USJ opens renewed high-resolution Spiderman attraction

July 05, 2013

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OSAKA—Spiderman is swinging back into action at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka's Konohana Ward, as the park's newly refurbished superhero ride resumed operations on July 5, an official of USJ said.

At a cost of about 1.5 billion yen ($15 million), USJ has incorporated 4K resolution technology to the “New Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The Ride 4K3D,” offering picture quality four times that of the regular high-definition standard.

Guests board a vehicle and ride through a town as Spiderman protects them from villainous monsters. Thanks to 3-D spatial screens in front of them, guests can feel as if the characters are right in front of their eyes. An attraction developer said that 4K resolution was utilized to express greater details, such as Spiderman’s muscles and the garment seams of his costume.

About 100 female guests who have an annual USJ passport were specially invited to a preview on July 4. Yuko Asada, 18, a university student from Kyoto, said, “I was a bit scared, but the attraction was really exciting.”

Although USJ increased the admission price in fiscal 2012, visitor numbers also rose, with net income apparently hitting a record high of 8.7 billion yen, sources said.

USJ said it plans to open a new area in the park at a cost of about 45 billion yen in fiscal 2014.

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The renewed attraction “New Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The Ride 4K3D,” which opened to the public on July 5 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka's Konohana Ward, is shown. (Provided by Universal Studios Japan public relations)

The renewed attraction “New Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The Ride 4K3D,” which opened to the public on July 5 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka's Konohana Ward, is shown. (Provided by Universal Studios Japan public relations)

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  • The renewed attraction “New Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The Ride 4K3D,” which opened to the public on July 5 at Universal Studios Japan in Osaka's Konohana Ward, is shown. (Provided by Universal Studios Japan public relations)
  • Regular female park visitors are invited to a special preview of the renewed “New Amazing Adventures of Spiderman: The Ride 4K3D,” prior to its opening at Universal Studio Japan in Osaka’s Konohana Ward on July 4. (Hisashi Naito)
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