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5 Reasons We Love It’s Tough to be a Bug!

It’’s Tough to be a Bug is a light hearted, whimsical 3D presentation all about the difficulties of being a bug. While young children may become temporarily frightened by some of the special effects, this attraction is something the entire family can enjoy together. It’’s easy to walk right past this attraction on your way to the parks more headline attractions, but many consider this little gem not to be missed. Here are 5 reasons why we love It’’s Tough to be a Bug!

5. Low Crowds

We secured a fast pass for It’’s Tough to be a Bug on our very first visit to Animal Kingdom. Upon arriving at the entrance, the cast member suggested to save our fast pass for something else because it was only a five minute wait. We took her advice and were glad we did. We have been to It’’s Tough to be a Bug countless times now and have never needed a fast pass. Sometimes it can feel crowded and claustrophobic while waiting for the main doors to open. But, once they do you can appreciate the cavernous feel this attraction has. With 430 seats inside the theater, we have never been to a show where there were not empty seats! This makes for a great stop when lines for other attractions are at their height, and can be enjoyed at nearly all times during the day with minimal wait times.

4. Stroller Valet

If you are like my family, pushing a stroller around Disney is the norm. Anytime you approach an attraction, you have to find the designated location to park your stroller and make your way back to the entrance. This can be especially frustrating at park opening as everyone else enters the line while you are dealing with stroller parking. So what is stroller valet? Stroller valet allows guests to enter both the fast pass or standby line with your stroller. At a designated point, cast members are standing by to collect your stroller and park it for you! It’’s a wonderful convenience! It’’s Tough to be a Bug is one of only two attractions in all of Walt Disney World to feature stroller valet!

3. Seat Surprises 

During the show you will enjoy watching the screen with 3D bug glasses and other various animatronics and special effects. However, my favorite part is at the very end. As the curtain closes and you are about to get up from your seat, the announcer comes on and asks the honorary bugs (audience) to remain seated while all the lice, bed bugs, maggots and cockroaches exit first. While we don’’t want to give away all of the secrets for guests who have not yet attended the show, we will say that what happens next just might make you jump right out of your seat! Once you know what’s coming, it’’s fun to watch and listen to other guests who don’’t! It’’s a great way to close the show with laughter and a smile on your face.

2. Close up Carvings

The Tree of Life is an impressive park icon. You can actually view the top of this 145 foot artificial tree from the outside of the park as you pass through the toll booths and begin rounding toward the parking lot. Even as you cross the bridge toward discovery island, the sheer 50 base width is hard not to appreciate. What is most impressive is not the hundreds of branches or thousands of leaves, it’’s the 300 animal carvings in the massive trunk that is the most fascinating. It took 10 artists and 3 imagineers 18 months working full time to make all of them. While the natural landscape prohibits a close up view from most angles, the entrance line for It’’s Tough to be a Bug puts you as close to these carvings as you can get! Because of the lower crowds this attraction offers, most people race through the line and miss these elaborate and intricate carvings. The details are incredible. The next time you make your way into this attraction, slow down and get a close up view missed by many!

1. Inside an Icon

Each Walt Disney World theme park has a park icon. An attraction can be found inside each park icon. Inside Cinderella Castle at the Magic Kingdom you can dine like royalty at Cinderella’s Royal Table, or have your little princess transformed by a fairy godmother at the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique. The 180 foot tall geosphere at Epcot is home to Spaceship Earth where you can travel back in time. Over at Hollywood Studios you can drop 13 floors at the Twilight Zone themed Hollywood Tower Hotel. Most people see the Tree of Life at Animal Kingdom as the park icon. What many people don’t realize is when you walk into It’’s Tough to be a Bug, you are walking inside the park icon! This attraction is actually located in the large trunk of the tree! Think about that on your next visit!

These are our 5 reasons why we love It’’s Tough to be a Bug! Do your reasons look like ours? Tell us what you love about this beloved attraction!

About Tim Forgette

I grew up in southeast Michigan. I took my first trip to Walt Disney World in 1986 when I was just three years old. I am blessed to be the husband of 14 years to my beautiful wife, Rachel and father of four precious children, Lily (10), Elijah (8), Grace (6) and Josiah (5). We have always enjoyed doing things as a family which is why, when we moved to Florida, one of the first things we did was buy Disney annual passes. I enjoy everything Florida has to offer, but absolutely love watching my kids light up when it's time to go to Disney! We visit the Disney parks on average about once a week. When not at Disney, I enjoy participating with my church and community, traveling, and spending time with friends and family.