Share This!You’re going on vacation to Walt Disney World! The only problem? You’re not sure which attractions are right for you and your kiddos and you have questions. Which attractions are too intense for little ones? What rides do I really need a FastPass+ reservation for? What’s the disability access like for certain attractions? We’re answering all those questions and more in our Everything You Need to Know attraction series with today’s focus on It’s Tough to Be a Bug at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What is It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a 3-D/multi-sensory show starring Flik from Disney Pixar’s film A Bug’s Life. Through the use of a 3-D screen, audio-animatronics, and effects, Flik and other bugs attempt to demonstrate the importance of bugs, but also that it’s really tough to be one!Where is It’s Tough to Be a Bug?©DisneyIt’s Tough to Be a Bug is located inside the base of the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.What is the History of It’s Tough to Be a Bug?When creating Disney’s Animal Kingdom, there was an idea to place an attraction inside the Tree of Life, the park’s icon. It was decided a show would be produced based off of Disney Pixar’s A Bug’s Life which had yet to be released in theaters.It’s Tough to Be a Bug and Disney’s Animal Kingdom park opened April 22, 1998 while “A Bug’s Life” wasn’t released in theaters until November 25, 1998. Fun Fact: Andrew Stanton, the director of Finding Nemo, voiced Hopper in the attraction in the place of Kevin Spacey.Disney California Adventure at the Disneyland Resort received it’s own It’s Tough to Be a Bug as part of its A Bug’s Land. However, the attraction closed in 2018 with the rest of the land to make way for the park’s Marvel-themed expansion.What Do You Need to Know About the Queue for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?(c) DisneyI personally love this queue and consider it one of Disney World’s best! Guests enter the queue from the bustling pathway around Discovery Island which then takes them to the base of the Tree of Life.As guests follow the winding paths, they begin to feel small in comparison to the giant carved tree and its roots. It’s almost as if they’re the size of bugs? Guests eventually enter the base of the Tree of Life and into a holding room which looks like a tunnel dug by bugs! There’s even little mushrooms growing out of the walls serving as lights; and yes, even a giant dung ball. Here guests are given their 3-D bug glasses to become “honorary bugs.”Throughout the trek to the Tree of Life, guests are treated to close-up views of the tree’s breathtaking animal carvings. Photographers will especially enjoy the perspective it supplies. There are also posters scattered throughout showcasing the different bug acts from the show. My favorites, however, are the posters of well-known shows but with an insect twist, such as Web Side Story and My Fair Ladybug!What is the Theater Like for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?(c) DisneyLike most Disney Park theaters, the theater for It’s Tough to Be a Bug accommodates a lot of guests and every seat offers a view of the stage and screen. The theater itself is especially cool in that it looks like an underground cavern constructed by bugs!I should mention that this 3-D theater is unique in that the theater seats include effects which make guests feel like bugs are crawling behind them and under them!What Do You Need to Know About the It’s Tough to Be a Bug Experience?The show begins with Flik welcoming guests as honorary bugs to learn how tough it is to actually be a bug. Different bug acts take the stage, such as a tarantula which throws quills and a termite that sprays acid at the audience. An audio-animatronic Hopper soon makes an appearance, but with intentions to really teach humans a lesson. A can of bug spray sprays the audience and the theater goes dark. Guests feel poking sensations from the back of the seats to simulate the movement of bugs. Black widow spiders then descend from the ceiling.Hopper is scared off thanks to a chameleon, and the show comes to an end with a musical number by several bugs. Right before guests stand to leave, an effect simulates the feeling of movement under foot which are also meant to be bugs leaving the theater.It’s Tough to Be a Bug is intended to be humorous; and for a few guests, it succeeds. But for most guests, not so much. The problem is the show highlights the creepy crawliness of bugs and their scarier aspects instead of their endearing ones. Coupled with 3-D, darkness, and sensory effects, this show can be incredibly scary and upsetting for kids and adults!The show spans about 9 minutes.What Do You Need to Know About Accessibility for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?Guests may remain in a wheelchair to experience It’s Tough to Be a Bug. Due to the nature of this attraction, guests with service animals should check with a Cast Member at the attraction for boarding information.What Do You Need to Know About the Health and Safety Advisories for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?Since It’s Tough to Be a Bug is a show, there are no height requirements or safety warnings. With that being said, guests should be aware of the intense sensory experiences, the simulated movement of bugs under guests’ feet and behind their back, as well as moments of darkness, fog, 3-D effects, and loud sounds. It’s by no means a relaxing experience. Be sure to know what the kids and members in your group can handle before experiencing It’s Tough to Be a Bug.What are the Height Restrictions for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?There are no height restrictions for It’s Tough to Be a Bug.What Do You Need to Know About FastPass+ for It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug offers FastPass+ reservations. Although, using FastPass+ for most shows at Walt Disney World is often a waste. Most of the time, the only waiting required for a show is waiting for the next show to start as Disney Park theaters accommodate large crowds and offer multiple showings throughout the day.So save those FastPass+ reservations for a ride and check out It’s Tough to Be a Bug when you need to fill time.Does Weather Affect It’s Tough to Be a BugThis attraction is indoors and out of the elements so weather shouldn’t be an issue. Unless the queue is extended outside of the building, guests waiting to ride will be out in the weather as well.What’s the Best Time of Day to Experience It’s Tough to Be a Bug?It’s Tough to Be a Bug is rarely crowded even on the busiest days. Go in the morning after Kilimanjaro Safaris, Kali River Rapids, Expedition Everest, and DINOSAUR.This chart shows you roughly how long you’ll wait for It’s Tough to Be a Bug! when you visit on a day with a given Disney’s Animal Kingdom Crowd Level. The blue bars represent the average “peak” wait time (that is, how long the line will be at its busiest). The bottom and top black lines represent the range of peak wait times to expect (for you fellow nerds out there: it’s the 5th percentile and 95th percentile of peak wait times). Please note that these are estimates, and for a better forecast for your travel dates, see It’s Tough to Be a Bug! Wait Times.Did I answer all of your questions about It’s Tough to Be a Bug? Is this attraction at the top of your family’s vacation to-do list? Let us know in the comments.
