Description And Comments
It's Tough to Be a Bug! is an uproarious 3-D film about the difficulties of being a very small creature and features some of the characters from the Disney/Pixar film A Bug's Life. It's Tough to Be a Bug! is similar to Muppet*Vision in that it combines a 3-D film with an arsenal of tactile and visual special effects. In our view, the special effects are a bit overdone and the film somewhat disjointed. Even so, we rate the Bug as not to be missed.
Because it's situated in one of the sleepier themed areas, Bug is not usually under attack from the hordes until late morning. This should make It's Tough to Be a Bug! the easiest of the park's top attractions to see.
Be advised that It's Tough to Be a Bug! is very intense and that the special effects will do a number on young children as well as anyone who is squeamish about insects. Check out the following comments from readers who saw It's Tough to Be a Bug! at Walt Disney World. First, from a mother of two from Mobile, Alabama:
It's Tough to be a Bug! was too intense for any kids. Our boys are 5 and 7, and they were scared to death. They love bugs, and they hated this movie. All of the kids in the theater were screaming and crying. I felt like a terrible mother for taking them into this movie. It is billed as a bug movie for kids, but nothing about it is for kids.
But a Williamsville, New York, woman had it even worse:
We almost lost the girls to any further Disney magic due to the 3-D movie It's Tough to Be a Bug! It was their first Disney experience, and almost their last. The story line was nebulous and difficult to follow - all they were aware of was the torture of sitting in a darkened theater being overrun with bugs. Total chaos, the likes of which I've never experienced, was breaking out around us. The 11-year-old refused to talk for 20 minutes after the fiasco, and the 3 1/2-year-old wanted to go home - not back to the hotel, but home.
Most readers, however, loved the Bugs, including this mom from Brentwood, Tennessee:
It's intense like Honey, I Shrunk the Audience but mostly funny. The bugs are cartoonlike instead of realistic and icky, so I can't understand what all the fuss is about. Disney has conditioned us to think of rodents as cute, so kids think nothing of walking up to a mouse the size of a portable toilet but go nuts over some cartoon bugs. Get a grip!
Lately, It's Tough to Be a Bug! has periodically been preempted in favor of 4-D feature film previews promoting Disney's latest potential blockbusters, such as Maleficent and Cinderella. Check it out if you are interested in a supersized trailer of an upcoming movie, accompanied by bursts of wind and water.
This chart shows you roughly how long you'll wait for It's Tough to Be a Bug! when you visit on a day with a given Disney California Adventure Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average "peak" wait time (that is, how long the line will at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it's the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see It's Tough to Be a Bug! Wait Times.
- We rate this attraction as Not To Be Missed.
3-D effects and loud noises frighten many preschoolers
- Reflective Captioning Available
- Assistive Listening Devices Available
- Audio Description Devices Available
- May Remain In Wheelchair/ECV
Other Attractions in a bug's land
- Flik's Flyers
- Francis' Ladybug Boogie
- Heimlich's Chew Chew Train
- Princess Dot Puddle Park
- Tuck and Roll's Drive 'Em Buggies
Touring Plans with It's Tough to Be a Bug!
- Disney California Adventure One-Day Plan for Adults
- Disney California Adventure One-Day Plan for Parents with Small Children
- Disney California Adventure Late Arrival One-Day Plan for Parents with Small Children