It’s Tough to be a Bug!

This attraction, located inside the Tree of Life on Discovery Island, is a totally immersive experience that seeks to teach audiences about some of the world’s most interesting bugs. It’s part 3D film, part animatronic show, and part sensory sensation.

IMG_4876As you can imagine, there’s a lot to learn at this attraction, and it all starts in the queue. Incidentally, visiting It’s Tough to be a Bug! gets you amazing and up-close views of the Tree of Life. As you enter the lobby under the tree, you’ll see posters advertising the Tree of Life Repertory Theatre’s past productions. These funny posters also include some neat bug facts, so look around and find as many as you can.

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During the show, you’ll learn even more about insects and spiders that have neat features that help them survive in their habitats. Disney Imagineers actually worked with a top Smithsonian entomologist to develop the show and make sure they had all the facts right. You may even come away with a better appreciation for bugs and how they help our environment.

It’s worth noting that this attraction may be scary for young kids or those with a fear of insects or spiders. Some of the visuals or effects can be loud and intense at times. But it’s a great educational opportunity for anyone interested to learn more about bugs in the world.

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.K.L.14.3, SC.4.L.17.4, SC.5.L.17.1

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Flame Tree Barbecue

This quick service restaurant is not only a great spot for a barbecue fix (they’re famous for their Flame Tree BBQ rub), it’s also a hidden learning opportunity.

Flame TreeAfter ordering and picking up from the main building, make your way to one of seven colorful pavilions for a table. Each pavilion is themed around a different predator/prey pair. This place is about eating after all! Look up and around you to find out who is chasing whom. This can be especially fun for younger children who may be drawn to the whimsical animals and the concept of matching.

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As you check out each pavilion, keep your eyes open for birds, anteaters, rabbits, spiders, fish, and more.

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.L.17.1, SC.3.L.15.1, SC.4.L.17.2, SC.7.L.17.1, SC.7.L.17.2, SC.912.L.17.6