Here’s another youtube video I made. This one is of Popeye’s and Bluto’s Bilge Rat Barges water ride at Island of Adventure in Universal Studios. From the video it does not look like you will get very wet, but that is wrong!
Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges is the third water ride located in Universal’s Islands of Adventure Park. This whitewater rafting ride is based on the Popeye cartoons. The Bilge-Rat Barges opened in 1999 and it still is one of the country’s most popular themed versions of this staple attraction. It has fantastic thrills and spills and you DO get wet!
Riders get in a big circular raft and go down a river being soaked by waterfalls. As you go along the ride you are hit with water from top to bottom. Don’t be surprised if you’re completely soaked when it’s all over! This experience really offers bang-for-your-buck.
If you go on this journey, keep your eyes open because you’re going to get drenched. There are at least two points where huge amounts of water are dumped directly on the raft. Make sure the sun is shining so you can dry off afterwards. If you have children, don’t worry about them. They can enjoy the same ride as you as long as they are 44 inches tall.
Prepare to get very, very, very wet. Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges surely does what it’s supposed to do, which is to soak the rider. The rafts are designed to hold up to 12 people and proceed down a rapid waterway around some steep curves. If you don’t mind getting wet then you will enjoy the ride. This place is a lot of fun, so make sure you don’t miss it next time you visit Orlando.
So watch this youtube video of Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges water ride to give you an idea of what it’s like. Try to ride it on a hot, sunny day, which is most days here in Orlando!