The newest attraction at the Disneyland Resort is WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure. WEB SLINGERS opened to the public June 4, 2021 when Avengers Campus in Disney California Adventure threw open its gates for the first time. This interactive ride gives guests Spider-Man’s Super Hero web-slinging powers as they battle Spider-Bots threatening to overrun the campus.
If you keep up with Disney news, you probably know that there have been a million and one different ways that access to this ride has been managed over the last year. For several months after WEB SLINGERS opened, access was via a virtual queue only available in the Disneyland app.
But once Disneyland’s brand new FASTPASS replacements Genie+ and Individual Lightning Lane were about to debut, Disneyland ditched the virtual queue. Soon the options to ride the attraction were either a standby line and a Lightning Lane. Finally in March 2022, a single rider line opened as well.
As with all new attractions, WEB SLINGERS remains popular so it requires a strategy and sometimes even a little extra cash to ride without a long wait. Among the three ways to ride WEB SLINGERS in 2022, what are the quickest methods to ride? How about the cheapest? And what if you have a Marvel superfan in your traveling party who wants to ride more than once in a trip – or even more than once in a single day?
Here’s are all the best ways Disneyland visitors can hop aboard WEB SLINGERS and maximize their chances to sling webs with Spidey.
Last updated: May 16, 2022.
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Basics for WEB SLINGERS: A Spider-Man Adventure
Before we get into the details of queuing and methods of access, let’s talk about what the ride is first so you can decide if making the effort is for you. Personally, I have now been on the ride well over a dozen times and still find it a ton of fun. It certainly isn’t as epic as Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance and doesn’t have the staying power of classic like Space Mountain or Pirates, but the ride is a solid D-ticket attraction. I have always been left wanting to ride again to improve my score and learn more tricks.
The ride is a mostly screen-based attraction like Toy Story Midway Mania. Similar to both Toy Story Midway Mania and Buzz Lightyear Astro Blasters, guests fire at objects to score points, making the ride part video game as well. Individual and team vehicle scores are tracked.
Instead of using a blaster or shooter like those other older attractions, however, you use only your hands on WEB SLINGERS. The ride has cameras and sensors that read your body movements and gestures and render them into actions on the screen. Each rider shoots spider strings of a different color so you can tell which hits and misses are yours. It’s pretty accurate and a lot of fun. I always walk away with some tired arms because it’s so easy to get physically into it! (Hot tip: instead of turning your arms palm up like Spidey does to shoot webs, hold them more like you are throwing a baseball overhanded. You can move faster that way and the ride can still read your movements.)
The ride is voiced by Tom Holland. There’s a short pre-show movie where he appears as both Peter Parker and Spider-Man to explain the premise of what you are about to do. Easter Eggs abound in this scene (one of my fave theme park writers Carlye Wisel features several discoveries on her Tik-Tok account).
Like other shooter rides at Disneyland, there is no height restriction for WEB SLINGERS. That means families with kids of all ages can ride together. Even the youngest of toddlers can make hand gestures at the screens to throw webs, so this one may be even more accessible to families with little ones.
The ride vehicles are spacious and move very smoothly from screen to screen. No flinging or major spins like Toy Story Midway Mania! Each one seats two parties of 4 in separate cabins that sit back to back.
Note that the ride is 3D, if that bothers any one in your party. The only problem I have had with it was that my goggles keep fogging up whenever I’ve ridden it with a mask!
Disney also sells WEB Tech upgrades that modify the ride experience if worn on your wrist. They unlock different Super Hero powers to customize the game play. The Power Band, WEB Shooter, and Repulsor Canons are all under $30 – still a pricey upgrade but not as expensive as I’d feared. I’ve never ridden with one of these upgrades so they certainly aren’t necessary but might be fun for a superfan.
Three NEW Ways to Ride WEB SLINGERS at Disneyland
So now that you know what the ride is all about, let’s figure out how you and your family can get on it!
Now that the virtual queue is gone, what are the current methods for actually getting on the ride? As mentioned above, there are three choices: 1) a standby line and 2) the Lightning Lane 3) a Single Rider line.
Like the name suggests, this is a traditional queue that anyone can enter as long as they are willing to wait. For WEB SLINGERS, that wait has gotten more reasonable now that the ride has been open for nearly a year. Even still, the attraction can regularly post times of 40-70 minutes.
The Lightning Lane is a new offering at Disneyland as of December 8, 2021, replacing Disneyland’s previous cut-the-line services, Fastpass and MaxPass. What used to be the Fastpass line for attractions has been rebranded into the Lightning Lane.
There are now two different ways to access the shorter waits available in Lightning Lanes, depending on what attraction you are planning to ride. Most rides at Disneyland are part of a service called Disney Genie+ where guests pay $20 per day to be able to book return times to a number of popular attractions.
