Welcome to Disney’s Tree of Life Theater, where we are now presenting, It’s Tough to Be a Bug!
Those are the words that Disney Cast Members say as you enter the Tree of Life Theater. I know, because I had the pleasure of working the Bug Show and said those words many, many times per day. For that reason, this attraction will always hold a special place in my heart.
It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a 3D 4D movie that uses special effects to make the 3D images even more real. You actually encounter this movie physically. You will feel it, hear it, see it, and even smell it. The effects are very good and make for some fun surprises.
The Bug Show is hosted by everyone’s favorite ant, Flick. Flick makes you an honorary bug and proceeds to show the audience how bugs defend themselves in the wild. The Bug Show is an extremely intense adventure. You will experience a demonstration of the special defense mechanisms that bugs have, from the deadly quills of a tarantula to the stinkyness of a stink bug, and many things in between. All is fun and games until Hopper shows up. He does not like humans, and sicks an army of spiders and wasps on the audience. It is usually at this point that I would begin ushering out parents who brought in children under 3. Some kids make it through fine. For others, it is just too intense (Disney’s word for scary). Ushers are standing by with a flashlight to assist your exit, if needed.
Tips for It’s Tough to Be a Bug:
- Intensity for Young Children:
Some of the special effects are built in to the seat. If your child sits in your lap, it will decrease the intensity of the movie. Also, removing the 3d glasses takes (most of) the action back to the screen, and lessens the intensity as well.
- For Children with Strollers:
They have changed up the line for the Bug Show a little bit to make it shorter, but it is still a good trek down to the theater. Take your stroller in the line… Cast members will park it for you as you get closer to the theater.
- When to Ride:
See this movie either early in the day (before 11am) or late in the day (after 3). This ride is usually at no wait during those times. I suggest getting a fastpass for another ride, and then seeing the Bug Show while you wait.
Operational Note: There is an animatronic Hopper that jumps out about halfway through the movie. It is one of Disney’s most complex and expensive animatronics of all the parks. It is also one of the most buggy (sorry for the pun, couldn’t resist) and prone to breakdowns. In our May 2010 visit, the animatronic Hopper did not make an appearance. He was being overhauled. I talked to a cast member, and was told that Hopper would be coming back after a refurbishment. I hope Hopper comes back.