Ripsaw Falls - Universal 's Islands of Adventure
Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls is located in Toon
Lagoon at Universal's Islands of Adventure. This
water ride is based on one of America’s favorite
cartoons and comic strips character, Dudley
The trademark red hat of the heroic Dudley
leads you into one of the most exciting
water rides available on the East Coast.
Many have been heard saying that the ride is
the fastest and has the largest downward
drop of any water flume ride around.
The ride consists of a small amount of
six-passenger logs (they’re a little bit
smaller than most other log rides, but after
the ride begins you’ll understand why). The
lagoon is full of about 400,000 gallons of
water. The water is closely monitored
throughout the day for debris and things
that have fallen inside to add to
The lagoon is also filtered out
throughout the week to allow for new water
intake to keep the water free from bacteria and
other substances that may be deemed harmful if
swallowed in large amounts.
As the ride begins, you will travel around a
track within the lagoon to be allowed to see the
sites and cute paintings posted along the ride.
The next thing you know, you
will be traveling at speeds close to 50 mph
heading for one of the largest drop offs in log
flume ride history. This drop-off is about 75
feet high and actually lifts the rider
completely off the seat at take off. At one
point of the ride you are actually 15 feet below
the water surface. The water is of course
contained on either side of you, but don’t be
fooled by the way it looks, prepare to get wet.
The speed of this water ride has been an issue
in the past years since its introduction at
Universal. Hundreds of people have complained of
small to severe injuries after riding this
particular flume ride.
In the past 5 years, there have been very few
confirmed incidents involving the ride since a
lap bar safety system was installed. This is no
substitution for a good warning though. At the
entrance to the ride you will find a list of
do’s and don’t before entering on to the ride.
Pay attention to all safety guidelines because
you are the one that will ideally pay for any
mistakes in your own judgment. You must be a
minimum of 44 inches to ride, but the ride has
been known to cause tailbone injuries in young
riders as well as the elderly.