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It's Tough to be a Bug!®

Tree of Life Repertory Theatre with theater seating, Flik on the ceiling and Hopper on stage

Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park

Discovery Island®

Guests Can Be

Any Height

Age Interest

Kids, All Ages

Thrill Level

Dark, Loud, Scary

Accessibility and Other Information - Opens a dialog


  • May Remain in Wheelchair/ECV
  • Assistive Listening
  • Audio Description
  • Reflective Captioning
  • Language Translation Devices


  • This attraction may be frightening for children.
  • Supervise children at all times. Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at the attraction for boarding information.


Indoor, Stage Shows

Guest Policies

  • This attraction may be frightening for children.
  • Supervise children at all times.
    Children under age 7 years must be accompanied by a person age 14 years or older.

Discover what it’s like to be a bug during this 3D film and live show inspired by the Disney•Pixar film, A Bug’s Life.

An upside-down Flik gazes down from a tree-roots ceiling at It's Tough to be a Bug! show

Become an Honorary Bug

See the world from a bug’s point of view with a little help from Flik inside the great Tree of Life.

Meander along a winding pathway—past tangled roots, unfurled branches and detailed animal carvings—to the base of the Tree of Life, the symbol of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park. Venture inside and receive a pair of 3D glasses before taking a seat inside the approximate 430-seat Tree of Life Repertory Theatre.

An “Off-Off Bugway” Show
Flik, the loveable ant from the Disney•Pixar film A Bug’s Life, invites you and your family to become honorary creepy crawlies by donning a pair of special “bug eye” glasses and watching an exciting 3D film and live show on the survival techniques of bugs.

During the show, dodge flying quills from a tarantula, feel a harmless “acid spray” from a soldier termite and inhale the putrid “defense stench” from a stink bug. But when Hopper—the grasshopper villain from A Bug’s Life—unexpectedly shows up, the theater becomes a swarm of crazy activity, led by buzzing hornets and tumbling spiders.

In the end, you’ll learn “it’s tough to be a bug” surely, but more importantly, that insects are our friends.

With dazzling 3D movie effects, Audio-Animatronics® figures and in-theater 4D surprises, It’s Tough to be a Bug! places you in the center of the fascinating world of insects, showcasing the incredible value they add to our lives.

Pathway under tangled roots at the Tree of Life that leads to Tree of Life Repertory Theatre

A Disney Park First

It’s Tough to be a Bug! made its theme park debut before the hit movie on which it was based premiered.

As the concept for the attraction began at Walt Disney Imagineering, story development for the movie was well underway. At that time, the film’s only designed characters were Flik and Hopper. So Imagineering—with the help of a senior entomologist at the Smithsonian Institute—hatched the remaining insect cast and fashioned a story about the survival techniques of bugs.

Because the attraction was finished before the film was complete, Flik and Hopper went on to make their very first public appearance at Walt Disney World Resort—6 months before the Disney•Pixar film A Bug’s Life was even released.

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Complimentary FastPass+ Service Offered

As early as 30 days in advance, you can secure a time for this or other attractions that offer FastPass+ service. And with a Walt Disney World Resort hotel reservation and valid theme park admission, make selections up to 60 days before your check-in date.

Check FastPass+ Availability

Plan Ahead for Best Selection

To have a greater variety of options to choose from, we suggest you make FastPass+ selections early. Or if you prefer, simply decide as you go and use the My Disney Experience mobile app to view real-time wait times for standby entrances.

Valid theme park admission required. FastPass+ attractions and entertainment experiences, the number of selections you can make and available arrival windows are limited. Certain MyMagic+ features and benefits require online registration.

Hopper, a feared grasshopper, gives a menacing look on stage at It's Tough to be a Bug! show

Too Scary for Kids?

It’s Tough to be a Bug! may be too scary for very young children. This attraction celebrates the creepy world of bugs like spiders and termites, and some of the set pieces and scenes contain some startling subject matter.



Saturday, July 04, 2015

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