Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure in Marvel’s Avengers Campus is the newest attraction at Disney California Adventure. This ride guide offers info & tips for minimizing your wait, and everything you need to know to beat the crowds at one of Disneyland Resort’s longest lines. (Updated March 24, 2022.)
We update this Spider-Man ride guide regularly based on the latest changes at DCA. Late last year, Disneyland Resort announced that it would only open the virtual queue for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure “as needed” and would use a standby queue when crowds were lower.
While Disneyland left the door open for bringing back the virtual queue back at a later date when crowds increased, that didn’t happen during the busy holiday season or peak of spring break. As such, we assume the Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure virtual queue is now gone for good. With that in mind, we’re here to break it all down and explain your best and worst options for doing the new Spider-Man ride at DCA…
Instead of the virtual queue, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure now uses a traditional standby line and is one of Disney California Adventure’s two Individual Lightning Lane (ILL) attractions, with the other being Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land.
On average, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure has the second-longest wait time at Disney California Adventure, just behind Radiator Springs Racers. On a normal day during Spring 2022, you could expect to wait 74 minutes for the Spider-Man ride, versus 82 minutes for the Cars Land headliner. (Even though it’s now a decade old, Radiator Springs Racers is so much better than Web Slingers.)
When it comes to the easiest way to beat the crowd at Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, that’s simply paying for front of line access via the Individual Lightning Lane. Daily prices for Web Slingers are all over the place–we’ve seen as low as $7 per person and as high as $18.
There are currently no extra hours at Disney California Adventure for on-site guests or anyone else, so everyone else has an equal shot at Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure once the park opens.
As with pretty much any attraction, the interactive Marvel attraction has its shortest lines of the day right at rope drop. You’ll need to do it first in order to benefit from those low waits–within ~30 minutes of park opening, its wait times spike.
From there until late afternoon, wait times are fairly constant–if not slightly increasing. There’s no lunch lull or other sweet spot to target Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. You either want to do it first thing or wait until much later in the day.
Speaking of which, Web Slingers wait times tend to fall in the last 2 hours of the day, with the biggest drop off in the last hour. That dynamic will probably change further once World of Color returns, and draws even more DCA guests away from Avengers Campus.
One thing of which you should be aware is downtime with Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, this ride goes down a decent amount. Breakdowns earlier in the day can create a backlog of Individual Lightning Lane guests, and Disney prioritizes those–this means standby wait times will be higher and the line will move slow later when the ride has a “bad” day.
This can also present an opportunity if you get lucky, and are able to jump in line right when Web Slingers returns from downtime. It’s worth watching the Disneyland app and being in the area when Web Slinger returns from being ‘temporarily closed.’ Even if the posted wait time when it returns from downtime is high, it’s often a near walk-on. (We’ve waited ~5 minutes when the posted wait time following a breakdown was 60 minutes.)
To that point, we’ve noticed serious wait time inflation for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Because of its reliability woes and balancing the Individual Lightning Lane with the standby line, posted wait times are often inaccurate…and by a wide margin.
There’s no guarantee that this will be the case for you, and it’s hard to assess the actual v. posted wait time simply by eyeballing the overflow queue (since downtime and the backlog of Individual Lightning Lane purchases also impacts the standby wait time and line length). However, if the return line isn’t long for the Lightning Lane and the standby queue also isn’t spilling out the entrance, it’s unlikely Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure has longer than a 60 minute wait.
Finally, Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure has a Single Rider line–also just like Radiator Springs Racers. Meaning you can bypass both lines without purchasing an Individual Lightning Lane…you just won’t be seated with the rest of your party.
It’s still early and Web Slingers just started offering Single Rider, but our expectation is that it’ll be pretty efficient, but not quite as efficient as Radiator Springs Racers. That attraction seats 3 guests per row, which is an odd number that lends itself to open seats. Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure seats 4 guests per row, which is a more common party size or combination (2 couples).
That wraps up our revised strategy guide for riding Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure as of Spring 2022. We’ll keep you updated with what you need to know for doing the Avengers Campus addition as things change.
As far as current info goes, that’s it. What follows is ‘legacy’ info about the now-defunct virtual queue, preserved for posterity–and just in case Disneyland brings it back…
Disneyland has changed its approach to using the virtual queue for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure: “We plan to open the virtual queue for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure as needed each day. When the virtual queue is open, guests can request to join after entering Disney California Adventure.”
“The standby line access for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure may be available at park open and again after boarding groups have been called for the day. Check attraction listings to learn if current attraction access is via virtual queue or standby line.” At least for now, that renders a lot of the specifics in this guide to the virtual queue for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure irrelevant.
To experience Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, guests are required to join the virtual queue, only accessible via the Disneyland mobile app. Distribution times for virtual queue enrollment are daily at 7:00 am and 12:00 pm (noon) Pacific. In order to give as many guests as possible the opportunity to sling webs alongside Spider-Man, each guest can enter the virtual queue no more than once per day.