There are a few very popular rides (three in total in two parks at Disneyland) that are not a part of Disney Genie+. Instead, guests can only use the Lightning Lane for these attractions by paying a separate a la carte fee. These attractions are sometimes called Individual Attraction Selection or paid Lightning Lane.
Thanks to being new, WEB SLINGERS is one of the three paid Lightning Lane selections. As of May 2022, you can expect to pay anywhere from $8-15 per person to ride. The price to ride it varies from day-to-day with crowds and peak travel dates. Guests won’t know with complete certainly what the price will be until they check the app the same day. Guests are limited to one Lightning Lane purchase per ride per day, with an overall limit of two paid Lightning Lanes total in a single day.
Single Rider Line
Disneyland has recently cut single rider offerings at a number of ride that previously offered it. So it was a bit of a surprise to see it added to WEB SLINGERS in March of 2022. But we’ll take it!
As the name suggests, the single rider line allows solo guests or anyone willing to separate from their party to fill extra seats in ride vehicles that would otherwise go out empty because a party smaller than 4 people boarded the ride. The payoff of single rider lines generally is normally shorter waits.
On some attractions, single riders miss pre-shows or significant parts of interactive queues. On WEB SLINGERS, however, single riders get to watch the Tom Holland-hosted pre-show. They are then directed to a separate backstage queue that will miss a couple of Easter eggs like the lockers photographed above, but not too many.
Best Strategies for Spending Less Time in Line for WEB SLINGERS at Disneyland
So using these three methods above, what are the best strategies for minimizing your wait for WEB SLINGERS?
For guests who don’t want to pay extra to ride the attraction, the very best way to ride WEB SLINGERS is to ride it first thing in the morning as soon as the park opens. In Disney lingo, we call that “rope dropping” the ride. Guests queue behind a rope stretching across an entrance pathway within the park and then dash off to attractions when cast members “drop” the rope.
WEB SLINGERS is one of the most popular attractions for fellow guests to rope drop. The ride’s proximity to the place where guests queue makes it less of a stressful mad dash than rope dropping some other rides. I’d venture an educated guess that more DCA guests choose to rope drop Radiator Springs Racers in Cars Land, making WEB SLINGERS a little less competitive.
To get to the front of the rope drop crowds, arrive to the esplanade at least 45-60 minutes before official park opening time. Cast members normally open the gates about 30 minutes before park opening time, allowing guests to walk into the park to two rope locations. Walk straight up Buena Vista Street and past Carthay Circle Theater. Queue on the left hand side of the crowds behind the rope just beyond Carthay Circle, because the Avengers Campus entrance is to the left just a few dozen steps ahead of where the rope stretches there.
When the rope drops, walk speedily but safely into Avengers Campus toward the ride. Keep an eye open for cast members directing you to the back of the queue so you don’t overshoot it. If you have a stroller, it might be a wise strategy to park it on Buena Vista Street before rope drop and carry or walk with your little ones. The distance isn’t very far and stopping to park a stroller will slow you down.
I rope dropped WEB SLINGERS on a recent trip and found it very reasonable to do. I essentially walked right on to the attraction with no wait despite being about 10 feet deep in the crowd behind the rope.
While rope dropping works very well right now, note that Disneyland has announced that some sort of early theme park entry will be returning to the resort in the not-too-distant future. We don’t know yet know any details about this early entry benefit (other than it will be offered to at least on-property hotel guests) so keep watching this space for how it affects rope drop strategy when we know more!
Pay for Lightning Lane
If you don’t want the hassle of fighting rope drop crowds or aren’t early risers, a pretty easy way to skip the long lines for WEB SLINGERS is simply to pay for the privilege. Individual Lightning Lane for WEB SLINGERS costs between $8-15 depending on whether you are visiting on an anticipated high crowd day. Weekends and holidays are usually the more expensive days.
Do you need to worry about paid Lightning Lane running out? Not really at all. This isn’t Rise of the Resistance (which can sell out mid-morning on occasion). And this really isn’t like at Walt Disney World where Individual Lightning Lane rides can sell out in a matter of a minute or two for the entire day. (Related: Tips for using Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane at Walt Disney World)
I took the screenshots below on a Saturday afternoon and evening in May – note that WEB SLINGERS had an immediate Lightning Lane available for purchase at both times. This is pretty much the case all of the time except for very high crowd days like school holidays. And even still, the slots won’t run out until very late in the day.
Even though it’s easy to get paid Lightning Lane for WEB SLINGERS, there are some smart strategies you should follow to spend your money (and time!) wisely. Specifically consider the following:
- For guests who want to ride WEB SLINGERS more than once in a single day, combine one or more of the other methods in this guide (rope drop, single rider, etc.) with one paid Lightning Lane purchase for maximum time savings.
