Having never seen Pixar’s much-renowned It’s a Bug’s Life (the movie this attraction is based on), I wasn’t overly enthusiastic about seeing this show. Well that and the fact that I have always found insects more gross than cool, go figure. However, it was a stifling hot summer day and an air-conditioned film that many have raved about had no wait at all, so I gave it a chance not expecting too much and I was absolutely blown away by how well done the entire attraction is. The queue was a masterpiece in my opinion, offering some breathtaking views of the park’s iconic Tree of Life from some very interesting angels from down below. But less prominent yet just as enjoyable, were fake, bug-themed promotional posters scattered throughout the queue that were quite witty and well thought out filled with plenty of puns.
After donning a pair of aptly-named “bug eyes”, I sat down in a very well themed theater. The wooden benches really fit the bug theme and there were so many little touches scattered about the theater. Once the show begin, it combined a quality Flik (the blue ant) animatronic with the great 3-D show I have come to know and love from Disney. But of all of Disney’s 3-D shows, this one is far and away my personal favorite thanks to the flawless blend of witty humor, incredible 4-D effects, and great 3-D effects that had me cringing. The whole premise of the attraction is Flik trying to show us that bugs and humans should be friends instead of enemies is simplistic, but sufficient enough since it applies to the attraction. While only about 5 minutes long, the attraction had some very unique and unexpected effects such as bee stings, bug spray, and creepy, crawling bugs, just to name a few. I really don’t want to spoil the film, but each and every one of the effects are executed to perfection and many of them had me jumping literally!
It’s a Bug’s Life is definitely one of Animal Kingdom’s best attractions thanks to the all-around quality of the entire performance. Some segments had me laughing hysterically, while others had some intense special effects that made me cringe or flinch. This is easily Disney’s best 3-D show and not only that, but the best one out there (though it would be challenged by T2 3D the very next day). Young kids probably would be frightened on this attraction though do to the loud nature of the attraction and some very intense effects that even had many adults jumping. While at the park be sure to check out this excellent attraction since it’s a great experience and it’s a great way to escape the heat.