Disney's Animal Kingdom Theme Park
Loud, Dark, Scary
Due to the nature of the experience, Guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at the attraction for boarding information.
Stage Shows, Indoor
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.
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.
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.