Behind The Scenes – ‘The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man’ – Ultimate Special Effects

Behind the scenes look at The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man featuring attraction concept, planning, testing, as well as video from the ride.

“The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man is a motion-based 3D dark ride located at the Islands of Adventure, Orlando and Universal Studios Japan, Osaka theme parks. Built for Islands of Adventure’s opening in 1999, the attraction is a hybrid ride combining special roving motion vehicles with 3D projection, elaborate physical sets, and both practical and tactile effects.

The ride takes park guests-turned-last-minute-reporters into the world of Marvel Comics’ Spider-Man, and after boarding a Daily Bugle vehicle known as the “Scoop”, the rider learns that the evil Sinister Syndicate has captured the Statue of Liberty with an anti-gravity gun. This evil group is made up of many famous Spider-Man villains, including Doctor Octopus, Scream, Electro, Hydro-Man, and the Hobgoblin.

The attraction took three years to produce, with many new technologies and techniques being developed. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man has been well received, winning several awards including the Golden Ticket Award for Best Dark Ride for twelve consecutive years.

Attraction type: Motion-based 3D dark ride
Manufacturer: Oceaneering International
Designer: Universal Creative
Theme: Spider-Man
Site area: 65,340 sq ft (6,070 m2)
Vehicle type: SCOOP Vehicles
Rows: 3
Riders per row: 4
Duration: 5 minutes
Height restriction: 40 in (102 cm)” ~

Spoken in the video:
Mark Woodbury – Senior Vice President, Universal Creative
Diana Walczak – Animation Co-Director, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Jeff Kleiser – Animation Co-Director, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Kent Mikalsen – Art Director, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Derald Hunt – Lead Animator, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Jeff Lew – Character Animator, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Frank Vitz – Head of Software, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Patrick Mooney – Producer, Kleiser Walczak Construction
Marc Watson – Director, Universal Creative – Marvel Super Hero Islands

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Check out The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at the Universal Orlando Resort –

3D Technology
Film Maker
Heart of the action
Next generation of action entertainment
Synchronized special effects
Motion Base Vehicle
Steven Spielberg Consultant
Thomas L. Williams – Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Universal Parks & Resorts
Ride Design
Creative Development
Special Effects Film
Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art – MASS MoCA
Inside a three-dimensional comic book
Computer Animator
Fantasy Character
Motion Capture
Superhuman Character
Left Leg Twist
Key Right Leg Twist
Frame by frame
On-Screen Action
Animated Props
Fog Effects
LN2 – Liquid nitrogen
Falling Wall Set Piece
Turbo Fans
Ride Film
Action Experience


YouTube End Screen Music Credit:
Song: E.V.A
Artist: Ampyx
Music provided by Top Shelf Sounds:
Official Sound Cloud:

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