get wet when they pass the nearby Me Ship, the Olive, a three-story boat equipped with water cannons. There is almost always someone on the bow of this ship waiting to squirt water at the barge riders. 

 Riders get wet in splash zones along the canal.

Riders get wet in splash zones along the canal.

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Ride History

In Toon Lagoon's early design phases, when the land was to be called Cartoon World, this ride was originally called Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barge Wild River Ride. Popeye was going to have his own ride called Popeye's Adventure Boat Ride. The adventure boat ride was eventually scrapped, and Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges was born. The barge ride opened with the rest of Toon Lagoon and Islands of Adventure in 1999.

Express Pass

Guest can use an Express Pass to skip the lines and shorten their wait time for Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges.

Single Rider Line

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges does not have a single rider line.

Child Swap

As with most rides in Islands of Adventure, child swap is an option for guests who have children that do not want to ride Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges.

 People aboard Me Ship, The Olive can spray barge riders with water cannons (see the blue cannon on the right).

People aboard Me Ship, The Olive can spray barge riders with water cannons (see the blue cannon on the right).

Height Restrictions

At minimum, guests must be 42 inches tall to experience this water ride. Guests who are more than 42 inches tall but less than 48 inches tall must ride with a supervising companion. 

Accessibility

Transfer from an electronic conveyance vehicle or wheel chair to ride seating is required to sail on Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges.

UO Fan Guide Ride Tips

This is the wettest water ride in Islands of Adventure. How wet you get is sometimes dependent on how the barge turns and whether or not you get doused by a waterfall, but you should expect to get soaked.

A cheap, disposable poncho might help, but with water coming at you from all directions, a thin layer of plastic rarely offers the kind of full-body coverage you need to stay completely dry. There are signs posted stating that shirts and shoes must be worn at all times, but you quite often see other guests take their shoes off and store them in the covered center console once they are aboard the raft. This console can also be used to store bags and other items. However, if you have electronics or anything else that shouldn't get wet, you are better off storing your goods in watertight bags, or better yet, the nearby lockers.

 Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is located in the Sweet Haven section of Toon Lagoon.

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is located in the Sweet Haven section of Toon Lagoon.

The lockers near the ride entrance are not free. You will need to pay at least $4 to rent the locker for 90 minutes. The price goes up if you want to rent the locker for a longer period. If you plan on riding other water rides in addition to Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges (such as Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls or Jurassic Park River Adventure), you should consider riding them all back-to-back-to-back to save money on lockers and ponchos. 

UO Fan Guide Mini Review of Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is by far the wettest water ride in Islands of Adventure, but it doesn't have the thrill factor that you get from the big drops on Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls and Jurassic Park River Adventure. Even without the plummets, it is a really fun ride, and the experience is unique because you get to watch the expressions on the faces of the people around you as they get soaked with water. The theming is also well done. The Sweet Haven area is visually interesting, and the barge ride gives you a unique view of the area. 

Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges Image Gallery

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UO Guest Reviews Of Popeye And Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges

What else can you say about this ride other than you get soaked, top to bottom, left to right, and every area in between. It is fun if you feel like getting wet...if not STAY AWAY. You have almost zero chance of staying dry on this. I will ride it again at the end of a hot day at the park.
— Diana F.

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