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The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman vs Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey

Universal Orlando: Which ride is better?

From Javi Badillo
Posted October 17, 2010 at 5:00 PM
So after finally riding hpfj i can say that it is the best ride in the world. Now there is one questions that comes in mind, has the Amazing Adventures of Spiderman lost its title as Islands of Adventure crown jewel. I have always loved Spiderman but Harry Potter was amazing. So which one is better. I know that they are two completely different rides but which one do u feel it more fun to ride. Which should be considered as the most technologically advanced ride in the world. Who takes the title as Islands of Adventures signature ride. Which one is the best ride in the which. Also gives reasons why u think it is and also fill free to bring up some negatives of the rides since no ride no matter how awesome it is is perfect


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From Nick Markham
Posted October 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM
Amazing Adventures of Spiderman is, well, amazing. Don't get me wrong, it is a great ride that is full of thrills and fun. But, I do have to say Harry Potter surpases this one big time being the greatest attraction I have ever experienced. The attention to detail is supreme, and the thrill of the ride is awesome.

From Stephen Landsman
Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:00 AM
While both Spidey and Harry are both world class amazingly crafted mega dark rides, I have to award "The Amazing Adventures of Spiderman" the title of Best Dark Ride of the Planet!! It wins in my book for two reasons. First is the linear storyline which is slightly easier to follow than the collection of experiences that makes up "Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey" and secondly the 3D technology used immerses the rider more fully and helps to blur the lines of what is an animated effect and what is a practical effect. For me the defining moment is when Hobgoblin hurls an animated flaming pumpkin at you and real flames burst out from it's point of impact. After your brain has processed that act of theme park wizardry, the climb above the city and subsequent flight/drop are icing on the cake! When I disembark FJ, I feel like I've just had a fabulous dark ride experience. After Spiderman, I feel like I've actually guest starred in a cartoon, which makes it the more successful attraction.

From Jay Finch
Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:11 AM
I made my first universal orlando trip last summer, and I have to say it's a total toss up between the two rides. I love animatronics, so HPFJ wins there, but I also agree that spider-man has a better story and combines the video with the ride better. Both are the best two rides I have ever been on though!

From Nick Markham
Posted October 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM
^amazing Adventures of Spiderman is so cartoon-like it is not even funny. It is a good ride, but Harry Potter is so much more realistic, sorry. Plus the quality of the film used is much nicer projection in Harry Potter, and the overall attraction including queue is great (unlike Spiderman, which has a TERRIBLE queue).

I still like Spiderman, but I feel it is second to Harry Potter.

From Reginald The Rider
Posted October 20, 2010 at 7:40 PM
Both are amazing, but I don't consider one tops over the other.I get off both attractions with different emotions as each ride offers different thrills. HP is "in your face intense", while Spiderman is more immersive. Sitting in the flying bench my view is more restricted as well as my body movement, but the much more open cars in Spidey allow for a more dynamic and immersive experience that I enjoy much more than HP. On the other hand I love HP&FJ's use of more live action effects and animatronics. If Spiderman switched to digital projection to make the screen segments clearer then I might lean more toward Spidey, however if HP ever decides to get some fire effects then they might take the cake... either way I win as this is my home park!!

From Carrie Hood
Posted October 22, 2010 at 7:37 PM
I'd have to go with Harry Potter simply for the factor of it having the Robotic arm rather then a car. It's really a great mix of the technology they used for Spider Man, with some amazing coaster-like thrills. Now, don't get me wrong I think Spiderman is a great ride. Although I was a little disappointed this year when riding it, it's gotten much rougher over the years and just between 12 months it's gotten even worse and doesn't seem as fluid as it once was. Perhaps it's time to do some work on the cars? I was really upset with USO, it seems like they are really letting a lot of the rides on IOA go in the recent years.
I can't say if this is because of the economy or the expense of Harry Potter.. but if they don't do some serious work soon to rides like Dragon Challenge or Hulk they won't last much longer. Even the best B&M coasters need TLC, it seems like in the last four years or so USO has slacked off badly on this. It just makes me sad to see them is such poor shape when they used to be a point of pride for USO. Even Northern parks with tiny budgets compared to USO can build and keep up with basic work at the same time.

I hope they get their butts in gear soon, before it's to late!

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