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The Secret to Skipping Disney Dining Reservations That No One Talks About

Mickey Mouse in front of a picture of T-REX Restaurant
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You don’t have to be a kid to enjoy a Disney restaurant with fantastic theming! And we’re not talking Minnie and Mickey and friends here. Rainforest Café, T-REX, and Yak & Yeti are three of our favorite places to immerse ourselves in authentic, ultra-fun environments – and eat some delicious food simultaneously!

The Tree of Life at Disney's Animal Kingdom

The Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, Walt Disney World Resort / Credit: Disney

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If you and your family enjoy dining at these locations, you’ll be happy to learn how you can save a bit of time by skipping making those 60-day in advance dining reservation. Plus, you’ll be able to save money on your next Walt Disney World vacation.

Check out the restaurant run down and our secret to skipping the dining reservations below!

Rainforest Café

You’re probably familiar with Rainforest Café locations throughout the United States and Canada. The fully immersive rainforest décor has long been a hit with adventure seekers of all ages.

Rainforest Cafe

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But did you know you can visit this jungle hit in two different spots in Walt Disney World? Visit the Disney’s Animal Kingdom or Disney Springs to join a dining expedition today! You’ll be surrounded by lush “jungle” foliage, animatronic wildlife with sounds, and even periodic thunderstorms.

Check out the gorgeous sealife swimming by in the restaurants’ aquariums, and consider grabbing a souvenir from the gift shop to remind you of your adventure.

Blue Nile

Credit: Rainforest Cafe

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What to eat while you’re at Rainforest Cafe? We love starting our meal with the delightfully goey Cheese Sticks. The Caribbean Coconut Fried Shrimp has been a winner among our party in the past, and vegetarians love that there are several salads to choose from (check out the Kale & Red Quinoa Salad). The classic Root Beer Float is a great choice for dessert, or if you’re really hungry, opt for the Sparkling Volcano, a huge brownie perfect for 3-4.

T-REX

Think Rainforest Café: The Jurassic Park edition.

Disney Springs’ T-REX is full of fantastical fun that appeals to budding paleontologists, dinosaur lovers, and anyone who appreciates good theming! Step back in time millions of years to when dinosaurs roamed the earth and encounter many of them in their animatronic glory.

T-REX Restaurant

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When they get agitated, chances are one of the regularly occurring meteor showers is beginning!

You can sit it in different paleontologically themed areas (the color-changing glacier room is fantastic) and visit the fossil-adorned restrooms! There is a great prehistoric gift shop here, as well as an excavation pit for young ones.

Dinosaur fans clearly come here for the ambiance, but you’ll be happy to know that there are some excellent food choices here, too. The Mushroom Ravioli with Lobster Cream Sauce is a clear winner for adults, and kids adore the dino-shaped Jurassic Chicken Tidbits.

T-REX restaurant at Disney Springs

Credit: Disney Dining

Make sure you end your Mesozoic safari with the massive Chocolate Extinction – it’s a whole lot of chocolate cake, with Butterfinger bits on top of fudge and caramel sauce, ice cream, and whipped topping – enough to share with the family.

Yak & Yeti

Hands down, our favorite Disney’s Animal Kingdom restaurant, Yak & Yeti, extends the Asian theme of this park area with authentic dĂ©cor and artifacts from Southern Asia.

Even the colorful exterior and intricate carvings of the building will make you think you’re in a Himalayan village. This is one restaurant where you’ll hope your meal takes a while so you can wander around both floors and soak up the beautiful surroundings.

Yak & Yeti Restaurant exterior

Credit: Yak & Yeti Restaurant

And when your food comes, you won’t be disappointed!

The Firecracker Shrimp and Pork Pot Stickers are a great way to start off a meal. A mouth-watering entrée choice is the Korean BBQ ribs, and our favorite finish to a wonderful meal is the unbeatable Fried Wontons. We love these pineapple and cream cheese wonton skewers so much that we often treat them as a meal!

The Secret: Landry’s Select Club Card

There’s a card that will allow you to skip the dining reservation and accumulate points every time you eat at Rainforest Café, T-REX, or Yak & Yeti. It’s called Landry’s Select Club Card, and it’s simple to join and well worth it if you’re frequenting these locations (or the many other participating restaurants outside of Walt Disney World).

Landry's Select Club Logo

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So, how does it work? You pay a one-time membership of $25 (and you’ll simultaneously get a $25 reward for joining, after you register your account online).

Then, every time you spend a dollar at a participating restaurant, you’ll get one point. 250 points equals a $25 reward you can use the next time you dine. There’s also a birthday reward that’s added to your account the month of your birthday!

Priority Seating

There are many other benefits, too (discounts on merchandise and more!), but another favorite of ours is called “Priority Seating.” Get to your table faster with priority seating privilege with a party of 6 or fewer… even if you don’t have a dining reservation. That’s BIG for a restaurant on the crowded Disney property!

Yak and Yeti interior seating

Credit: Disney

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We love that we can earn points on Landry’s restaurants at home, and then save up rewards to use when we dine in Walt Disney World. (Who doesn’t love rewards?) So if Rainforest Café, T-REX, or Yak & Yeti are on your WDW list, now you’re in the know!

Check out all the details at Landry’s Select Club here.

Have you ever skipped the line with Landry’s priority seating? Let us know about your experience in the comments! 

About Jason Dick

Jason is a Disney addict. Walt Disney World trips are an annual occurrence that his partner has had to come to terms with. In between Disney trips, he spends his time running the theatre company he started in 2007. As Artistic Director, he picks musicals to bring to his hometown of Hamilton, Ontario Canada that have never been produced in the area. Traveling is definitely a passion and in addition to his trips to the happiest place on earth, he and his partner also travel the world, most recently to India and Nepal. A carnivore by nature, Jason loves the incredible amount of steakhouses Walt Disney World has to offer - they are always at the top of his list for each and every visit.

One comment

  1. Yak & Yeti offers food through Door Dash but reservations are unavailable through the club. Wanted to book through Disney but unavailable so tried joining the club to see if I could get one that way and no go!

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