Description And Comments
Ripsaw Falls' characters are from the old Rocky and Bullwinkle television show. Readers who have the misfortune of not seeing this show can follow along with this refresher: Dudley is a Canadian Mountie who pursues Snidely Whiplash, his nemesis, throughout the Great White North. Snidely inevitably tries to kidnap Nell, the girl of Dudley's dreams. Nell ends up tied to some railroad tracks somewhere, and Dudley (with trusted horse, Horse) rescues her. The rescue usually comes through some convoluted scheme Dudley undertakes, usually unrelated to the actual rescue itself.
The original cartoons parodied everything from the implausible plots of early silent movies to the "friendly Canadian" trope, complete with really bad Quebecois accents. Being fans of the show, we think this attraction may have been inspired by Dudley's "Saw Mill" cartoon circa 1970.
IOA's tribute to the cartoon is Ripsaw Falls, a log flume ride similar to the Magic Kingdom's Splash Mountain. Riders board log-like ride vehicles and bob along a man-made river, floating past mostly static scenes telling the story of Snidley kidnapping Nell, with Dudley's eventual rescuing.
As far as log flume rides go, Ripsaw Falls is pretty good. There are two medium-size drops during the 6-minute ride, and one big drop near the end. Most of the scenery is colorful and mildly amusing, and IOA does a good job of shielding riders from seeing the rest of the park, so Whipsaw Falls feels more immersive than, say, the nearby Bilge-Rat Barges. The ride loading area, too, has some visual gags that would make the original show's writers proud. The on-board ride audio is also good.
That being said, Ripsaw Falls isn't in the same league as Disney's Splash Mountain attraction. Most of Ripsaw Falls' effects are non-moving statues, whereas Splash Mountain is loaded with moving animatronics, water effects and gorgeous scenery. The difference in attraction visuals is like comparing a hand-drawn cartoon to a 3-D film experience.
- This attraction participates in Universal Express.
Riders will get wet, though not as soaked as on Bilge-Rat Barges or, say, the worst of Disney's Kali River Rapids. If you're going to ride both Ripsaw Falls and Bilge-Rat Barges, see them one after another at the end of the day and wear a poncho. Also beware of the water cannon stationed along the exit walkway, there to spray the unsuspecting. Ride this after experiencing all of the Marvel Super Hero rides.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls when you visit on a day with a given Islands of Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls Wait Times.
- This attraction has a minimum-height requirement of 44 inches.
Must be 44" tall to ride.
Disney Dish with Jim Hill
RIPPING ON A RIVAL
Universal Creative has always enjoyed poking fun at Disney—for instance, tossing a pair of Mickey ears into the floating wreckage in the now-closed JAWS ride. But for the finale of Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls, the team outdid itself, lifting an entire scene from Pirates of the Caribbean: A jailed Snidely Whiplash tries to persuade a not-so-eager beaver to hand over the keys to his cell.
Other Attractions in Toon Lagoon
Touring Plans with Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls
- Islands of Adventure One Day Touring Plan for Seniors
- Islands of Adventure One Day Touring Plan for Tweens
- Islands of Adventure One Day Touring Plan for Adults (revised)
- Universal Orlando Two-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adults with Early Entry DAY 2/PART 1
- Universal Orlando Two-Day/Two-Park Plan for Adult Off-Site Guests DAY 2/PART 1
|Wait per 100 people ahead||9 minutes|
When to go
Before 11 a.m.
|Opening Date||May 28, 1999|
|Scope and scale||Major Attraction|
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