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Tree of Life—It's Tough to be a Bug!

  • Amusement Park/Water Park
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 07/06/2017

Fodor's Review

A monument to all of Earth's creatures, the park's centerpiece is an imposing 14 stories high and 50 feet wide at its base. Its 100,000-plus leaves are several shades of green fabric, each carefully placed for a realistic effect. Carved into its thick trunk, gnarled roots, and soaring branches—some of which are supported by joints that allow them to sway in a strong wind—are nearly 350 intricate animal forms that include a baboon, a whale, a horse, the mighty lion, and even an ankylosaurus. At night, the tree is lit up by projections onto the vast trunk and leaves. Outside, paths tunnel underneath the roots as the fauna-encrusted trunk towers overhead.

The path leads you inside the tree trunk, where you get a bug's-eye view of life. The witty 3-D film adventure It's Tough to be a Bug! is modeled on the animated film A Bug's Life from Disney-Pixar. Special effects spray you with "poison," zap you with a swatter, and even poke you with a stinger—all in

good fun.

Although the show has something for all ages, it's very loud. Some effects frighten young children. For people with disabilities: Wheelchair accessible, but, to fully experience all the special effects, guests using wheelchairs should transfer to a seat. Equipped with reflective captioning and for audio-description and assisted-listening devices. If you have a service animal, check with a host before entering the theater. FastPass+ is offered; enter across from the Disney Outfitters store via the Discovery Island Trails.

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Sight Information


Discovery Island, Walt Disney World, Florida, 32830, USA

Sight Details:

  • Duration: 20 mins. Crowds: Moderate to Heavy. Audience: All but Young Kids

Published 07/06/2017


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