PHOTOS: Water Blasters Return to Toon Lagoon at Universal’s Islands of Adventure
Remember waiting around while the kids enjoyed blasting passengers on water rides at Toon Lagoon? Or perhaps you got a kick out of dousing park guests yourself as they floated by. Unfortunately, the water blasters stationed at Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls have been shut off since the reopening of Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Lucky for you, the water blasters have now returned. It’s time for some drenching!
Though the water blasters are now open for public use at Toon Lagoon, we noticed that Universal closed some machines. Social distancing still remains a priority in the park, but we didn’t mind. We prepared ourselves for some water cannon fun!
Water Blasters — Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges
To start things off, you’ll need tokens to activate your water blaster. You can purchase them from nearby vending machines. We started with the water cannons near Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges. Here’s how we went about it.
Step 1 — Buy Tokens
As noted on the machine, you can purchase two tokens for a dollar and twelve for five dollars. We splurged on twelve. There were plenty of park guests to blast, and we wanted to make sure the fun lasted.
Step 2 — Choose Your Blaster
Next, we chose water blaster number six.
After inserting a token, you use the large red button to fire the water blaster for a few seconds. That’s why timing is everything. Squirting too early or too late will allow your target slip away.
The blasters are numbered so that you can identify which one belongs to your machine. Make sure you’re aiming with the appropriate one, otherwise, you’ll waste your shot.
Step 3 — Wait for a Target
Here comes an unsuspecting party.
We actually didn’t man the water blasters. We allowed these ladies to shoot for us.
Water Blaster — Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls
The water blasters at Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls operated the same as those mentioned above. Naturally, only a few of the machines were open, due to social distancing. With traffic being light, we didn’t have anyone to fire the water cannons for us.
The water blasters here also match the same numbers as the machines.
Water rides are meant to be, well… wet. That’s why you shouldn’t feel guilty about adding to the fun. Not only that, but when you score a hit, it’s a little thrilling.
What do you think about the return of the water blasters at Toon Lagoon? Are you excited about squirting guests riding Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges and Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls? Comment below.