Best Water Rides at Universal Orlando

for families

If you are planning a Universal vacation you should know about the water rides at Universal Orlando resort.  Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure have water attractions that range from spray areas for toddlers to thrilling water rides. We like to plan a portion of our day to ride the water attractions all at once. This is easier if you are visiting multiple days, but can still be done during a one day visit to the parks.

Best Water Rides at Universal Orlando


The best Universal Orlando water rides will depend on the ages of your group. If you have older kids and adults you may want to prioritize the thrilling attractions. For guests with toddlers and young children, the splash areas will be your best option. If you have young children Universal Studios water attractions are best. – Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges- Islands of Adventure, You will get wet. Fun for all ages. – Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls- Islands of Adventure, You will get wet. May be too intense for young kids. – Jurassic Park River Adventure-Islands of Adventure, You will get wet, typically not soaked. Might be scary for young kids but most are fine. – Fievel’s Playland- Universal Studios, The water slide is a lot of fun for kids of all ages. We really enjoyed this area.

Universal Studios has water rides that are best for kids. The main water attractions are Curious George Goes to Town and Fievel’s Playland Water Slide. Both of these attractions are play areas where kids can explore and run off some energy. The Curious George play area has a water bucket that spills all over guests. There is also a dry ball area in the back of the area. Fievel’s Playland has a fun water slide that is great for all ages. We like to let the kids play in these areas for a mid-day break.

Water Rides at Universal Studios

Water Rides at Islands of Adventure

Starting with the Toon Lagoon area at Islands of Adventure you will find multiple areas to get wet. As you walk through Toon Lagoon there are spray areas that can cool you off without waiting for an attraction. If you are looking for thrill you should ride Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. This is a raft rapid rides that you can either get totally soaked or not wet at all. It is really random but plan on getting soaked! Dudley Do-Rights Ripsaw Falls is more intense than your typical log flume ride. It has a 75 foot drop that may be too much for younger guests. The ride height is 44 inches and up.

Seuss Landing is the next land that has water attractions that are great for little ones. One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish is an interactive circle ride where guests have to move their fish up and down to avoid the water spraying at them. You will not get soaked but it is a good place to cool off. If I Ran the Zoo is another play area in Seuss Landing that has a few minor water elements. You can also play in this area and not get wet, so it is great with kids!

Tips for Water Attractions at Universal Orlando Resort


If you do not want to be soaked all day consider packing ponchos and flip flops. Use a locker to store your sneakers and ride the attractions without soaking your shoes. You may feel silly wearing a poncho but we are always happy we have them. I usually pick them up at the dollar store and bring them with us on our trip. After the ride you can either toss them or put them in a bag to dry out at your hotel.

Bring ziploc bags or ask at a gift shop for an empty bag to store them. This has saved us from being soaked for our entire day. If you have the time plan a water ride day. Visit both parks and do all the water rides and then return back to your hotel to change. We’ve done this during longer stays at Universal.