Popeye and Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges is another addition to the few water rides in Islands of Adventure. It is located in Toon Lagoon among the other water ride Dudley Do Right’s Ripsaw Falls. Popeye was a favorite cartoon among children and adults alike, not only did it keep its viewers entertained and laughing it displayed the importance of spinach in a daily diet! The Popeye’s ride is a river rapids ride, you travel down a river and through the rapids on a raft that can hold up to 8 people and get sprayed and splash from beginning to end on this 6 minute trip. The raft used on this ride is similar to a roulette wheel because it spins around leaving the visitors clueless to who’s going to get water poured on them by the next waterfall.
This ride starts out as a peaceful adventure down a calm and relaxing river until Bluto changes the sign and sends the raft down the wrong path towards the rapids. A neat thing about the rafts on this ride is that they are specially designed to fill up with water and drain out before the water gets too high this feature allows the passengers to get as wet as possible! The water in the raft is not only the only way you get soaked on this ride, as that’s happened you will find yourself under many waterfalls and face to face with spraying machines that let anyone spray you. You become sprayed with cannons as Bluto takes you up to the boat wash, and you head down the main drop. The most unique part of this ride is you barely know when you are getting splashed either because you are constantly getting splashed you don’t pay attention or because all of the decorations are tube shaped and you never know which one will spray. Though this ride is not famous for any inversions or steep drops it is known to get you soaked. Before coming to Islands of Adventure make sure you are dressed for the ride.
This ride is perfect for the visitors who are interested in getting drenched and having fun with their family and friends or whoever else they can fit into such a large raft. Though this ride is among the few water rides at Islands of Adventure it is among the top rides that will get you drenched in water!