It’s Tough to Be a Bug! The Final Verdict!

Hey, folks!  Good afternoon!  While you’re watching your Saturday football games, I’d like to take a quick second to update you on another final score – It’s Tough to Be a Bug!  The Final Verdict!

The poll is now closed.  The results are in.  After days and days of voting and tons and tons of comments, your voices have been heard!  You have spoken your minds.  Disney will be compelled to listen … we hope!

  • Leave it Alone  –  44%
  • Rehabilitate  –  32%
  • Eliminate  –  24%

Do you see that, Disney?  All in WDW’s re-imagineers have contemplated the question.  We have overwhelmingly decided.  You need to put away your cans of Raid.  The bugs can be spruced up a bit, but they must be spared!

So, What SHOULD We Do With It’s Tough to Be a Bug!?

My friends, I’m not sure that we know!  If there ever was a split decision, this was it.  Check out these results (to-date):

  • Leave it Alone – 33%
  • Rehabilitate – 37%
  • Eliminate – 30%

The poll is STILL open!  To weigh in, go back to … Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

Wow!  Surely Disney will leave this attraction alone, yes?  At the most, they’ll spruce it up a bit?  I mean, they do read these polls, don’t they?

Hey!  They could be!  For example, look back at … Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – Mission: Space!  We clearly recommended that they “Rehabilitate”.  And, they did!

Want more proof?  Check out … Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – The Great Movie Ride.

In that “challenge”, we overwhelmingly (the option only got 12% of the vote!) protested any idea that they “Eliminate”.  See how that worked out?  Oh, wait …

What did Walt say?  “Disneyland will never be completed.  It will continue to grow as long as there is imagination left in the world.”  That applies to WDW, as well, of course.

I guess the point is that Disney will do what Disney does – improve the parks.  My opinion?  Whether by a Zootopia experience or something else, It’s Tough to Be a Bug! will eventually be replaced.  It’s sort of inevitable.

What SHOULD we do with the inside of the Tree of Life?

In the meantime, your votes were almost as numerous as your voices.  What did you have to say about Flik and Hopper?  There was a lot of love tossed around – and even a little bit of distaste.  As we close this effort, take a look …

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Eliminate!  Only two rides in all of The World I dislike!  This is one of them!

It’s 20 years old?!  That’s hard for me to believe.  I voted to keep it.  But, only because I enjoy watching the reaction of friends that haven’t experienced it.

Love it.  Keep it.  Rehabilitate it.

Love it!  Keep it!  Just because it’s old, and you’ve seen it so many times, doesn’t mean it needs to go!  Mickey is way older.  Should we get rid of him?

I love it, and that’s even with my fear of the fake spiders!

I always struggle with changes – like the parade and fireworks changes.  Those are part of my memories of past trips, and part of the magic for me, so I’m always uncomfortable to see things go … even though the next new things may be just as wonderful.

I think there is something to be said for keeping some “classic” rides, shows, and attractions.

Eliminate!  Still creeps me out … even as an adult!

We just saw it for the first time last week, and our family loved it.  The show was packed!

I voted to eliminate.  I have seen it, and enjoyed it, but it is 20 years old.  Why not replace it with something else?

Saw it when it opened, saw it last week, and countless times In between – rehabilitate.

Rehabilitate.  It’s still fun.

My daughter went at 4 1/2 – and again last week at 16.  She still loves it.  Could be scary for little ones.

We think it is fun.  My 4 year old hates it, though.

Eliminate!  I will never forget my son, who is now 28, but when he was of course much younger, screaming “Mom, there are bugs in my socks”!  I love the Tree of Life, but I have no interest in ever seeing or smelling It’s Tough to Be a Bug! again.

Love it!  Just make sure all of the effects work … especially Hopper!

Get rid!  I’ve never liked it.  Zootopia would be fun, but there are lots of animal-based films that could go in there.

We have always loved this!  Leave it be!

I like this show.  Enhancements would be awesome, but keep it for sure!

