One of the biggest lessons that I have learned when trying to build an interactive, animated element is that while divs are visually transparent - they are not physically.  This means that if you have the following layers: #container #layer1 #link1 #image1 #layer2 even though layer2 is completely transparent - it still overlaps the link making the link un-clickable. I have been working on a two layer parallaxing effect; each layer has 3 images and 3 clickable items.  This is an example: http://www.jquery4u.com/demos/jquery4u-parallax-demo/  If you tried making the Frog clickable - the Butterfly div would block it. As a solution - I had to move all clickable elements to a third - top most layer and match up the animation per item. Definitely not the ideal scenario and a BIG lesson learned.   Edit