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Greensboro, North Carolina
March 23, 2010
From journal Disneyland and Disney World: Understanding and Enjoying Disney Theme Parks
Los Angeles, California
April 1, 2007
The Rainforest cafe is a wonderful place to eat; however it was one of those places where I would only eat once just to see it. My friend and I made reservations in advance, which I highly recommend. When we arrived the wait was over and hour, but we got seated in about 5 minutes. Much like Disney, the people who run the Rainforest know how to make a penny. When you enter you are told to follow the "footprints" that winds though a nice sized gift shop, before you pass under a fish tank and head up the stairs.
The atmosphere is amazing. The ceilings are covered with vines and had various oversized butterflies, snakes, and lizards hanging from them. In the dining area this theme continues with the walls covered in life size jungle plants. There are gorillas and elephants spread out in various areas throughout the restaurant. Alision and I were seated across from the giant fish tank. I was surprised to see how crowed the place was and how close the tables were to one another, but my surroundings distracted me from my closeness to the child in the table next to me who was playing with her Tinkerbelle doll and hotdog.
Our server was great. He took time to answer all of our questions and explain to us how all of the drinks were made. The actual menu was small consisting mainly of pasta, burgers, and such; however they do have a decent drink list.I ordered the planet earth pasta for $15 and a Mai Tai for $10 that can in a souvenir glass. The meal was amazingly good. It had two types of cheese in it and sausage. The drinks were also good. There wasn't enough alcohol in it to get but, but enough to slightly taste it.
Every 30 minutes there was a "show". This is when the lights begin to flicker like lightening and the animals begin to make noise and move. It's fun, but after a while it gets a bit annoying. Overall the experience was great; however the only problem that I could see was the people with cameras. If you are sitting next to an attraction (animals, fish tank...) don't expect to eat in peace. People are constantly running over to get pictures especially during the shows.
From journal War Tactics on How to Survive the Happiest Place
February 3, 2007
From journal Our Disneyland Trip
October 27, 2005
From journal Trip to Disneyland
August 10, 2005
The food is nice, but I feel that the prices are a bit high for what you get. To be a family affair, the kid’s menu was expensive, so we ordered what our daughter would eat to save on the cost and shared our meal with her since she isn't a large eater.
The service was nice and the restaurant was clean, but the prices of the menu are on the high side and hard to justify for what you get in portions. But, overall, the food was good and I would recommend it and probably return to another Rainforest Cafe.
From journal Summer Vacation in Southern California
by Kathi A E
May 30, 2005
You begin your adventure by leaving your name at the elephant podium. If you have any flexibility at all, I highly recommend eating here for lunch or before/after the high traffic dinner hours of 5:30 to 8pm; otherwise, you may wait up to 90 minutes for seating. Since we were visiting during the off-season for Disneyland, we had no trouble seating all eight members of our party immediately for dinner on the second floor. After passing through the HUGE tropical-fish tank arch, we were off to our own little grotto table with a fantastic view of the elephants.
To say they keep up with the Disney ability to create atmosphere could be an understatement. Like clockwork, the thunderstorms came through the restaurant every half-hour. The bar area has a wide variety of animal hiney stools. The various animatronic animals - snakes, elephants, gorillas, etc. - were a fun diversion while waiting for our food. With so much to look at, our only problem was getting the kids to look at the menu.
Since I have previously visited four other Rainforest Cafe locations (Seattle, Las Vegas, and the two at Disney World), I already knew I would be ordering the Rasta Pasta. Yum! The portions are GIGANTIC, so we planned our orders accordingly. Since we were headed back to the condo for the night, we all ordered our own meals so we could save half for the next day's lunch in our condo's dorm fridge. The salads are a full dinner in themselves, so my mom enjoyed the China Island Chicken Salad. The kids' menu featured the usual suspects – mac n’ cheese, hot dogs, burgers - with the addition of other fantastic choices, such as individual pizzas, popcorn shrimp, and fish n' chips. No one left hungry.
From journal Disney with Three Generations
March 31, 2005
From journal Weekend in Anaheim, CA
April 26, 2004
This is not part of the Disney park as it's a Downtown Disney store and part of the Rainforest chain throughout the USA. It fits in perfect with the Disney theme and it's animation. It's a huge two-story restaurant with both inside and outside seating. Inside you have large aquariums with lots of exotic fish and sharks. The ceiling is covered in vines and flora. You also have the gorilla and elephant animation that turns off and on during your meal at random times. I found it annoying, but the kids couldn't wait for them to turn on again. Every 20 minutes they have a fake rainstorm with lighting and thunder. I found the second time sitting by the aquarium much more relaxing.
The food is okay. We had lunch and breakfast. They salads and burgers are fresh and good and my salad was huge, so big you may want to split it with someone. For breakfast we had a wonderful breakfast pizza that had scrambled eggs and bacon on it, again large and you may consider sharing. We walked in both time and got seated right away; however, when we left, we learned the wait was about an hour at that point! We felt lucky.
They have a large gift shop and the staff does live bird shows outside. The staff was great. Both meals we had waitresses who were attentive and great with the kids. They kept the glasses filled up and checked back often to make sure everything was all right. I actually felt they were more into their jobs than most of the Disney employees we were running into at the park
The location is great and is a good pick for breakfast or lunch, especially with kids. It has a full bar and seems to be a popular meeting spot for friends and families.
From journal Disneyland over Spring Break
March 5, 2004
You really pay for the atmosphere in this place. The food is average. I suggest the Volcano for dessert if you are traveling with a group. I suggest calling ahead during busy lunch/dinner times of the day. If you go at an off time, you can get seated right away. The cafe does serve breakfast and has a children's menu. There is a bar downstairs so alcohol is served. The menu contains a wide variety of food, including specialty salads, seafood, steaks, burgers, pastas, and more. A lot of the dishes are livened up with a jungle theme, so be sure to read menu descriptions.
Of course, like every other attraction, there is a gift shop attached.
Location: the Rain Forest Cafe is located right next to the Downtown Disney monorail station, which is steps away from ESPN Zone and the Disneyland Hotel. If you are in Disneyland already, just take the Monorail from Tomorrowland to Rain Forest Cafe. If you are not going to Disneyland, you can park in the Downtown Disney parking area.
From journal Disneyland and beyond
June 20, 2003
I would recommend getting a Safari Club membership through their website -- it will cut your wait time from an hour to 20 minutes with the priority seating.
From journal disneyland family fun