Until Tiana’s Bayou Adventure opens up sometime in 2024, there aren’t really too many water rides at Walt Disney World – especially those that you get really, really wet on. But that’s not to say there aren’t any that can provide that midday cooldown. So, if you’re looking for Disney World water rides you get wet on to help deal with all that Florida humidity, you’ve come to the right place because that’s exactly what we’re going to discuss below.
What is a Water Ride?
Water rides are one of the most popular styles of rides you’ll find at amusement parks. From Walt Disney World to your local water park, water rides are rides set over water. They come in many different forms, including but not limited to water slides, chutes, rafts, and log flumes. As a Disney fan, you’re likely most familiar with the most popular log flume of all time – Splash Mountain!
While Splash Mountain is currently undergoing a refurbishment to become Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, you’ll still have your fair share of water rides or water-adjacent rides to enjoy while visiting Walt Disney World. Because both Blizzard Beach and Typhoon Lagoon are water parks, all of their rides are water rides. So for the purpose of this article, we’re just going to be focusing on water rides at the four main Disney World theme parks.
Here’s a list of all the Disney rides you get wet on at Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Hollywood Studios, and Animal Kingdom:
Disney Rides You Get Wet On
There are three Disney rides you get wet on across the four Disney theme parks. These include:
- Pirates of the Caribbean at Magic Kingdom
- Frozen Ever After at Epcot
- Kali River Rapids at Animal Kingdom
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Let’s take a deep dive (pun intended) into what these rides are and where you can expect to get splashed with water.
Pirates of the Caribbean
You’ll find Pirates of the Caribbean in Adventureland in Magic Kingdom. Pirates of the Caribbean is a log flume ride that takes you on a voyage through the high seas and seaport towns that have been ravaged by 17th-century pirates!
After you board your boat, you’ll go on a little cruise for a few minutes that eventually passes by the infamous shipwreck still being captained by one of those pirates that “tell no tales.” Shortly after passing this, your flume will plunge approximately 14 feet in total darkness, landing you in the next ride scene with the infamous Captain Barbossa.
The drop is fast. Like the former Splash Mountain, it’s kind of over before you even realize what’s happening. That being said, you can still get wet on this Disney ride, depending on where you’re sitting. For guests toward the back of the boat, you may only experience a little bit of splashing.
Guests in the front row will take the brunt of the splash, but you’re unlikely to get soaked on this ride. If anything, the most you’ll be dealing with is a few strands of wet hair and definitely some soaked bottoms because of the residual water left in the boat from previous guests.
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Frozen Ever After
Frozen Ever After is a lot like Pirates of the Caribbean in the sense that you will experience some minor splashing. Rarely, are you going to get soaked on Frozen Ever After.
This ride is located over at Epcot inside the Norway pavilion. It replaced the beloved Maelstrom, but still has the same ride track, which at some point, takes you backward! Frozen Ever After gets guests up close with the characters of Frozen – Anna, Elsa, Kristoff, and Sven and has some pretty spectacular imagery, especially when you enter Elsa’s ice castle and hear her belt out “Let it Go.” It’s at the end of this scene that her powers will send your log flume backward. This is where the first drop is, which isn’t too bad at all. This “drop” feels more like a dip.
Once you take this small dip, your boat will turn around and slide down past Marshmallow (the giant snow monster from Frozen) and take the second drop. This is akin to the drop on Pirates of the Caribbean. As such, guests sitting in the front row are more likely to experience heavy splashing than guests sitting toward the back.
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Kali River Rapids
Out of the rides mentioned so far, Kali River Rapids is likely the one you’ll experience the most splashing on, if not a total soak! In fact, the likelihood of getting soaked is so high that guests are encouraged to put their belongings in a free, two-hour storage locker before entering the ride queue.
Kali River Rapids, which is located in the Asia section of Animal Kingdom, is a whitewater raft experience that takes you through a lush jungle and past cascading waterfalls. You and 11 other guests will board your circular raft before jetting off on your rapid water adventure.
When guests first board their raft, they’ll go up a steep incline. Most first-time riders expect a steep drop at the end, but instead, your raft will just slightly dip and go into the water. Overall, this can be a pretty disappointing experience for first-timers. However, when you’re at this part of the ride, your raft will float near waterfalls and geysers, so depending on where you’re seated, you could get drenched.
You will get splashed throughout the duration of the ride simply due to the roughness of the water. After passing the logging scene, guests will experience their first and only drop. This drop is approximately 20 feet and once you hit the end of the slope, you’re likely to get pretty wet. After this scene, and toward the end of the ride, you’ll pass by some streams of water that could directly hit you. Once you pass by these, the ride is pretty much over. In total, Kali River Rapids is only about three to four minutes long.
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Can Expectant Mothers Ride the Water Rides at Disney?
If you’re pregnant, the good news is that you can still ride both Pirates of the Caribbean and Frozen Ever After! Though these have drops, they are gentle and considered safe enough for expectant mothers to ride, as well as young children.
Per Disney, expectant mothers should not ride Kali River Rapids. It is generally considered to be too bumpy and unsafe for pregnant women.
