Yesterday, the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman ride at Islands of Adventure, one of the two theme parks at Universal Orlando Resort, reopened to the public after an intensive rehab. Upgrades include:
- Highlight detailed HD animation
- At least one new element in every scene
- New 3-D glasses
- New music
- Upgraded sound in the ride vehicles
- Cameo appearances by Stan Lee
I attended the opening ceremony, which you can see in the video at left, and was one of the first to experience this new version of an old favorite. I remember riding Spiderman back in 1999, when it was state of the art, and being blown away. While the ride is still fundamentally the same, the experience is decidedly more extreme.
The ride vehicles themselves are the same, even though they have a better sound system now. I was a little worried when I climbed inside and saw how wet my seat was. Obviously, at the very least, the water effects were working in full force.
I instantly noticed the HD animation. Just as Universal had promised in its promos, I was able to see the stitches in Spidey’s suit and a wealth of other tiny details that made his world less cartoonish and more realistic than the old version. The 3-D was definitely up to current standards.
While I had a great time watching all the details, my favorite part was the rooftop scene. I’ve always loved it; where else do you move mere inches and think you’re soaring up into the sky? Now, that whole scene is much more intense, to the point where people who easily get motion sick might need to shut their eyes.
Fortuntely my stomach is steely enough to have ridden Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey nearly 20 times in a row, so Spidey posed no problem. Besides, I had no time to be queasy. I was too busy watching out for Stan Lee. I won’t spoil the surprise, other than to say that sharp-eyed rides will see him more than once, and his CGI image is remarkably agile for an 89 year old guy.
I was in the end seat, and while I saw why my seat was wet, my husband took the brunt of the water effect. Universal loves their fire, as you can see in rides like Revenge of the Mummy, and real flames are still in full force in Spidey.
By the end of the ride, I had only two thoughts. First, “Wow! They did an awesome job!” and second, “I want to go again!” I plan to go back to the park soon and reride it several times because that’s the only way to catch all the little details.
My ebooks about the Central Florida parks include:
- 10 Money-Saving Tips for Your Disney World Vacation: Kindle or Nook
- 10 Disney Cruise Line Tips for Adults: Kindle or Nook
- Mickey Mouse is My Neighbor (life in Celebration, FL): Kindle or Nook
- Complete eBook Guide to SeaWorld Orlando: Kindle or Nook
- 15 Tips for Saving Money on Disney Cruise Line: Kindle or Nook
- 25 Tips for Visiting Disney World With Babies, Toddlers & Young Kids: Kindle or Nook
- eBook Guide to Legoland Florida: Kindle and Nook
- Legoland Florida for Adults: Kindle and Nook