first_imgShare 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? 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first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img richard macmanus Topic navigation is up and running on Read/Write Web, including cross-postingto both K-Collector and TopicExchange. You’ll notice on the main menu, it now lists internal topics (orcategories if you prefer – you say tom-ah-to, I say tom-ay-to). And in my RSSfile, I’ve added references to both KC and TE. Here’s basically what I added inthe MT template:” ent:href=”http://topicexchange.com/t/<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>/”><$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>” ent:id=”<$MTEntryCategory dirify=”1″$>”><$MTEntryCategory$>The KC and TE references are pretty similar, except that KC doesn’t need thedirify=”1″ bit for the topic name. Dirify in this context just meansthe topic value is made lower-case and if it’s a double word an underscore isadded between the two words.Each post references R/WW, KC & TCAt the end of each individual post, you’ll now notice there are 3 links: thefirst one takes you to the Read/Write Web archive for the topic I’ve specifiedfor the post. The next two links take you to the respective KC and TE pages forthat topic. This is all done automatically using the tag (oh,did I mention I’m using Category now instead of Keyword?). There is one downside: sometimes TE and KC won’t have the same topic name asme. In the case of this post here, I’m using the topic name “MovableType” – which is fine because both TE and KC have a topic by that name. Buta lot of times the topics don’t synch. But that’s a whole other issue, which Ican’t fix by myself.So that’s me done with topics for a little while. I’m going to relax a bitthis week and write up some laid-back R/WW posts. Tags:#Info Architecture#Publishing Services#web last_img read more

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Analysis#web Email is old fashioned, right? Not so fast – that rich source of data about your personal connections and interests is finally emerging as a platform for some really innovative services.Yesterday we saw the launch of Gmail’s new Priority Inbox, which automatically sorts inbound messages by priority. That’s something we’ve been expecting since hints of it emerged 18 months ago. This Spring, Gmail began offering secure, programatic access permission for the contents of your inbox – a move we said heralded a new era of inbox applications. Now we’re finally seeing that flood of services emerge. Here are three of the best new email apps that you don’t want to miss. Following screenshots and a screencast, we discuss what it all means and how these are just the beginning of the coming era of email as a platform.RapportiveRapportive is a browser plug-in we wrote about this Spring, but we still see people saying “I don’t know how I lived without this” months later. For now it’s simple: the program looks at the adress you’ve received an email from and displays social network data, job titles and locations in the sidebar of your browser. Rapportive has a lot more planned, but you’ll be amazed to see how much even this adds to your email experience. The one down side? It’s not very easy to correct the information Rapportive shows about you or other people.You may have already added Rapportive, though. Read on for more applications you probably haven’t begun using yet. How This Leverages Email as a PlatformEmail as identity indicator, plus that identity as hub for data aggregation, equals awesome. The Killer App: GreplinAlso first written about on TechCrunch today (grrrr….) is Greplin, an incredible cloud-based search service that indexes and adds to a universal personal search box the contents of your emails, calendar, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, BaseCamp, Evernote, Salesforce and more. It is, if it works as well as it says it does, a dream come true. Don’t remember which communication service a message came through? Greplin will solve that problem.Uber-geek Stephan Wolfram has a service he had built for him personally that allows him to search through 25 years of emails and 20 years of his clicks around the web, papers written and more. That sounds incredible. If Greplin indexed the full page text of every link I clicked on and the messages sent by all my friends on services like Twitter and Facebook, then organized search results in a way that was easy to use – I would totally pay for that. For now, I’m just waiting for my access to be granted to the basic service.How This Leverages Email as a PlatformSearch may not be the ultimate platform – recommendation probably is. This service reminds me of SystemOne, an incredible product that analyzes the semantics of text that you’re typing and recommends related content from your email, documents and selected RSS feeds. That product was probably ahead of its time, it’s not fully in the cloud and it’s not free.Greplin searches a whole lot for free, and if it can do this much at launch – it’s exciting to think about what it could do in the future. Recommendation would be my request, in a browser plug-in. Imagine typing out an email and getting a little notice somewhere that Grepplin has found some emails that are genuinely relevant to what you’re typing at the moment. That would be awesome. The sky’s the limit when you can quickly process huge stores of your own personal data, though.Greplin Demo from greplin on Vimeo.Why These Are Only the BeginningWe’ve been waiting for years for email to emerge as a platform. The key enabling factor that has now emerged is a secure way to grant temporary access to the contents of your email to trusted developers out in the larger ecosystem of people and companies who want to build these new services – all without ever giving them your precious email password.That’s what OAuth (the Open Authentication Standard) has enabled: it provides one standardized way for any email provider and any application developer to grant or request secure, temporary access to your personal information without giving away your password. OAuth lets your email provider, in this case, vouch for you to these other apps and give them your info, while never exposing your password.OAuth is an incredible platform enabler. Just yesterday Twitter began enforcing the requirement that its ecosystem of developers use it instead of ever asking for your account password. Gmail has OAuth for IMAP email access and Yahoo! is working with them to turn that, too, into a standard.Oauth has been in development for some time and in the Spring of 2009, the protocol had a close scrape with a big security vulnerability related to Twitter’s initial implementation. Fortunately, the technical community acted fast and fixed the problem before it blew up in the faces of OAuth’s advocates.The man who led those efforts to save OAuth from that problem was Eran Hammer-Lahav, at Yahoo! (“How the OAuth Security Battle Was Won, Open Web Style“)Hammer-Lahav took a step back from his key work on OAuth earlier this year – and can you guess what he’s working on now at Yahoo? Email as a platform.Hammer-Lahav is one of the smartest developer advocates in the consumer web business, and here’s how he explains the potential and the pitfalls of email as a platform:It’s pretty clear that email provides a huge potential for extensibility, given the wide range of ways people use it. The inbox is much more than just a place for incoming mail, it is the primary dashboard for many web users – it is how they manage their lives.So when looking at email as a platform, the opportunity of making it more useful and productive reaches most areas of online activities.So far the focus has been on taking social information to help better manage email overflow, but the platform has much more potential beyond that.We are constantly looking at how we can help Y! Mail users be more productive and connect to the people they really care about. For example, sharing photos is a big email experience – using email as a platform to make private photo sharing easier (as easy as sharing photos on Flickr or Facebook) is the tip of the iceberg.The tricky part, like any platform, is how to manage your developer community, and how to safely distribute applications. This is particularly tricky in mail which is the most critical and private part of your online identity (all password resents, most private communications, etc.)In addition, the lack of a standard way to extend email leads to a fragmented market – one which has yet to emerge as a profitable destination for third party developer.At Y!, we are constantly looking for ways to provide deeper access to our mail platform, both using APIs and as an application framework for extensions. It is also how we develop mail experiences internally, such as inline image and video views, image sharing, invites, and many other use-case specific applications.Personal data, securely shared, is an untapped gold mine for both literal business development and incredible new user experiences. The services highlighted here are exciting – but they’re just the beginning. marshall kirkpatrick Related Posts center_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market WiseStampWiseStamp is a browser plug-in that makes it easy to automatically add dynamic content to your email signature. TechCrunch just wrote about the service opening up to the public today.In five minutes, I set up WiseStamp to automatically add a link to the most recent article I’ve written here on ReadWriteWeb, the most recent post I’ve written on my personal blog , my most recent message from Twitter and my next published plan via my Plancast account.How This Leverages Email as a PlatformWiseStamp mashes up the communication platform of email with streams of our personal syndicated published content. This is a great example of how feeds of content can enrich our everyday lives. In this case, there’s nothing in our emails being analyzed, but email’s communication capabilities (and what really beats email for communication, still?) are built upon and added to by WiseStamp. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostinglast_img read more

