2010 Best Theme Park Attraction nominee: Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges at Universal's Islands of Adventure
Bring a change of dry clothes: Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges
from Universal' Islands of Adventure joins the Best Theme Park Attraction tournament
as the 14th seed in the Best Themed Ride bracket.
Step into the floating tub for a ride through these cartoon rapids. Our nemesis, Bluto, throws a switch and, sure enough, mayhem ensues as we float down the wrong stream with cartoon cliches hurtling toward us, spewing and gushing water at the raft. The kids playing on the Olive ship playground aim their water cannons at us, too, soaking whomever manages to slip through the rapids undrenched.
The Bilge-Rat Barges opened with Islands of Adventure in 1999 and remain a visitor favorite, as one of the nation's most elaborately themed versions of this staple attraction. But, seriously, unless it's 90+ degrees with the sun remaining high in a clear sky when you visit, you really should have a change of clothes ready. Smart visitors hit Popeye & Bluto's back-to-back with the nearby Dudley Do-Right's flume ride, to get thoroughly soaked before hitting the lockers (or hotel room) for fresh, dry clothes.
Here's a promotional snippet:
Will readers vote Bilge-Rat Barges into the second round? We'll find out when voting begins in the Best Theme Park Attraction Tournament, in March. In the meantime, please share your thoughts about Popeye & Bluto's Bilge-Rat Barges, in the comments.
Simply the best raft ride around, I hope it does well.
I like it! One of my favs at IOA!
I absolyely LOVE this ride! It's the most wonderful raft ride ever!!!
... and here comes Debbie Downer!
Definitely one of the best, if not THE best, of it's type.
One of the best, if not THE best, of it's type.
This has to be the WETTEST ride i have ever been on.. It was fun but sadly the day we went wasnt all that hot so we didnt dry off too well.
Yes this is the best river rapid ride I have ever been on….
Beware the Orlando chafe.
Water attraction second only to Splash Mountain!
This ride surely does what it's supposed to do, which is to say soak the rider. IOA pulls off the theme really well too. The only reason I hesitate to vote this one is for the same reason it's good. A water ride like this isn't one I'm going to ride unless it's hot outside. While the Orlando sun does provide plenty of those days, it also provides plenty of rain and cooler days too. Theme aside, I just don't want to get soaked every time I go to the park. I'll ride the coasters, dark rides, thrill and theme rides everytime, but not always the water rides.
Apologies for double post.
The absolute best raft ride in existence. Tops in theming, length and excitement. Include Jurassic Park and Dudley for the ultimate water ride trilogy.
Yeah I agree with all the comments, this is by far the best theme park raft ride and the Wettest! by far. This ride has it all with the nice sight gags and the length of the ride is satisfying. Poor Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom pales in comparision to Popeye. As for this tourney it won't advance but it's nice to see it ranked.
In a true rarity, P&B Bilge-Rat Barges is one of the few white water attractions that actually gets riders wet due to the rapids and motion of the raft, as opposed to just turning on a shower at the end (although the ride does have PLENTY of showers!).
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