It's Tough to be a Bug
LOCATED AT THE BOTTOM OF THE TREE OF LIFE
movie features characters from A Bug's Life along with intense special
effects and enough creepy-crawlies to frighten even the toughest of kids...
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3-D movie is similar to Jim Henson's MuppetVision 4-D ride in MGM Studios.
It coordinates action in the theater with what is happening on the screen.
The theater looks like the middle of an anthill, with holes and tunnels
everywhere. Keep an eye on some of these holes for an appearance by
the protagonist, Flick, played by TV's Dave Foley.
Disney uses almost everything in their bag of tricks in this attraction,
so look for the special effects in this performance to become legendary.
(Even your senses of touch and smell are stimulated!)
The attendants of this ride repeatedly warn you about the severity of
the ride, and they mean it. Older elementary school age kids can probably
handle the intensity, but it's unlikely young children will be able
to sit through the show. There are segments of complete darkness and
some genuinely scary moments.
If you have the constitution and aren't leery of spiders, roaches, and
other insects, don't miss this attraction. Lines can get long, but the
wait goes quickly due to the Tree's carvings and the funny posters
mounted in the waiting area.
The symbol of Disney's Animal Kingdom is the elaborate and impressive
Tree of Life which is also home to a show entitled It's Tough
to be a Bug. This 3-D movie features characters from A Bug's Life along
with intense special effects and enough creepy-crawlies to frighten
even the toughest of kids.
Located inside the Tree of Life, It's Tough to Be a Bug is a sit-down
3D movie that you don't want to miss. The lines wind around the Tree
of Life, giving you a wonderful chance to check out all the intricate
carvings in the tree. Once you reach the staging area, you are given
a pair of 3D glasses that look like bug eyes, complete with antennae
over the eyes. My favorite part of the staging area is all the movie
posters. Each poster features a different type of bug in a different
musical parody. And the whole time, the music in the background is showtunes,
as done by bugs. Trust me, you have to experience it to believe it.
The show itself is narrated by Flick, everyone's favorite bug. He teaches
how hard it is to be a bug. I don't want to give anything away, but
needless to say, this is much like two of WDW's other 3D movies, MuppetVision
3D and Honey, I Shrunk The Audience. Not all the action stays on the
screen or in the form of 3D images.
Parts of this movie can be scary to younger children, but the great
part about 3D movies is that if the glasses are taken off, the movie
can still be watched, though it is slightly blurry. I've noticed that
it's less scary to see "scary" things on the screen all blurry
than to close your eyes and let your imagination be the screen.
No matter what your opinion of bugs, you'll come out of this ride smiling.
Don't forget to deposit your glasses on the way out!
In the dark caverns of the roots of the Tree of Life is a 430 seat theatre
designed to of special effects.
You will receive a special pair of "bug" glasses with which
to wear while you view the show.
Without going into detail, a variety of bugs, spiders and other insects
will entertain you...scare you...and get your attention!
There are scenes that may frighten children.
Take your time wandering through the Tree of Life roots -- there are
many carvings to discover. Also take time to look up at the Tree of
Life itself, again, you will discover many new carvings.
Don't miss the creative movie posters in the waiting area: "A Stinkbug
Named Desire," "Web Side Story," "Beauty and the
Bee" and "My Fair Lady Bug."
This 3-D movie has warning signs outside. HOWEVER, please use caution
when bringing your children (and perhaps yourself) to see this movie.
There are hairy bugs, spiders, and it is loud and dark with some intense
scenes. That being said, folks LOVE it. Please use some caution when
deciding who in your group should watch this. If you have any hesitation,
wait till someone you know has seen it.
A number of folks also report the 3D special effects very hard to see
clearly -- so don't be surprised if you have a hard time.
By the way, I enjoyed/understood this attraction much better once I
saw the movie A Bug's Life.
Sammantha finished a six-month tour working at Disney's Animal Kingdom
and offers some "insider tips":
-- You might not need to bother with a FastPass. The way the line is
designed your wait will never be more than 30 minutes.
-- Cast Members will park your strollers for you, so be prepared to
take all your belongings with you. (Remember, they just park them, they
don't watch them.)
-- Each pair of 3-D glasses is the same, so there's no need to switch
them. Cast Members immediately remove those that you've put back and
take them to be cleaned.