Description And Comments

Widely regarded as one of the best theme park attractions in Orlando, and one of our favorite rides anywhere in the world, the Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man was enhanced in 2012 with a complete 4K high-definition digital upgrade, maintaining its position at the top of IOA's “Must Do” list. The attraction moves a spinning, tilting ride vehicle through thirteen scenes (covering 1 ½ acres) of mayhem, which fuse 3-D digital projections almost seamlessly with actual sets and props, accompanied by special effects including fog, water, and fire. In many instances guests cannot tell until the action begins whether they’re looking at a movie screen or an actual brick wall.

The total package is astonishing—frenetic yet fluid, and visually rich. The ride is wild yet very smooth. Although the attractions are not directly comparable, Spider-Man is technologically ahead of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at Disney’s Hollywood Studios— which is to say it will leave you in awe.

The storyline is that you’re visiting the Daily Bugle newspaper (where Peter Parker, a.k.a. Spider-Man, works as a mild-mannered photographer), when crime reports start coming in. The Sinister Sindicate – consisting of Spidey's archenimies Doctor Octopus, Hobgoblin, Electro, Hydro, and Scream – have used and anti-gravity gun to steal – we promise we’re not making this up – the Statue of Liberty. You’re drafted on the spot by cantankerous editor J. Jonah Jameson to go get the story. You board a 12-passenger SCOOP vehicle – a mobile open-top motion simulator identical to the cars used in USF's Transformers – and follow the “Spider Signal” straight into an epic battle between the web-slinger and his foes.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man combines your ride vehicle’s motion so smoothly with the film sequences that you quickly believe you’re part of the action. Without giving away too much of the surprise, one part of the attraction has you raised high above the city skyline. After speeding around, you experience a 400-foot “sensory drop” from a skyscraper roof all the way to the pavement. The blending of 3-D film and pitching of the ride car is so convincing that during our first ride we were sure we were being lifted inside the building; we had to ride a second time, with our glasses off, to see how the effect was done while keeping the car on the ground.

Even though Spidey's cybertronic sibling in USF has proven popular, the original 3-D dark ride has held it's ground as the first and still favorite in its genre. It's less frantic and frenetic, than Transformers, and features more dialogue and humor. And despite using similar systems, some folks who get motion sick on Transformers find they can tolerate this ride better.

Touring Tips

If you were on hand at park opening, ride after experiencing Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey, Dragon Challenge, and The Incredible Hulk Coaster. If you elect to bypass all the congestion at Forbidden Journey, ride after Dragon Challenge and the Hulk. If you arrived more than 15 minutes after park opening, skip Wizarding World attractions and ride Spider-Man after the Hulk.

Seats in first row are the most “immersive” but we find the 3-D effects focus better from a row or two back. The rear corners get the most movement, while the center of the second row is the most stable.

The standby and Express queues both wind through portions of the Daily Bugle newsroom, but only standby stops at a green-screen photo op that puts you on the cover of the paper. The single rider option, when available, can greatly cut your wait as long as the line doesn't reach the stroller parking area.

The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Wait Times

This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man when you visit on a day with a given Universal's Islands of Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man Wait Times.

Special Comments

Must be 40" tall to ride. Children between 40"-48" must be accompanied by a Supervising Companion.

There is a special Daily Bugle photo op in the stand-by queue as well as a pressed penny machine.

Special Needs

Disney Dish with Jim Hill

WHERE'S WALDO - UH, STAN?

Marvel Comics founder Stan Lee angles for a cameo appearance in any film featuring the characters he helped create, so the Universal Creative team decided to get in on the fun by folding him into the recently retooled Spider-Man ride. Lee appears in four scenes in the attraction: as the truck driver that swerves to miss your Scoop vehicle early in the ride, in the crowd as Spidey and Doc Ock duke it out in New York City's Theater District, in the street after your vehicle falls to the ground, and finally with the cops as the stolen Statue of Liberty is being flown back into place. He also is the voice that bids you farewell before disembarking.

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