Published: March 8, 2012 at 2:40 PMI had forgotten the ride even went down for the new upgrades. Looking forward to riding it. They were correct that the ride was amazing before, but looking forward to seeing how much better it is now.
Published: March 8, 2012 at 2:44 PMGreat article. The refurbished Amazing Spider-Man is receiving rave reviews on other sites also. I'll be at Universal for 12 days in May & I can't wait to see the upgrade. My opinion was that the previous ride was nearly equal to HP Forbidden Journey (minus the tremendous Forbidden Journey queue). This upgrade may possibly push it back to it's former best attraction status.
Published: March 8, 2012 at 2:56 PMI can't wait to ride it this Saturday! Only bad part is the 3D glasses might not fit over my glasses. Quick question though; how bad were the waits?
Published: March 8, 2012 at 7:22 PMI thought the updated animation was awesome, but the music was glaringly awful. Like "I can't believe someone was paid to compose this music" bad. Whereas the music previously was reminiscent of the 90's Spider-Man cartoon, this one has lots of EuroPop synth "bleepy bloopy" sounding moments and the big musical "gasp" as the Scoop is about to hit the pavement has been removed. I love this ride just as much as I did before, but for me it's kind of 2 steps forward, 2 steps back.
I think this would have been a good opportunity for Universal to change the villain lineup to have each villain have a 4D effect (I'm looking at you Scream). Like maybe Mysterio and have him trick Spider-Man with illusions and fill the room with mist. Something ANYTHING beyond "Oh the humanity, she's swiping her claws at me!"
So in summary: Animation great, music abysmal.
Published: March 8, 2012 at 7:59 PMI'm looking for a video just to see how awful the music is.
Published: March 10, 2012 at 7:13 AMI don't think the music is that bad at all. I have heard speculation that after the sale of Marvel to Disney, Universal would be able to keep the characters they already use in the parks, however they would not be able to add new characters. So a villain shakeup would not be permitted in accordance with their contract. I agree though, Sream is a lame villain.
I rode yesterday and the wait was about 90 minutes, 40 mins for single riders. The new animation is beautiful, but the ending sequence did not seem to have the same intensity as before. The tilt of the ride vehicle seemed far less extream, so Maybe they are breaking the movement in slowly?
Published: March 10, 2012 at 2:10 PMThat's me at the 0:53 mark standing with my buddy who talks twice on that video. We were literally the first two people who got on the first ride after the grand ceremony, had a camera crew following us and after the ride, they popped up with cameras and microphones, pretty cool experience. After we left the gift shop, we were brisked to the stage area to do some interviews, about a 3 minute session, truly is a great upgrade to the great ride.
Published: March 10, 2012 at 5:48 PMI rode Spider-Man this past Friday, and while the visual enhancements were a stunning improvement (and long overdue), I found the ride to have been slowed down a bit, possibly due to being able to track the digital 3D better and allow for more clarity during the ride.
As a result, you're able to take in the images onscreen longer (including a few new details and minor scene extensions), but the physical ride itself seems much less 'wild', and, as a result, a bit less fun than it used to be.
It's kind of like adding trim brakes to The Beast. Sure it's still great, but not as great as you once experienced. And yes, the new soundtrack will take some getting used to.
Published: March 11, 2012 at 5:03 PMPer the conditions of my NDA, I can't discuss this ride or the upgrades in detail but I can say that this upgrade has taken a great ride and made it even better.