Being afraid of bugs is not the only factor. Even without a particular fear of bugs (though I’m not exactly a bug-lover), the experience is simply way too intense to be enjoyable for me. There’s the visual effects (obviously) and the soundtrack (I can deal), but add in the smells and the sudden bursts of air in your face and the tactile elements . . . That’s at least 2 senses too many for me. I gave it a second try after several years had passed, thinking it couldn’t possibly be as bad as I remembered. It was.
And while many kids (and adults) love it and find it hilarious and just good fun, every time I find myself wandering the paths around the Tree of Life (where the show is housed), some poor traumatized child gets carried out the exit in the middle of the show. Every. Time. Without fail.
You won’t know how your child will fare unless you give it a try, but it’s a gamble for sure.