I loved it.  Cool and enjoyable.  However, my daughter cried for about an hour afterwards.  Hopper scared her to death.  That was 2015 – when she was 5 – and she wouldn’t do it again.  Not even this year when we went.

I spend a lot of time sitting in Animal Kingdom.  So, there I was sitting one day on the path between Asia and Africa.  I watched as two Cast Members were trying to hand out something to guests.  They were ‘good anytime’ FastPasses for It’s Tough to Be a Bug!  People were turning them down!  That attraction is probably on the chopping block.

My all-time favorite attraction.  The last time I went I talked to the Cast Members working and asked if I could just sit in the back for a few showings.  I sat for six shows in a row, and, then, they presented me with a special pin proclaiming me an official “friend of bugs.”  I could watch people reacting to that show all day long.  I love it, and I would be sad if it were gone.

Rehabilitate? Or, Eliminate? – It’s Tough to Be a Bug!

Welcome to the weekend, my friends!  Where applicable, don’t forget to turn your clocks back tonight.  Just your friendly reminder!

Hey!  The fact that this particular attraction came up in our last conversation at the WDW Main Street Pub got me to thinking … just how old are all those bugs?

It’s Tough to Be a Bug! – which I mistakenly kept referring to on the show as ‘It’s a Bug’s Life’ – is based on the 1998 Disney-Pixar film “A Bug’s Life”.  The WDW attraction, itself, opened seven months before the movie dropped – on April 22, 1998.

Wow.  Almost twenty years old?  Already?  Hmmm.  That piece of information got me to thinking further … should the show be near to the end of its run?

Let’s consider … the movie was pretty successful.  Yet, at the same time, the characters aren’t exactly counted amongst Disney’s mainstream.  The Tree of Life is a park icon.  Shouldn’t it house an iconic attraction?  Again, hmmm.

Hey, how about a Zootopia attraction?  Just a thought.  It was one of the highest grossing animated movies in history, after all.

So, referring back to the post’s title, what’s this “rehabilitation or elimination” thing all about?  Well, if your new to All in WDW, folks, open up your imagination, because it goes something like this …

Welcome to the The Walt Disney Company, my friends!  I hope you are enjoying your “career” in Disney’s design and development division – Walt Disney Imagineering!

As you know, WDI is responsible for the creation and construction of Disney theme parks worldwide, and we need your help!

Tap into your creativity.  Imagine that you’re an … Imagineer!  Yes!  In fact, in today’s case, you’re a “re-imagineer”!

It’s Tough to Be a Bug!  Should we rehabilitate?  Leave the theme alone, but give it a bit of a facelift, maybe?  Should we eliminate?  Replace it with a new attraction altogether?  Or, should we simply leave it completely alone?

Your task, today, is a two-part job.  First, what’s your vote?  Second, if you want to rehabilitate, what do you suggest we do?  If you want to eliminate, what should take its place?  What’s your “Project Plan”?

Leave your comments on this post, on Facebook, or on Twitter, my friends!  This is what we do.  It’s Imagineering.  It’s “Re-Imagineering”!  We need your help!  Now, get to work!

Wow! Now, We Have 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

What a milestone we celebrate today, folks!  With this post, the WDW Main Street Podcast celebrates its 400th episode!

Wow!  400?!  Are you kidding me?  Who can talk that much for that long?  Um, the answer to that question will reveal itself to you in just a few seconds.

Naturally, I didn’t personally participate in all 400 shows.  Not even close.  Neither has John Peters, for that matter.  Even our retired colleague – Dennis Conroy – came on board well after the podcast was born.

Who can talk that much for that long?  The show’s founder and host, of course.  Yes, it is Doug Davis who has that incredible “gift of gab”.

Doug and I at Laguna Bar!

Main Street was his brain-child.  He’s hosted or co-hosted every single episode.  In truth, it is Doug that deserves all the credit for this feat!  Congratulations, Doug!  What a phenomenal accomplishment!

My friends, join John and myself, as we congratulate Doug.  Attend our little party.  Step into the WDW Main Street Pub and listen to …

Episode #400 – 400 Reasons to Celebrate!