Bangkok-based Thai AirAsia X has passed a major international safety audit, the International Air Transport Association Operation Safety Audit (IOSA), that covers more than 1060 separate parameters.Thai AirAsia X is a JV between Thai nationals Tassapon Bijleveld and Julpas Krueospon with 51% share and Air Asia X with 49%.Thai AirAsia X operates 8 A330s to 7 destinations in Asia.The operational safety audit is compulsory for IATA members and airlines that have completed the audit have a safety record almost four times better than those that have not.See the video of ANA A380 superjumbo turtle being painted.Now 427 airlines have completed the audit, which is renewed every two years.The completion of the audit elevates the Thai operation from three stars to six-stars out of a possible seven-star safety rating with AirlineRatings.com.The airline is the fifth in AirAsia Group to become IOSA accredited following AirAsia X Malaysia in 2015, AirAsia Indonesia in August 2018, AirAsia Malaysia in September 2018 and AirAsia Philippine in November 2018.Nadda Buranasiri, Group CEO of AirAsia X, said the carrier’s completion of the IOSA accreditation process confirms the ongoing focus on continual improvement in the areas of operational and safety integrity and is a testament to the hard work of the whole team at AirAsia X Thailand.“I would like to thank all our team members for their diligent and stringent work to ensure robust safety and service procedures that meet the highest world safety standards. Our achievement of IOSA is a credit to all of your efforts and will instill further confidence amongst our passengers,” Mr. Nadda said.IATA is a world-recognized aviation industry operations, management and standards control inspection and evaluation agency. The IOSA accreditation process covers eight key areas, namely; corporate organization and management systems, flight operations, operational control – flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling, cargo operations, and operational security.The awarding of the IOSA accreditation is expected to be a major boost for the airline.The IOSA certification audit is an internationally recognized and accepted evaluation system designed to assess the operational management and control systems of an airline.The audit covers eight functional and operational areas: organization and management system, flight operations, operational control, and flight dispatch, aircraft engineering and maintenance, cabin operations, ground handling operations, cargo operations, and security management.IOSA was introduced to stem the increasing number of crashes in the late 1990s and into the beginning of the last decade.The AirAsia Group airlines fly to 165 destinations in 25 countries.It has just ordered or reconfirmed orders for 100 A330s for its AirAsia X operation.Also, it is evaluating Airbus’ long-range version of the A321neo as it moves to target more destinations within a range of seven hours.Powered by CFM International’s LAEP-1A engines, the A321neo LR, is due to enter service in the fourth quarter of 2018 and is designed to carry up to 240 passengers 4000 nautical miles.
In 1945, a year after the Allies stormed the beaches of Normandy, the ocean was busy establishing a beachhead of its own, burrowing beneath a fortified section of an important Antarctic glacier. Pine Island Glacier, a Texas-sized, 2-kilometer-thick ice sheet (pictured), is the linchpin of the rapidly disappearing West Antarctic Ice Sheet—one of the largest drivers of uncertainty for sea level rise this century. No glacier has lost more water to the ocean in recent years: It is thinning by more than a meter each year as warm ocean water creeps in and melts it from underneath, hollowing out a vast ice shelf. Now, scientists can trace the beginning of this accelerated melting to a surge of warming in the Pacific Ocean more than 70 years ago. Researchers already knew that in the 1970s the glacier lost contact with an undersea ridge that had held ocean water at bay. But how long did it take for the ocean to worm its way through? Working in remote conditions, researchers in the winter of 2012 ran a drill through 450 meters of ice and 500 meters of ocean to collect seafloor sediments on either side of this lost bulwark. Analyzing and dating these rocks, they found that ocean water began to appear on the ridge’s land-facing side in 1945, even as the ice sheet remained grounded on the ridge’s summit, scientists report online today in Nature. Furthermore, they found that the incursion of ocean water followed a notably warm El Niño in the Pacific Ocean between 1939 and 1942. It would be nearly a half-century before the oceans around Antarctica saw such warmth again. Yet the water in the cavity never refroze, suggesting that the melting of some ice sheets will be difficult to reverse, even if human-driven warming is curbed.
