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Punga Racers at Universal’s Volcano Bay

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Punga Racers at Volcano Bay
Punga Racers at Volcano Bay

What is Punga Racers?

One of the less intense of Rainforest Village’s attractions, Punga Racers is a body slide that has riders compete against one another across four lanes. After emerging from the underwater sea caverns, the winner receives a “watery salute” from Punga himself.

Where is Punga Racers located?

In Rainforest Village, which is in Volcano Bay.

Punga Racers – height restrictions and other factors

Height requirement is 42 inches; riders must weigh under 300 pounds; has Express Pass access.

Punga Racers– what you wish you knew before you experienced it

Some of the lanes, like the orange, feature sections that are open instead of enclosed.

How scary is Punga Racers?

Punga Racers at Volcano Bay
Punga Racers at Volcano Bay

We rate Punga Racers three out of five sea gods in terms of fear factor.

What was Punga Racers’s opening date?

May 25, 2017

Punga Racers – OI fun facts

In Maori mythology, a punga is related to sharks, stingrays, and lizards, and it’s typically depicted as strange and, sometimes, ugly. In Waturi mythology, Punga is the “playful” son of Tangaroa, the god of the sea, and Mahuika, the goddess of fire, and is the favorite of the native children.

Punga Racers has, arguably, seen more changes more than any other ride at Volcano Bay. It originally opened as a mat slide (the mats were actually in the shape of manta rays) with a sudden drop at the end; it was altered in July 2020 to become a body slide with a run-off into its splash pool.

Furthermore, Racers was originally classified as part of the Krakatau area of Volcano Bay before Universal reorganized the map, dissipating that land altogether.

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