Perhaps there is no better attraction to welcome you to Disney’s Animal Kingdom then It’s Tough To Be A Bug. This 3-D film with “4-D” effects is found inside the trunk of the Tree of Life, the iconic symbol used for the fourth theme park of Walt Disney World.
It’s Tough To Be A Bug opened on the opening day of the Animal Kingdom on April 22, 1998. It is hosted in a 430-seat auditorium by Flik, an ant taken from the Disney / Pixar film A Bug’s Life with the show running approximately nine minutes.
Guests are treated to an informational show of sorts by introducing them to some of the smaller creatures of our world – bugs. This includes stink bugs, a tarantula and even dung beetles. Of course, the show does not go as planned and guests are seen avoiding “attacks” from these bugs such as “acid” and even a very unpleasant smell. Still the show goes on until the surprising appearance of the evil character of Hopper, also taken from the A Bug’s Life movie.
Hopper shows how humans have mistreated bugs in the past including exterminations and attempts to “exterminate” the guests in the audience. Obviously, all turns out well for those in the theater and the show closes with a short musical number.
Now it should be noted that this attraction can be a bit disturbing for the younger ones and those who might have a strong aversion to bugs. Some of the show occurs in the dark and guests are made to feel as if bugs are definitely among them. Still, for most this is a welcome few minutes off of their feet in an air-conditioned environment.
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