Narayanaswami SrinivasanNarayanaswami Srinivasan, 65, is in the middle of several controversies, befitting his status as newly anointed president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the richest, most powerful and most-pilloried cricket board in the world. He has rejected demands for an inquiry into India’s disastrous England,Narayanaswami SrinivasanNarayanaswami Srinivasan, 65, is in the middle of several controversies, befitting his status as newly anointed president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the richest, most powerful and most-pilloried cricket board in the world. He has rejected demands for an inquiry into India’s disastrous England tour, sought legal advice on how to resolve the Kochi Tuskers crisis, and parried countless calls from Pakistan Cricket Board president Ijaz Bhatt seeking a renewal of Indo-Pakistan cricket ties.The chairman of India Cements which, in turn, is the prime investor in IPL team Chennai Super Kings, Srinivasan is a chemical engineer from the Illinois Institute of Technology as well as a chartered accountant. As he sits in the Chennai office of India Cements, which has a turnover of Rs 3,800 crore, surrounded by pictures of grandchildren, a clay model of Mahatma Gandhi and a miniature charkha on his table, he is determined to change the course of BCCI in his three years as president.”I hate this middle path where you have to please everybody. The Lalit Modi issue has been hanging fire, it has to end. In the International Cricket Council (ICC), I would like members to strongly take up various cricketing issues and involve associate members as well. Let’s expand, let the best man lead ICC,” he says. With fewer hours devoted to golf-he used to play daily as compared to his current weekly cycle-he has also dropped out as president of the All India Chess Federation so that he can devote more time to BCCI.advertisementHe has enough on his plate. The finance ministry claims the board owes it Rs 160 crore in service tax on IPL franchisee fees and sale of advertisement space in 2010. Worse, his one-time mentor and former BCCI president, A.C. Muthiah, has been seeking an injunction from the Supreme Court against Srinivasan holding top slots in the BCCI and an IPL team. The courts have refused to restrain Srinivasan who, as a matter of routine, maintains that he does not own Chennai Super Kings and that it’s run by a team of professionals.From district vice-president of Tamil Nadu Cricket Association in 2001 to his big break in 2005, when he became treasurer in the Sharad Pawar-led BCCI, he has managed to steer clear of controversy until now. Excerpts from an interview with deputy editor Shantanu Guha Ray.Q. Did you check your stars before assuming the role of BCCI president?A. (Laughs) I did but cannot share the name of my astrologer, nor what he told me about my future.Q. List three of your immediate priorities as board president.A. I want to focus on the development of the game, greater accountability and transparency. There is a fourth priority: The public must know the truth about former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi. It must also know that the BCCI is an honest body.Q. Why is the BCCI not pushing for Modi’s extradition? He is being investigated by the Enforcement Directorate and the Income Tax department on charges of accepting kickbacks in IPL television deals, rigging bids for teams and openly flouting BCCI guidelines.A. He is mocking us from England with his tweets. He is making a mockery of our judicial system. He thinks he can still control cricket with his tweets and blogs. I cannot issue summons, I do not run a court in this country. There are investigating agencies which are pursuing these cases against him. There are courts which will take note if summons are being avoided. If the Government wants, his passport will be cancelled. The recent Supreme Court judgment rejected Modi’s demand for a change in the BCCI Disciplinary Committee probing him.Q. But the Kochi issue is hanging fire and the team has been suspended because of payment defaults. There are rumours that some of the players could be put up for auction.A. We did what was written in the rule book. The team was repeatedly warned and asked to pay its dues. Now, the Kochi Tuskers management has threatened legal action. As far as the BCCI is concerned, Kochi is out of IPL. The case needs to be resolved. I know what you will ask next. There’s no personal agenda here. We had issues with Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab but those were sorted out.Q. What are your thoughts on icc’s recent efforts to revisit the governance of the game? There are demands that associate members be given a larger say.A. I am not in favour of regulations which give only a few the upper hand. They need to be changed. After all, members own the ICC and have to play an integral part in running the game.advertisementQ. Do you think the ICC’s rotation system of appointing a president should be done away with?A. It’s my view that the best person should run ICC. We can work out a system where professionals take charge.Q. Does this mean the president has to be from India?A. No, I didn’t say that. He can be from any member country.Q. Is the BCCI behind the ICC’s call for depoliticisation of cricket because