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Universal Ride Finally Reopens, but the Timing Couldn’t Be Worse

After months of closure, we’re thrilled to hear a popular Universal ride is finally reopening at Universal Orlando Resort’s Island of Adventure theme park. Unfortunately, the timing is anything but ideal.

While Walt Disney World is planning January 2023 closures for both of its water rides, including the permanent closure of Splash Mountain at Magic Kingdom Park and the refurbishment closure of Kali River Rapids at Disney’s Animal Kingdom… Disney’s neighboring theme park, Universal, is opening its iconic water ride.

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That’s right, after two months of closure, Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls finally reopened on December 19, 2022.

@OrlandoInformer took to social media to share, “Grab your trusty steed – it’s time to save the day! Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls has reopened from refurbishment after a closure of over two months.”

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According to reports, the popular Universal water ride suffered a good bit of infrastructure damage following the destructive Hurricane Ian that tore through Florida in late September 2022.

While we’re thankful to see this fan-favorite ride reopen, unfortunately, the timing is not-so-great.

Central Florida is currently experiencing extremely low temperatures for the holiday season. Christmas Eve (December 24, 2022) is forecasted to have a low of 31 degrees and a high of 48 degrees, with Christmas Day (December 25, 2022) forecasting a low of 36 degrees and a high of 46 degrees.

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If you’ve never been on Dudley Do-Right’s, there is one thing you should know. You WILL GET WET. Not Splash Mountain or even Kali River Rapids wet… but a different kind DRENCHED. Universal even describes the experience with “Plan to Get Very, Very Wet:”

Part roller coaster, part water flume, this ride combines the fun of the classic cartoons with edge-of-your-seat action. You’ll slosh your way through twists and turns along with lovably laughable Royal Canadian Mountie, Dudley Do-Right. As you approach a nail-biting 75-foot drop, get ready to whoosh down the track for the biggest splash of your life.

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Cold weather may be in the works for Central Florida, but at least Universal maintenance was quick to get this iconic attraction back up and running for its Park Guests to enjoy.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.