Disney's Animatronic Spider-Man Is so Convincing People Believe It Is a Real Person

An animatronic Spider-Man at Disneyland is so convincing that TikTok users were stunned to learn it was not a real person performing audacious stunts.

In a clip uploaded to social media platform TikTok, the animatronic Spider-Man can be seen leaping high above the Avengers Campus.

As the video continued, it showed how the animatron carried out the jump before it landed on a net, mounted on a nearby building.

The clip, shared by user doseofdisney, had replied to another TikTok account holder who couldn't believe the stunt was not being performed by a real person.

Since being uploaded on January 1, the video has amassed 15.9 million views and was liked on more than 2.4 million occasions.

Users raced to the comment section, many in disbelief that the death-defying stunt was being performed by an animatronic.

One user said: "I thought it was a real person."

Another said: "No, no. Don't say that. It was real…It was real to me."

A third commenter added: "I will never process how insane this is."

But one TikTok user questioned why people were amazed and posted: "No way anyone thought a real human being was doing this, right? Right?"

Doseofdisney uploaded another video, which explained a human actor was used for the first part of the performance at the Avengers Campus, before racing out of sight where the animatron then took over for the grand finale.

The Spider-Man animatron was built by Disney Imagineers, creative developers who design Disney's attractions and theme parks.

According to a Disney Park Blog post: "Disney Imagineers designed an advanced robotics figure that makes its own, real-time decisions when to tuck, somersault and slow down while soaring 85 feet in the air.

"The result is Spider-Man in Avengers Campus, flying above with gravity-defying feats never before seen in a Disney park."

In the blog, a Disney spokesperson added designers behind the Spider-Man would receive a Thea (Themed Entertainment Award) for Outstanding Technical Innovation this year.

Disney unveiled the Spider-Man animatron on June 4, 2021, as part of the Avengers Campus, an attraction based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe superheroes.

Meanwhile, Spider-Man continues to be a smash hit at the box office, with No Way Home having become the eighth-highest grossing movie in history, according to Variety.

The blockbuster has taken $1.5 billion globally, its success coming despite the rapid spread of the Omicron variant across the globe, and gives hope to cinemas going into 2022.

Photo of man dressed as Spider-Man
Spider-Man attends a screening of "Spider-Man: No Way Home" on December 16, 2021 in London, England. People were stunned to learn about the reality of the Spider-Man at Disneyland. Dave J Hogan/Getty