- Whatever you do, don’t pay for Lightning Lane first thing in the morning – you simply don’t need it. Plus, it will compromise your overall park touring strategy! The first two hours of most mornings in DCA have very short lines. Use that time to ride attractions using standby during these hours. Save buying paid Lightning Lane for a bit later when all the standby lines for rides get longer.
- Unlike at Walt Disney World, you can’t select your preferred return time later in the day for a paid Lightning Lane ride. The system always gives you the next time available.
- Right now, guests are not permitted to park hop until 1:00pm. But even if you start your morning in Disneyland park, you can go ahead and buy a Lightning Lane for WEB SLINGERS. The Disneyland app will automatically adjust your return time to 1:00pm or later (and will show that time to you before you purchase), knowing you will be park hopping to it.
- Be aware that once you purchase a Lightning Lane time, there is no way to modify your booking. So I’d wait to purchase when you are sure you’d like to head to the ride next. You can scan into your Lightning Lane 5 minutes early and up to 15 minutes late with built-in grace periods in Disneyland’s IT systems.
- Remember you are limited to two paid Lightning Lane purchases in a single Disneyland day. If you want to ride all three attractions that offer paid Lightning Lane in one day, my advice is to pay for the other two. Radiator Springs Racers and Rise of the Resistance are more popular and harder to ride standby or rope drop, so it’s easier to use an alternate shortcut strategy for WEB SLINGERS.
Whether the Lightning Lane is ultimately worth it for your crew depends a lot on your budget, how short or long your trip is, your ride preferences, and more. Personally, WEB SLINGERS is the only individual Lightning Lane attraction at Disneyland I haven’t purchased yet, as I’ve been able to use every other strategy in this post to ride the attraction fairly often in my most recent trips. When I visit with my son, however, I will definitely purchase it because he’s a big fan of the attraction and the family competition involved.
Go Solo with Single Rider Line
Solo travelers and those who are willing to separate from their travel companions can also get aboard WEB SLINGERS more quickly using the new single rider line.
How much time will Single Rider actually save you? It is almost always a time savings but just how much depends on the time of day, crowd mix, and a little luck.
I tested Single Rider out about a week after it opened earlier this spring and I waited a full 30 minutes when the posted standby wait was 85 (note: Disneyland inflates wait times and I’d estimate the actual wait was likely more like 60-70). More recently, I’ve heard from friends who have waited even less in Single Rider – often more like 15 to 20 minutes. So your mileage may vary.
You’ll likely get more bang for your single rider buck using the line earlier in the day. Later in the afternoon and evening more locals often come to the parks and they know the trick better than the once-a year tourist crowd!
The big downside of Single Rider, however, is that you are competing again people you don’t know in your ride vehicle. A big part of the fun of WEB SLINGERS is the competition aspect as well as working together in your vehicle to get a high score. So some of that is lost with single rider. But if you are simply looking to ride the attraction a lot, single rider can be a way to get some repeatability that other cut-the-line methods in this post don’t offer.
Other Lesser-Known Ways to Ride WEB SLINGERS with Shorter Waits
Finally, if you don’t use one of the more obvious shortcuts for WEB SLINGERS, there are a couple of additional reliable ways to find a shorter wait. Here are a few of my more obscure tips and tricks.
Ride during World of Color: Nighttime spectaculars just returned to Disneyland in spring of 2022. That means a lot of guests in DCA will be watching World of Color in the coming months and not riding on rides during show times. If you aren’t seeing the show, this is a great time to take advantage of rides with shorter standby lines – including WEB SLINGERS!
Ride right before official park close: As long as you get in line for a ride a minute before official park closing, Disney keeps the ride open for all guests in line to complete the ride. So when many other guests are heading for the exits with tired feet, hop in line for one last WEB SLINGERS battle – assuming your traveling party is full of night owls, of course.
Ride during Oogie Boogie Bash & Evening Special Events: Several times during the year, Disney California Adventure will host specially ticketed after hours events. The most well-known of these is the Halloween party, Oogie Boogie Bash, but there are several others. These events are more capacity controlled than regular park days and usually feature a number of other special shows and offerings, pulling guests away from rides. As a result, you’ll often find shorter standby lines during party or event hours.
Watch the app for short standby lines: Although Disneyland’s app isn’t super-reliable in terms of estimating wait times, it is helpful as a general guide. If you see WEB SLINGERS with a posted wait time of under 30 minutes in the app, it’s probably a good time to take your chances with the standby line if you are nearby. Chances are the real wait time is even less.
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