If you’re traveling to Walt Disney World while pregnant or will be in a later trimester by the time your travel dates arrive, it’s recommended that you check out our blog, Pregnant at Disney World: Tips for Having a Magical Time When You’re Expecting for a list of everything you can safely ride and ways to make the most of your trip.
Remember, every pregnancy is different. So just because a ride is considered safe, it’s always recommended that you visit your doctor and discuss your upcoming Disney World trip to ensure both your and your baby’s safety.
Disney Rides You May [Surprisingly] Get Splashed On
Though these attractions aren’t technically considered to be water rides, it’s worth noting that you may actually get splashed while enjoying them.
Here’s a list of all the Disney rides you may surprisingly get splashed on:
- Magic Carpets of Aladdin at Magic Kingdom
- Avatar Flight of Passage at Animal Kingdom
- Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot
- Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Magic Kingdom
- Muppet Vision 3D at Hollywood Studios
- Mickey’s PhilharMagic at Magic Kingdom
Magic Carpets of Aladdin
When you walk into the heart of Adventureland, you’ll come across the Magic Carpets of Aladdin. And, you know that big camel out front of the ride? Well, it may “spit” on you while you’re taking a carpet ride to a whole new world.
The camel will occasionally spit out a light stream of water, so you may get a little wet. But, don’t worry, you’ll dry off before you get off the ride. Remember, you can maneuver your ride vehicle to go up and down. So if you want to avoid getting wet, just bring your carpet all the way to the top. The water usually only hits ride vehicles that are midway up, as this is where most guests end up being comfortable flying.
Avatar Flight of Passage
Even if you’re not a big fan of the Avatar films, most guests agree that Avatar Flight of Passage is one of the most impressive and immersive rides ever built at the parks.
Avatar Flight of Passage allows you to “ride” on the back of a banshee through the world of Pandora. There is one scene in which you will fly past a large wave, and when you do you will experience some minor splashing. This is just for immersive storytelling purposes, so don’t worry – you won’t get really wet.
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Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure
Like Avatar Flight of Passage, Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure in the France pavilion at Epcot does a pretty good job of immersing you in the story.
As such, there are a few moments when you will experience things such as misting and elevated temperatures. In regards to where you’ll get wet, there is a scene when a champagne bottle is opened. When the cork pops off, some “champagne” hits you. Again, this is a very gentle spray so while you will experience some misting, it’s not enough to get you wet.
Big Thunder Mountain Railroad
As you hop on the wildest ride in the wilderness, you will experience some light misting as you pass by some of the geysers. Because Big Thunder Mountain Railroad is primarily outdoors, this misting will dry off in seconds.
Muppet Vision 3D
Alright, so Muppet Vision 3D isn’t technically a Disney ride, but you will experience some light misting from the seat in front of you during the show.
Muppet Vision 3D is an immersive show, so when Fozzie Bear comes on screen and squeezes his flower with water in it, the audience will get sprayed. Again, this is a very light mist but it can be surprising if you’re not expecting it.
Mickey’s PhilharMagic has the same kind of setup as Muppet Vision 3D. It is an immersive 3D show that takes you through famous movie scenes – with one being that scene with the brooms and buckets in The Sorceror’s Apprentice. It’s during this scene that you can expect some light misting from the seat in front of you.
Again, the mist is very gentle, but it can be surprising if you don’t know it’s going to happen.
Disney Rides You Don’t Get Wet On
If you want to be near the water but not get wet, you’re in luck because there are six Disney rides you don’t get wet on. These include:
- Na’vi River Journey at Animal Kingdom
- Living with the Land at Epcot
- “it’s a small world” at Magic Kingdom
- Liberty Square Riverboat at Magic Kingdom
- Gran Fiesta Tour Starring the Three Caballeros at Epcot
- Jungle Cruise at Magic Kingdom
I had a little bit of hesitation adding Jungle Cruise to this list because there are a few scenes where, on paper, you should get wet, such as when you’re passing by the elephants who will occasionally spray water, as well as when your boat travels behind the 8th Wonder of the World, aka the backside of water!
While these sections do get guests close to being wet, I’ve personally never experienced it. Because of this, I’ve included it in this section of Disney rides you don’t get wet on.
All of these are basically boat rides that take you through different scenes and settings. Though you’re traveling through water, the water is there for the experience rather than an essential part of the ride’s storytelling, outside of the Liberty Square Riverboat, Living with the Land, and Na’vi River Journey. They’re all slow, relaxing rides that are perfect for getting off your feet and unwinding during your busy day.
Out of the water rides mentioned here, which one is your favorite? Do you like to wear ponchos on water rides? Or do you like to get fully into it? Let us know in the comments and drop your questions below on the Disney World rides you get wet on.
As a self-proclaimed Mouseketeer, Courtney Dercqu is a fan of all things Disney. Between decorating her desk with souvenirs from the park, to making unique mouse ears and having a dedicated Disney Instagram, Courtney is a true believer in the magic of a Walt Disney World vacation. Having had more than 200 articles published on various content, Courtney’s excited to share her knowledge and experience with everyone! Be sure to follow her on Instagram for all the Disney magic.
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