Trust me. Don’t do it. Just don’t take your toddler to see It’s Tough to be a Bug!
If your toddlers are scared easily or don’t like spiders and loud noises or gag every single time you enter a public restroom that smells even remotely bad. Do not go to see the It’s Tough to be a Bug! show in the Animal Kingdom.
Elijah was super pumped to go to it; we love A Bug’s Life in our house. I didn’t really think about how scary it is for a little one to do a 3-D show. Especially a 3-D show with spiders and fart smells and loud flying, buzzing bug noises. The whole thing, it was bad news.
The thrill level of the ride, as described on the Walt Disney World website, is actually listed as “loud, dark, scary” but I didn’t really consider that, and I definitely should have.
Elijah cried and kept saying he wanted to leave. I’m sure it would have been disruptive to the others in the audience if the show weren’t so loud.
Here are my 4 year old’s thoughts about the show:
“I didn’t like the stink bug. It was smelly and big. I don’t like stinky bugs because they are stinky. And I almost puked.” In reality, the stink bug didn’t smell that bad, and the smell only lasted a few seconds.
“I didn’t like anything in the buggy’s life. Not one thing.” He did seem to be enjoying it at first, but I think the scary parts made him forget the funny parts.
“The big spiders came out of the sky and I said ‘I want to go home! I want to go home!'” That was pretty scary. Large, fake spiders were suspended from the ceiling at one point. Emmy hated that part, too.
“The big thing looked like it was going to get me and that was scary.” He’s talking about the fly swatter that seemed like it was going to smack your face.
“When the bugs were buzzing and flying at my face I cried.” This was basically the whole show…
“I’m sorry that I wanted to go see a buggy’s life. It was too scary for humans and too scary for Emmy.” He actually apologized after he collected himself. It was so sweet, like it was his idea to go see it and his fault that it scared them…I’m such a good mom…
I’m certain that the end, where it feels like bugs are crawling on your butt, would have terrified him too, but he was on RJ’s lap, his face buried in RJ’s chest, so he didn’t feel that.
And he definitely did not want to do the character meet with Flik after, Emmy totally did though.
Elijah refused to really do anything for a good hour after the show. He didn’t even want to go on the TriceraTop Spin ride that Emaline and I rode twice. RJ got him out of his funk by playing carnival games and winning him a stuffed dino, which he named dino.
So, if we were doing the Animal Kingdom over again, I would definitely skip It’s Tough to be a Bug. It’s just too much for a toddler, especially the first attraction of a Walt Disney World Trip.
Did you take your toddlers on any rides that made you question your parenting choices? What was your favorite thing to do in the Animal Kingdom? Let me know in the comments!