Starting the Day at Disney California Adventure
Guests with a valid ticket and theme park reservation who start their day at Disney California Adventure can access the virtual queue system via the Disneyland app and check for an available boarding group starting at 7:00 am on the day of their park reservation. Since the park isn’t open then, this can obviously be done from home, a hotel room, or literally anywhere else.
Guests who were unable to join a boarding at that time may check for an available boarding group again at 12:00 pm. Disneyland.com currently includes the verbiage that this can be done from anywhere, but that might be an error–if this works the same way as Rise of the Resistance, you’ll need to have entered DCA or Disneyland first. We’ll update this accordingly once we’ve confirmed one way or the other.
Starting the Day at Disney California Adventure or Disneyland (with a Park Hopper Ticket)
To access the virtual queue beginning at 12:00 pm, guests must have a valid ticket and park reservation, and have entered Disney California Adventure or Disneyland with a Park Hopper ticket by that time. Guests beginning their day at Disneyland may then enter Disney California Adventure with their Park Hopper ticket after 1:00 pm for their boarding group.
Regardless of when you join the virtual queue, you’ll receive a push notification via the Disneyland app when your boarding group is called to return. You’ll have up to an hour from the time of the alert to go to the entrance of Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure.
The only way to experience Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is with valid admission into Disney California Adventure Park and via the virtual queue. No standby lines are available. Access to a boarding group is subject to availability and not guaranteed. Distribution times are subject to change or cancellation.
Joining the virtual queue does not guarantee the ability to experience Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure. Guests may only enter a virtual queue once per day for each attraction, and may not hold a boarding group for Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure at the same time.
However, there are a few things we know are important to successfully scoring boarding passes in any virtual queue. This advice will almost certainly translate to Web Slingers and any other virtual queue that Disneyland adds in the future…
First, it’s important to optimize to ensure your timing is accurate and your phone and internet connection are as fast as possible. This might sound like overkill, but milliseconds matter. We’d recommend doing a quick speed test a few minutes before it’s time to join the virtual queue.
Anything at or above 50 Mbps should be sufficient, but the higher the better. If necessary, move around to get away from other people or increase your speed to that threshold. Additionally, test on both WiFi and cellular to see which is faster and use that.
Second, make sure your phone is fully updated and force close all apps, including the Disneyland app shortly before it’s time to join the virtual queue. This will speed up your phone so there’s no lag on your end.
Finally, double-check the time on your phone or watch against time.gov, which is what Disneyland uses for opening the virtual queue. Attempt to join the virtual queue for Web Slingers the second the clock on time.gov hits 7 am or noon. These three simple steps can often be the difference between success and failure!
In terms of commentary, the big question among readers is likely going to be whether this virtual queue system is the future of attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World. We doubt it.
Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance debuted with a virtual queue during normal operations because it was (and still is) highly unreliable, inefficient, and prone to hour-plus breakdowns. It’s possible that Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure has a virtual queue because, like Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance, it’s unreliable and breaks down a lot.
What’s more likely is that Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure is opening during a time of physical distancing. This means a few things: attractions are leaving seats unfilled, lines are longer because there’s more spacing in them, and queues are “stacked” outdoors, causing more congestion in their respective lands.
Additionally, the footprint of Avengers Campus isn’t very large and there’s minimal queue space for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure, meaning that there’s not much space for a physical queue in the new Marvel land. The ride’s popularity will need to die down a bit before it can use a standby line.
If you’re worried about virtual queues and being up at 7 am to score difficult boarding groups being “the future” of attractions, look no further than Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway. This is the newest attraction at Walt Disney World, and it does not use them. That’s because it’s a high capacity, reliable attraction.
In the long term, this virtual queue for Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure probably will not be necessary. Heck, this may not even be a problem in the near-term. Once Disneyland totally eliminates physical distancing, it’s entirely possible Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure won’t need a virtual queue and will retire it shortly thereafter.
That’s the optimistic perspective, and probably the (more or less) accurate one. The pessimistic perspective is that Disneyland won’t be quick enough to evolve its system on the fly, and the virtual queue will remain in place all summer and prevent guests from riding multiple times per day even when such restrictions are unnecessary. As a side note, it now becomes even more difficult to justify buying the WEB Tech toy-to-life accessories!
Are you looking forward to Web Slingers: A Spider-Man Adventure? What are your thoughts on the virtual queue? Worried that this is going to be common for future attractions, or agree that it’s likely a temporary thing resulting from physical distancing? Are you planning a visit to Disneyland Resort for the opening of Avengers Campus, or will you wait until later? Do you agree or disagree with our assessment? Any questions? Hearing your feedback–even when you disagree with us–is both interesting to us and helpful to other readers, so please share your thoughts below in the comments!