It’s Tough to Be a Bug Disney World attraction is inspired by a multi-sensory 3D movie that stars the character Flik from A Bug’s Life, a Disney Pixar film. The movie uses audio-animatronics, 3D screen, and effects to display the significance of bugs.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug Animal Kingdom is situated inside the Disney Animal Kingdom’s Tree of Life. So, let us find out how you can be a part of this experience.
|Movie Type||Dark, loud, and scary|
|Accessibility||Can remain in wheelchairs|
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History of It’s Tough to Be a Bug Disney World
During the creation of Disney Animal Kingdom, the curators wished to have a creation inside the Tree of Life. The Tree is the park’s icon, and they decided to feature the Disney Picture, A Bug’s Life. This movie was then still due to be featured in the theatres back then.
Animal Kingdom It’s Tough to Be a Bug opened for the first time on April 22, 1998. However, the movie did not release until November 25 that year.
An interesting fact is that the director of Finding Nemo, Andrew Stanton, instead of Kevin Spacey, voiced the character of Hopper.
Disney California Adventure got its own It’s Tough to Be a Bug attraction. This is a part of A Bug’s Land. However, this closed in 2018 to welcome the Marvel theme expansion of the park.
The queue for It’s Tough to Be a Bug
The line for this attraction starts from a bustling pathway close to the Discovery Islands and ends at the base of Tree of Life.
The tree and roots are very large to the guests as they walk down the winding path. Guests feel like they are the size of a bug as they cross the Tree.
After guests enter the base of the Tree of Life, they enter a holding room. This holding room appears like a tunnel dug by bugs.
The dung ball and the mushrooms growing on the walls serve as a source of light. Here guests are given 3D glasses to enjoy this ‘bug atmosphere.’
The guests are enamored by the beautiful animal carvings on the inside of the Tree of Life. Photographers love to capture these carvings.
There are several posters in multiple places that display different scenes from the show. However, the popular stories have an insect twist, such as My Fair Ladybug and Web Side Story.
Theatre experience for It’s tough to be a bug
The theatre for It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a Disney Park Theater, and like most Disney Park theaters. It offers enough space and good seating for guests to accommodate themselves.
Every seat here offers a good view of the screen and stage. The design of the stage makes it appear like an underground cavern created by bugs.
The 3D theatre has unique effects that make guests feel like bugs crawl from behind and underneath their seats.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug experience
The character Flik welcomes the guests as esteemed bugs and explains the difficulties one has to face to be a bug. Different bug acts start taking place. Further, a tarantula throws quills, and a termite sprays fake acid at the audience. A Hopper takes the stage to teach the guests a lesson.
When some bugs spray the audience, the theatre goes dark. The feeling of bugs poking them then pesters the guests. Additionally, black widow spiders descend from the ceiling.
A chameleon scares off the Hopper. The show ends with a musical performance by the bugs.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug Disney World is humorous for some and scary for others. Moreover, the 3D, special effects, and the darkness make it upsetting for some children who feel scared.