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 moves a spinning, tilting ride vehicle through more than a dozen scenes of mayhem. Each scene is a 3-D digital film, each of which is so elaborate that they’re shown in custom-built soundstages and accompanied by special effects including fire, water, fog and lasers. 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 background story is that you’re a cub reporter on a night assignment for J. Jonah Jameson at the Daily Bugle, patrolling the streets of New York, when crime reports start suddenly coming in. You follow the “Spider Signal” – which New York uses to ask Spider-Man for help – and soon find Spidey pursuing a gang of thieves trying to steal the Statue of Liberty. An epic battle takes place in, around and above the city as Spider-Man fights each villain in turn.

We won’t spoil the ending. Even if we did, this would still be one heck of a ride. 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. 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. It's that well done.

Also impressive is the amount of detail put into each of the sound stages – designed to look like Big Apple alleys, through which you move during the ride. We half expected to see people living in the apartments near the tops of these sets.

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.

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 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 below you as your vehicle is flung in the air by a gravity gun, and finally as the stolen Statue of Liberty is being flown back into place. He also appears outside the attraction in a fifth cameo (we won't spoil the location).

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