first_imgJEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) – Missouri utility regulators have approved the acquisition of a large wind energy project by a Chicago firm.The decision Wednesday by the state Public Service Commission was a necessary step for Invenergy to buy the rights to construct the proposed Grain Belt Express power line.The project initiated by Houston-based Clean Line Energy Partners would carry Kansas wind energy on a 780-mile (1,255-kilometer) path across Missouri and Illinois before hooking into an electric grid in Indiana that serves eastern states.Missouri regulators earlier this year reversed their previous denials and gave the green light to the project. Missouri legislators then tried but failed to prohibit eminent domain for the project.But the project still needs regulatory approval in Illinois, where an appeals court last year overturned the state’s previous approval. Invenergy’s acquisition also needs approval in Kansas.last_img read more

first_imgRELATED VIDEO SEA Games: PH still winless in netball after loss to Thais The closest Blackwater got to Alaska was in the 2:09 mark of the fourth after Mac Belo and Michael Digregorio made two straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 81-80.And as if fate strummed its strings, Chris Banchero converted twice from the line to gave Alaska an 83-80 buffer with 1:49 left in the game.Banchero finished the game with a conference-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals while Vic Manuel also had 16 points for Alaska.Kevin Racal and Teng also finished in double digits for the Aces with 14 and 10 points, respectively.JP Erram led the Elite with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks while Digregorio and Belo paced Blackwater with 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games LATEST STORIES With the two teams trading blows in the final six minutes of the game, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng dealt the haymaker with 1:04 left in the game with a triple from the top of the key that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead.“I am very relieved,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Obviously it helped us that they missed a bunch of free throws, it seemed like in the second half they really missed a bunch and in a close game that matters.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingBlackwater mounted a 21-8 run across the third and fourth quarters that cut Alaska’s lead to two, 70-68, early in the final period.And although the Elite kept it close, they never tied nor took the lead as they missed seven free throws in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Aces to keep them at bay. View comments BeautyMNL open its first mall pop-up packed with freebies, discounts, and other exclusives ‘We cannot afford to fail’ as SEA Games host – Duterte Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESAlaska continued its upward trajectory in the PBA Philippine Cup after holding off Blackwater, 88-84, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After starting the conference at 0-2, the Aces have now strung together four straight wins for a 4-2 record while Elite slipped to their third straight loss for 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT Do we want to be champions or GROs? – Sotto Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to ‘personal emergency’ ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims PH military to look into China’s possible security threat to power gridlast_img read more