Located in the Marvel Super Hero Island at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a 3D motion simulator type attraction that brings great thrills without the intensity of huge roller coaster. This attraction originally opened in 1999 and is one of the original rides at Islands of Adventure.
Rider go on a four-minute adventure with Spider-Man, soaring above the streets and high-rise buildings, battling the villains of the Sinister Syndicate who have captured State of Liberty with an anti-gravity gun. Lead by Dr. Octopus, the four other members of the Sinister Syndicate include Scream, Electro, Hobgoblin and Hydro-Man. Riders will also see a cameo appearance of Marvel creator Stan Lee.
The attraction underwent an extensive refurbishment in 2012 with new high definition video, replacing the original digital film projectors. These upgrades really gave the ride a modern feel, further enhancing the entire experience.
Riders enter the Daily Bugle building and into a series of different offices including an old school style photography “dark” room. There are plenty of references to the Spider-Man comics / movies that fans will find enjoyable as they make their way through the queue. There is even an tribute to Stan Lee as photos, mementos and flowers being found on a desk.
The ride itself is a 3D motion simulator dark ride which located in a full enclosed (and air-conditioned) building the attraction continues to operate during inclement weather.
Riders board a three row, 12-person ride that starts out with Daily Bugle Editor-in-Chief Jonah Jameson telling the guests about “crime reports” and to keep an eye out for Spider-Man. Spider-Man briefly appears, followed by a quick cameo of Stan Lee,
As you can see from the video, there are a number of quick twists and turns on the attraction along with a simulated drop so if you are a rider that gets motion sickness easily, you way want to take a pass on this ride. Otherwise, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is suitable for most visitors.
Wait Times and Height Requirements
Since The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is one of the more popular rides at Universal’s Islands of Adventure, wait times typically range from 30 to 45 minutes on an average summer day. A Universal Express pass lane is also available if you want to bypass the regular queue.
This attraction is limited to guests 40 inches and over and anyone under 48 inches will need to have a supervising companion. There also a child swap for those traveling with young children.
Marvel Super Hero Island
As we indicated above, The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man attraction is located in Marvel Super Hero Island. This “island” is one of the most highly themed at the Universal Orlando Resort and features some of the best rides and attractions at Universal’s Islands of Adventure. Other attractions and experiences in this island include:
- The Incredible Hulk (roller coaster)
- Storm Force Accelatron ® (spinning ride)
- Doctor Doom Fearfall (drop tower)
- Meet Spider-Man and the Marvel Super Heros
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Where Should We Stay When Visiting the Universal Orlando Resort?
The Universal Resort has a number of great on-site hotels and each and every one of them have their own benefits, characteristics and price points.
There are multiple “categories” of hotels but the highest quality on-site hotels are the Premier Hotels. Premier hotels are Universal’s premium hotels that have the highest quality amenities & accommodations, the closest locations to the theme parks and largest amount of on-site hotel benefits.
What sets Premier hotels apart is that they provide a free Universal Express pass to every guest staying in the room. Universal Express allows guests to skip the regular lines and ride the most popular rides as many times as they would like. Once you get used to Universal Express, you will never want to visit a theme park without one.
In addition Universal’s Premier hotels and resorts, there are a number of other on-site and off-site hotels options.