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PHOTOS: Popeye & Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges Reopens from Refurbishment at Universal’s Islands of Adventure Following Fire

On February 1st, Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges closed for refurbishment at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. During the refurbishment, a small flash fire broke out at the attraction. However, the barges are now officially open for guests to enjoy.

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Though Universal Studios and Universal’s Islands of Adventure both reached capacity today, the wait time for Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges has been relatively short thanks to the cooler weather.

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Guests to the theme park came prepared for the raging rapids with ponchos at the ready.

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As water ride typically undergo refurbishment during the winter season, the next refurbishment planned at Universal’s Islands of Adventure is Dudley Do-Right’s Ripsaw Falls, which will be closing for about a month beginning Monday, February 22nd.

Are you excited to brave your way through the splashes and silliness of Popeye and Bluto’s Bilge-Rat Barges once again? Let us know your thoughts!