Disneyland Spills More About Its New Spider-Man Ride

January 19, 2021, 11:59 AM · Breaking news: Spider-Man's cover is blown! We have just learned that the web-slinger is none other than... the Sorcerer's Apprentice.

Well, that what I am taking away from Disneyland's announcement today of more details about the upcoming Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure ride in the new Avengers Campus land at Disney California Adventure. Web Slingers will be a 3D interactive dark ride in the old It's Tough to Be a Bug building in the Marvel-themed land, which is expected to debut sometime after the park is given approval to reopen by the state of California.

In a press release today, Disney filled in more detail about the ride, which is set in the headquarters of the Worldwide Engineering Brigade (I'll leave it to you to figure out the acronym) program that Peter Parker has founded to train the next generation of STEM students. We knew that something would go terribly wrong - as it must in theme park attractions - and riders would need to use their new-found web-casting abilities to capture runaway Spider-Bots. But what, exactly, would go terribly wrong?

From Disney's reveal: "When Peter’s demonstration goes awry, the Spider-Bots are stuck in a replication loop, creating even more Spider-Bots!... As the mission continues, Spider-Bots will become harder and harder to beat as they continue to multiply."

Hmm... that sounds familiar.

On Web Slingers, guests effectively will get to play the role of the wizard Yensid (spell it backwards) and put everything right. And the ride will take place on the Avengers Campus, taking riders digitally through the land around the Web Slingers attraction as they try to capture the runaway Spider-Bots.

Star Tom Holland is reprising his role for the attraction and previewed it in a new video released by Disney today, which also gives us some fresh looks at the ride's gameplay gestures.

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Replies (5)

January 19, 2021 at 12:24 PM

Did they really "spill" that much about the attraction? The important details about the ride will be if the ride platform will be identical to Ninjago at Legoland, how many (if any) practical effects will be used in addition to the inevitable abundance of screens, and if the relatively small footprint of the attraction will allow for enough throughput to meet demand. These minor story details released here are minuscule compared to the important technical specifications that have yet to be announced.

It is pretty cool that they're using Tom Holland to maintain continuity within the MCU even if Avengers CAMPUS doesn't exist on the silver screen. However, they will need to figure out why Avengers CAMPUS is located in California instead of closer to Queens (insert Universal joke/reference here to explain the non-MCU doppelganger in Orlando).

January 19, 2021 at 12:37 PM

Let’s not forget that there will be ACs in Hong Kong and Paris, too. There’s a great big beautiful metaverse opportunity here.

As for the ride, everything I’ve heard has suggested that this is a Marvel- themed Ninjago, almost entirely screen-based. Disney is fond of saying “it’s all about the story,” and that certainly will be the case here. Because the ride itself where looks like nothing we haven’t seen before in southern California.

January 20, 2021 at 11:05 AM

Ugh. I was one of the people who won tickets to the SWL "sneak preview," and my family and I drove to LA ecstatic, only to find out the new ride was . . . a fancy knock-off of Star Tours, except with controls?

And so now here comes Superhero land, and the new ride is . . . a fancy knockoff of Buzzlightyear Space Ranger Spin? Another Wii-style shoot em up, like Midway Mania? Ugh.

I know Disney never spends one penny more than they have to, but man, the dearth of imagination. I can play Wii at home.

January 24, 2021 at 1:54 AM

@thecolonel since when has Disneyland been in LA? It’s 25 miles south of LA.

January 25, 2021 at 2:26 AM

so excited, cant wait for it.
best Shayari

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