One of the best theme park rides ever created, cost $75 million 3D simulator ride began with the
Islands of Adventure in 1999 and is based in a large show department on the side of the site.
The same ride system (a hybrid of motion base, 3-D projection, physical sets, lighting, pyrotechnic
and wind effects) is currently used for the Transformers ride which recently opened at Universal
Studios Singapore and under construction at Universal Studios Hollywood.
Currently, one of the most popular and innovative theme park attractions ever created, The
Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man at Universal's Islands of Adventure continues to increases
the bar for theme park entertainment – combining with advanced motion-based ride vehicles, 3-D
digital film and live special effects to create an unparalleled ride experience. It is widely regarded
as one of the best theme park experiences in the world – and it's about to get amazingly better.
How It Works: Despite appearances, the big, 400 ft. finale fall on The Amazing Adventures of
Spider-Man only moves guests a few inches. The sophisticated process begins with the levitation,
wherein air, dropping physical set pieces paired with precise and subtle "weightless" motion-
simulation combine with screens to produce a surprisingly effective feeling of rising. Likewise, the
"fall" takes place on a wrap-around two-story screen that envelopes the SCOOP, leaving riders
completely captive to the illusion as perfectly programs motion, wind, and leaning, swinging,
slamming vehicle base give the sincere impression of a weightless fall. All it takes are a few
physical effects and let your imagination do the rest.