WEB Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is Disney California Adventure’s latest attraction and is a part of the newly opened Avengers Campus. The attraction takes guests on an adventure with Spider-Man (the Tom Holland version) inside of a WEB Workshop. Before jumping into the attraction specifics, I’ll give a few general thoughts and tips on WEB Slingers for those that want to read about the ride without giving away any surprises. After that, I’ll break down the queue, pre-show, and ride.
The first thing to know about WEB Slingers is that it requires joining a virtual queue to ride. There is literally no other way to go on the attraction. To access the virtual queue, you will need to have the Disneyland app downloaded and all of the tickets in your group linked inside of that app. At 7 AM and 12 PM, you’ll be able to join the virtual queue by following the prompts. For the 7 AM boarding groups you will need to have a California Adventure reservation but can do this no matter where you are. The 12 PM is accessible to Disneyland reservations assuming your ticket has a park hopper and that you’ve already entered the park . I’d recommend getting on the app a couple of minutes before each time to make sure you’re all squared away. Guests will only be able to ride the attraction once per day. If you have further questions, please let us know in the comments.
WEB Slingers is in rarified air thanks to Universal owning the theme park rights to Spider-Man on the east coast while Disney does on the west coast. To my knowledge, it’s the only IP with an attraction in both Universal and Disney. Naturally, there will be comparisons and, unfortunately for Disney, Universal’s Spider-Man attraction hits a no-doubt about it home run. It’s no surprise that WEB Slingers can’t live up to the lofty expectations that Universal’s Spider-Man sets.
But whether the attraction holds its own is a different question. It’s important to note that in the ever evolving Avengers Campus, this will and should be the third listed attraction behind the already existent Guardians of the Galaxy – Mission: BREAKOUT! (what’s with these attractions using all caps?!) and the coming Avengers E-ticket. When comparing WEB Slingers to other lands that have three attractions, it compares favorably. Of course, that’s not saying much as theme park lands have changed dramatically and go for bigger attractions instead of the classic ticket system that we saw decades ago.
That comparison also doesn’t make the here and now feel better. When people see that there’s a new attraction, they want to be dazzled regardless of what it is. It’s hard to keep expectations in tow even if the new ride is planned to be the third in the land and is mostly shoehorned into an already built building. If you keep those things in mind, then WEB Slingers is a decent attraction that will ultimately bolster the park. But if just looking at the attraction from a straight ahead perspective, WEB Slingers isn’t much more than an average ride.
Before getting too in-depth, WEB Slingers is an interactive 3D ride where guests fling around webs to defeat some spider bots. While the ride system won’t wow and is similar to Toy Story Mania, the tracking system is very impressive. There are add-ons that guests can buy at WEB Suppliers that improve the capability to fling webs. I’m not a fan of add-ons but I don’t think that’s worth getting upset over. This isn’t nearly as impressive as a trackless ride system like Rise of the Resistance but I do think tracking is incredible, considering four guests ride together at the same time and there are arms flailing every which way. Ultimately, the system isn’t what holds the ride back rather just a somewhat bland plot along with feeling like a rehash of past rides like Toy Story Mania. WEB Slingers isn’t a bad ride by any means, it’s just not anywhere near the peaks that Disney has reached in the last decade.
RIDE SPOILERS AHEAD!
Now for a more thorough breakdown of the ride. We’ll start in the queue because, well, that’s where you start! For having a virtual queue, the wait for WEB Slingers is surprisingly long. We’ve done the attraction twice so far and waited around half an hour each time. This, of course, isn’t bad but compared to Rise of the Resistance’s queue it lasts quite a while. It could also feel a little long because the queue is pretty bad. It’s all outdoors, although mostly shaded, and there isn’t a lot of eye candy outside of some props from what the building used to be, an old motor factory owned by Howard Stark.
There’s also plenty of reminders of what’s taken over the building – World Engineering Brigade or WEB for short. Posters are around the queue showcasing some of WEB’s top young minds including Peter Parker. There’s also a nod to that kid, Harley Keener, from Iron Man 3. All of these bright, young minds take part in WEB and guests are at the building to visit an open house and view some inventions. That set-up is pretty good but it doesn’t look very pretty outside. This is to be expected with limited space but that doesn’t make standing in the line any more pleasant.
Something that could have been upped is the cast costumes for the attraction. I get that Avengers Campus is trying to be modern and hip, like a college campus, but jeans and an unbuttoned short sleeve shirt with a T-shirt underneath is neither of those things. I understand that critique is nitpicky but instead of cool, these costumes come off as cheap and lazy. It truly is one of the worst parts of the attraction.
Once inside the WEB headquarters, the preshow is pretty good. Guests are greeted by the A.I. Sharon who leads everyone to a room and introduces the concept of the engineering brigade that’s funded by Tony Stark. Peter Parker stumbles onto stage and it becomes clear that this isn’t only a Spider-Man attraction but also one focusing on the lovably awkward Tom Holland character. Of course, things start to go wrong (this is a theme park attraction, after all!) and these spider bots that Peter has created start to replicate themselves rapidly and cause havoc.
Spider-Man is needed to take care of the bots and calls on guests to help him out. From there, it’s a short wait to get on the ride and help save Avengers Campus. Part of the issue with the ride is that once you’re actually helping Spidey, all of the scenes are fairly nondescript. There’s nothing too noticeable and it feels like a lot of chaos where everyone is just flinging webs all over the place. Again, the tracking is impressive as you can even hit buttons or pull things toward you with webs.
There are some cool Easter eggs throughout the ride. I’ve seen Thor’s hammer and references to Doctor Strange in different scenes. This fits in with the plot of saving Avengers Campus. Still, it all feels a bit convoluted while trying to figure out what’s the best thing to shoot at.
Eventually, the ride hits a climactic note with a giant green spider and then it’s over! Like any of the interactive simulators, some of your enjoyment may come from how high you score. WEB Slingers is a little bit tiring and I’m sure my editor would like it to be noted that all spiders, even robotic ones, are terrifying. Otherwise, this ride is good for the whole family and I do think that’s a plus as so many kids want to be like superheroes. For that, WEB Slingers should be applauded as a family friendly, somewhat thrill, superhero ride. It’s inclusive and that’s something that is oft-overlooked for the 5-8 year old range in the Disney Parks.
Unfortunately, I don’t think the ride is a massive hit. Eventually, it will settle into a just fine attraction that is very similar to Toy Story Mania in style. There’s nothing wrong with that but I was hopeful for a little bit more! The ride is definitely worth the hassle of getting a boarding group and trying it for yourself though.
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