World Showcase Pavilions … What DO We do with the “Bottom of the Barrel”?

Howdy, folks!  Wow.  It has been … one … long … week.  Odd, too.  Since I had Tuesday off work for Independence Day, that is.

So.  Where were we on our little adventure through Walt Disney World?  Oh, yeah.  Epcot.  World Showcase.  Poll results!

First up, let’s take a look back at World Showcase’s pavilions.  Thanks for your incredible support, my friends.  Over 1,250 votes cast!  Yahoo!

Well, our task was to determine your collective ranking of the pavilions from one (1) to eleven (11), wasn’t it?  To do that, I asked you, each, to select your favorite five (5).  What were the results?

  1. Mexico
  2. Japan
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. Italy
  7. Norway
  8. Morocco
  9. American Adventure
  10. China
  11. Canada

Great list!  Can I comment?  Of course, I can!  Hah!

Mexico won by a bit of a landslide – over 30 votes!  Clearly La Cava del Tequila, the marketplace, the wide selection of restaurants, and the pavilion’s view of Illuminations catches our fancy.

In fact, Mrs. All in WDW and I had them at #2.  Oh, wait.  Here’s our list …

  1. United Kingdom
  2. Mexico
  3. Japan
  4. Germany
  5. Italy
  6. American Adventure
  7. China
  8. Morocco
  9. Canada
  10. France
  11. Norway

Pretty darn similar, I’d say.  With the exception of Italy – which you ranked in 6th place – our Top 5 matched yours!  Great minds think alike!

One other observation … let’s look at your list one more time – in a different light.  As you know, some of the pavilions (shown in RED) offer distinct, marquee movies or attractions.  How did those countries do?

  1. Mexico
  2. Japan
  3. United Kingdom
  4. Germany
  5. France
  6. Italy
  7. Norway
  8. Morocco
  9. American Adventure
  10. China
  11. Canada

Only two of the Top 6 – as opposed to four of the Bottom 5 – offer attractions.  Huh?  Maybe attractions aren’t World Showcase’s draw, after all.

You know what?  Norway’s ranking mystifies me at the same time as it doesn’t surprise me.  We ranked it in 11th, after all.  With Maelstrom still “alive”, we would have ranked the pavilion at #3!

Much to our dismay, however, Frozen Ever After is insanely popular.  Having said that, it shocks me that Elsa didn’t single-handedly prop Norway up this poll.  I feel bad for Disney.  All that money spent, and we don’t even seem to appreciate it!

I hate to ask, but are we bored with the American Adventure?  I don’t mean the attraction, of course, but I do mean the pavilion itself.

What is it, everyone?  Is it just that there is no decent dining option … other than The Smokehouse at Flower & Garden?  Is it that their shopping options are next to nonexistent?

I’d find a way to add a stand-out Table Service option.  Doug Davis has mentioned that on our podcast.  Plus, I’d increase the size of the main gift shop and completely re-imagine Liberty Inn.

Finally, what do we do with the “bottom of the barrel”?  Good question.  Clearly, Canada’s signature restaurant isn’t helping them much.

If it were me, with the exception of Le Cellier – which should be enlarged to handle more Guests (another comment already made by Doug Davis and Dennis Conroy) – this pavilion needs a complete overhaul.

For example, their one little store is not much to speak about.  Look at the shopping options boasted by your Top 4.  There’s no comparison.  It is a clear area for improvement, Epcot.

How about adding a solid Quick Service?  Every other pavilion offers some type of reasonable Counter Service dining option.  Where’s the one in Canada?

Finally, what do we do with the movie?  Will an updated film lift this pavilion up the charts.  Probably not.

Here’s an idea … how much room do you have in there, Disney?  You’ve devoted a ton of space to landscaping, that’s for sure.

Could you, possibly, find enough area to, somehow, engineer a small log flume ride into the pavilion?  Hey!  It might be “out there”, but it’s as good of an idea as any!

How about you, folks?  How would you bring one of the Bottom 5 up to par with the rest of the Showcase?  Let us know, here, in the comments section of this post … or on social media!