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Since it was unveiled as part of the Avengers Campus on June 4, 2021, Disneyland’s Spider-Man robot has successfully performed its stunts countless times. On June 9, 2022, however, robot Peter Parker momentarily lost its Spidey-Sense.
The Spider-Man robot failed in mid-air and crashed into the W.E.B. facility that is part of the stunt setup. And it was all caught on video. You can watch the incident below.
“Here goes something,” narrated the attraction’s soundtrack as Spidey took flight. According to Disney, the robot makes its own, real-time decisions when to tuck, somersault and slow down while soaring 85 feet in the air. But halfway through, the robot’s limbs locked up, rendering it a mere projectile. It crashes right into W.E.B. building.
You can hear the robot say, “airbags, please!” during the stunt. After it crashes, another track says, “the W.E.B. facility is not equipped with airbags.” So some are speculating the system knew either the landing wasn’t going to be as good as usual or that it was going to crash. At the very least, Disneyland expects these types of incidents as it prepared an appropriate soundtrack.
“As with any flight, there can be some bumps along the way,” a Disneyland spokesperson told Deadline.
No humans were hurt during the crash, so hopefully the robot isn’t feeling too remorseful. And its Spidey-Sense apparently returned hours later, according to Disneyland News Today, which captured the attraction back up and running normally.
Following a rather crashy encounter with the W.E.B. Facility wall, Spider-Man is back to swinging above Avengers Campus again! 🕸 pic.twitter.com/leuNzWuLaQ
— Disneyland News Today (@dlnt) June 9, 2022
In all seriousness, this Spider-Man robot is an engineering marvel (pun intended). In the video below, Disney Imagineers Tony Dohi and Morgan Pope detail how they designed the stuntronic robot.