Food Type: American – A great variety of burgers, sandwiches, seafood, steaks, and chicken.
Location: Marketplace near the former Cap’n Jack’s Marina.
Dining Plan: 1 Table service.
Cost: Appetizers: $7-$19. Entrée: $13-$26. Kids: $6 – $7. Lunch and Dinner Menu are the same.
Discounts: Does not accept Tables in Wonderland; 10% Annual Passholder; 10% Disney Vacation Club on entrees for DVC user and up to three guests. Check out Landry’s Select Club benefits here: https://www.landrysselect.com/SelectClubFeatures.aspx. The annual fee is $25, but it includes a $25 credit when you sign up in addition to priority seating, retail discounts, reward points, a $25 credit to use on your birthday month, and more.
Dinner (5pm – 11pm Sunday – Thursday and 12am on Friday – Saturday): https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/rainforest-cafe-downtown-disney/menus/dinner
Bar: In late 2013, Rainforest launched Lava Lounge, a large first-come, first-served bar area located to the left of the restaurant entrance. With plenty of seating overlooking the water, it’s insulated from much of the noise and commotion inside the restaurant and instead offers a more serene atmosphere. At least when the current construction noise isn’t taken into consideration. Guests interested in enjoying the typical Rainforest experience are better served with a reservation inside the restaurant and most guests interested in a classy dining experience are best served dining elsewhere. However, Lava Lounge does serve decent food and if waits are long at area restaurants, it may this or a 60+ minute wait elsewhere. The Lounge serves a dedicated menu, in addition to the regular menu: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/dining/downtown-disney/lava-lounge/menus/.
Setting: Decked out with trees, vegetation, waterfalls, and animatronic jungle animals that not only make sounds, but talk as well, Rainforest takes restaurant theming to a whole new level. The sky booms with thunder and lightning and live fish swim in aquarium sized tanks throughout the restaurant. Most kids love the atmosphere, but it can at times be dark and scary. Any child comfortable with It’s Tough To Be A Bug and DINOSAUR will be fine, but those apprehensive about dark attractions may have a more pleasant experience elsewhere.
- Theming eclipses even the best Disney has to offer.
- Fun, energetic atmosphere for kids and adults.
- Wraps and burgers are moderately priced and prepared well.
- Service is generally better than other Rainforest locations.
- You can enter through the gift shop and take a look around the restaurant without eating.
- Extremely noisy.
- Expensive for what equates to basically TGI Friday’s quality food.
- Young children may be frightened by the loud noises.
- Walk-up wait times are some of the longest on property. You want a reservation.
- Not much different than other locations.
Tips: If reservations are unavailable at DisneyWorld.com, call the restaurant directly at 407-827-8500. They only release part of their inventory for online booking. Nearby T-Rex is operated by the same company and there is only one other location in the world. Consider it for similar (albeit scarier) surroundings and a more unique overall experience. Animal Kingdom’s location is less busy and walk-up tables are almost always available. Theme park tickets are also unnecessary to eat there and it may take less time to get there via Disney transportation.
Value: Average. People will tell you the Rainforest Café is overpriced, but you’re paying for the animatronics as much as the food. Sure, it’s basically Applebee’s with robot animals, but most kids love it and most adults enjoy the fun as well. A half pound burger with bacon for $14 or so isn’t out of this world expensive, either. The quality of the ingredients on the more expensive specialty items doesn’t justify the high prices.
Reputation: This may be a great choice for those without a Rainforest nearby, especially with kids who best appreciate the surroundings. Rainforest’s food is generally average at best, especially once you start ordering specialty items like the paella or crab cakes. Stick to the burgers and wraps, both for cost effectiveness and meal quality.