of the mooted National Sports Development Bill that seeks to rein in sports bodies in India?A. There should be depoliticisation of cricket. But I was not on the executive board when this decision was taken. I think it would be grossly unfair to lay the blame at BCCIs doorstep.Q. Politicians like Rajiv Shukla, Vilasrao Deshmukh and Anurag Thakur are holding crucial posts in the BCCI. It appears as if you are seeking a political solution to what has become a political problem (the sports ministry’s demand to bring BCCI under its control) in sports?A. Scan the list of BCCI’s state bodies and you will see loads of politicians, except in the south where people associated with cricket run the show. So, appointing politicians is not a recent phenomenon and I am certainly not doing it to fortify my defence.Q. The parliamentary Standing Committee on Finance in 2010 asked the Government to investigate FEMA and FIPB violations by IPL franchisees. Will the BCCI cooperate?A. Aren’t we cooperating? All papers pertaining to IPL during Modi’s tenure were handed over to the investigating agencies in 2010.Q. The Indian team is riddled with injury-related problems. You lost as many as eight players on the England tour. Already short of pacers, the batting mainstay of Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and V.V.S. Laxman is unlikely to last your three-year term. How do you propose to reinforce the side?A. We have a strong bench. That’s why we could send a team to the West Indies and survive the England tour. This is cricket, not child’s play. It’s an ordeal by fire. Those in it will have to perform if they wish to replace legends like Sachin and Rahul.Q. Do you think the huge sums of money involved in cricket distract attention from other sports?A. That is an unfair charge. Corporations in India put in money because they find the game of cricket an attractive investment. You cannot blame BCCI for the decline of other sports. On the contrary, the BCCI continues to help games like football in India.Q. Finally, when will you play a series against Pakistan?A. This needs a political answer. Please get it from Delhi.
Tamim Iqbal scored 95 to steer Bangladesh’s largest successful run chase in one-day international cricket as they beat Scotland by six wickets to keep alive their quarterfinal chances at the World Cup.Scotland set Bangladesh 319 to win Thursday after posting 318 for 8, an innings built around a record-breaking 156 of opener Kyle Coetzer. Iqbal’s innings of 95 from 100 balls, which was the highest by a Bangladesh batsman in a World Cup match, and his partnership of 139 with Mohammad Mahmudullah (62) established the strong pace that was necessary for Bangladesh to achieve the target with 11 balls to spare.Iqbal was out in the 32nd over when Bangladesh were 201 for 3, leaving a lot of work still to do, but he had cleared the way: Bangladesh were 191 for 2 after 30 overs where Scotland had been 152 for 3. Mushfiqur Rahim then spurred the Bangladesh chase, which was the second-highest successful run chase in World Cup history, scoring 60 from 42 balls.Bangladesh were a batsman down after regular opener Anamul Haque dislocated a shoulder while fielding and that made a solid and fast-paced start essential if it was to run down Scotland’s demanding total. When Rahim was out, with 72 runs still required, Shakib Al Hasan made an unbeaten 52 and Sabbir Rahman added 42 in an unbroken stand for the fifth wicket to guide Bangladesh to their second win at the tournament.Bangladesh have now beaten Afghanistan and Scotland and shared points with Australia in a washed-out match to take five points and stake a strong claim for a place in the tournament quarterfinals. But it has tough matches remaining against England and New Zealand and may have to win one of those games to ensure their progress.advertisement”Our bowlers haven’t bowled well but the good thing is the batters got runs, especially with a big match (against England) coming up,” Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. “We still have two chances. We will try our level best against England, if not against New Zealand.”The Scottish squad was disheartened to have lost in a match in which it set so many team milestones.Coetzer compiled the first century for Scotland in a World Cup match and his 156 – his second ODI hundred – was the second-highest individual total for Scotland in all ODIs, and the highest score by a batsman from an associate – or second-tier – team in World Cup matches.He reached his century from 103 balls, eclipsing the previous-highest score for Scotland in a World Cup match which stood at 76. Scotland had confidence of defending their total to achieve their first-ever World Cup win but the Bangladesh run chase was too skilfully managed.”It’s very tough to take,” Scotland captain Preson Mommsen said. “We did a lot of things right today but unfortunately we couldn’t put the full package together.”Unfortunately, we just couldn’t create enough chances to get 10 wickets.”Coetzer swelled the Scotland total in partnerships of 78 for the third wicket with Matt Machan (35) and 139 for the fourth wicket with Mommsen (39). Scotland’s total was their third highest in ODIs, their highest against a top-tier nation, and marked only the third occasion they have surprassed 300.