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It's Tough to be a Bug!


It's Tough to be a Bug! is a nine minute 3-D (or 4-D, as Disney likes to call it) movie starring the characters from Pixar's A Bug's Life. Of the four Disney 3-D movies at WDW, this is the most intense. In addition to the usual flying items from the screen (in this case, acorns) and water sprays, there are animatronics in the theater itself, and a number of physical effects that add greatly to the experience, but often frighten young children.


It's Tough to be a Bug! is one of the original Animal Kingdom attractions, having opened on April 22, 1998. Interestingly enough, the attraction opened a full seven months before its inspiration, Pixar's A Bug's Life, opened in theaters.

Perhaps because the two films were developed essentially in parallel, Disney was able to get Dave Foley (Flik) and Kevin Spacey (Hopper) to voice the same roles they have in the theatrical film.


It's Tough to be a Bug! is an enjoyable show, and the physical effects surpass anything at WDW since Alien Encounter closed down (don't even mention Stitch). The jokes are as corny as you would expect, the 3-D gags are clever, and the storyline includes a crisis and resolution without getting too preachy. However, the intensity of the bug attack makes this attraction a tough call for parents of younger children. The Hopper audio-animatronic is large and quite complex, and is nearly in the lap of some audience members. The hornet and spider attacks occur in the dark with loud noises. All in all, parents should consider their children's fear of the dark, fear of bugs (especially bees and spiders), and fear of loud noises when deciding if they should ride.

But for those who won't be driven out, this is really a good show, Disney 3-D magic at it's best.


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Touring Tips

  • If you are unsure about how your child will react, choose a seat near the back and across the theater. This will have you close to the exit doors.
  • Just outside the exit are the "crying benches" where your young ones can settle down. We recommend heading to Camp Minnie-Mickey or another character greeting spot for a low-key wind-down if you had to leave the movie early.

Hidden Treasures

  • If you make it to the end, don't get up from your seat until you are told to. The last gag is worth waiting for.


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