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Take A Walk On the Wild Side at Rainforest Café

If you are ready to take a walk on the¬†wild side,¬†this Disney dining article is for you.¬†The¬†Rainforest Caf√©¬†slogan is known as a “wild place to shop and eat” and it could not be truer. Dining at¬†Rainforest Caf√©¬†is such a fun dining experience. Lucky for¬†Disney World¬†Guests,¬†Rainforest Caf√©¬†is actually located in two¬†Walt¬†Disney World locations — one at Animal Kingdom and one at Disney Springs.

Whether you are snagging lunch during a day in the theme park¬†or dinner after a day of shopping at Disney Springs Marketplace, this fun eatery is the place to be. Let’s¬†take a walk on the¬†wild side¬†at¬†Rainforest Caf√©!

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When you arrive at this Rainforest Café at Walt Disney World Resort, take some time to browse the shop filled with branded merchandise and tropical-themed plush, clothing home decor, and more. Shop while you wait for your table, or browse the expansive menu while you wait.

Speaking of the¬†menu — let’s jump in!

First things first — expect your meal at this¬†restaurant¬†to be a real experience. After all, the¬†restaurant¬†is filled with¬†animatronic animals¬†like elephants,¬†chest-pounding gorillas, monkeys, and giraffes to name just a few. That’s saying nothing of the larger-than-life¬†tropical vegetation, jungle foliage, butterflies, and flowers you’ll see trailing the walls and ceiling of this¬†restaurant.

The only real¬†wildlife in this restaurant is the fish. You’ll walk to your table under and past large saltwater fish tanks filled with beautiful, brightly colored fish. This immersive dining experience transports Guests into the rainforest, even darkening the lights and illuminating the sky with crashes of lighting and¬†thunderclaps¬†every half hour. After all, a rainforest is going to have rain.¬†

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Did you know you can have breakfast at this fun¬†restaurant? If you are dining at the¬†Animal Kingdom location, you can snag a dining reservation for breakfast. With¬†menu options like Ozzie’s Omelette, Breakfast Sliders, and Wild Waffles, you can enjoy any of your breakfast favorites with a jungle twist. Believe it or not, you can even enjoy Tonga Toast at Rainforest¬†Caf√©.¬†

You may know this famous breakfast food from its home at Polynesian Village Resort. Tonga Toast is $14.99 and is a Cinnamon French Toast with maple syrup, strawberries, and bananas. Served with a choice of bacon or sausage, this menu item, is one of my favorites. Breakfast is served 8:30-10:25 AM each morning. Starting your day with a fun table service dining experience at Rainforest Café in Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme Park is a great idea.

Awesome Appetizer Adventure

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If you are ready for lunch, you can enjoy the same menu items at the Animal Kingdom and Disney Springs locations. You can start off with a Jungle Safari Soup or a Chicken or Shrimp Caesar Salad, then move on to appetizers. The appetizer menu has staples like the Mozzarella Flatbread with Arugula ($15.99), Spinach & Artichoke Dip ($13.49), and Chicken Quesadillas ($15.99). The Beef Lava Nachos for Two is a yummy shareable eat that comes in at $20.99. A nacho tower is topped with peppers, onions, black beans, melty Monterey Jack cheese, cheddar cheese, crunchy green onions, silky sour cream, pico de Gallo, and salsa is hard to beat. 

If you are traveling with several buddies that want to split an appetizer, you are in for a treat if you order the Awesome Appetizer Adventure. This appetizer sampler comes in at $23.99 and has menu highlights like Chimi-Cha-Chas, Spinach & Artichoke sip, Cheese Sticks, and Chicken Strips. If you want to amp up this item even more, you can add a side of St. Louis-style Pork Spareribs for $10.99.

Primal Steak

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When it comes to narrowing down the main course, I recommend you consider an option on the Seafood¬†Menu —¬†the Taste of the Islands for $32.99. This sampler includes items like their famous¬†Caribbean Coconut Shrimp, dynamite scallops and shrimp, and blackened tilapia topped with pineapple salsa and served with seasonal vegetables.

Craving a juicy burger? We got you. Try the Beastly Burger piled with two burger patties, American Cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion, and pickle on the side. Served with a side of Safari fries, this massive burger is sure to hit the spot. You can even add on extra toppings like bacon, sautéed Mushrooms, or guacamole for a $3 upcharge.

When it comes to¬†pasta,¬†I’m partial to the Creole Mac &¬†Cheese¬†and Rasta¬†Pasta. If you are looking for a meaty main course, you should try the Ribs,¬†Steak¬†&¬†Shrimp Trio¬†for $38.99. This really is a lot of food with a portion piled high with Mojo Bone Ribs, sirloin¬†steak,¬†Caribbean Coconut Shrimp, coleslaw, and a side of Safari fries. Other main course honorable mentions are the Jungle¬†Steak¬†and Shrimp ($36.99) and the Korean Spicy Stir-Fry¬†Chicken¬†($25.99).

Sparkling Volcano

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If you’ve saved room for dessert, you will not be sorry! The tribal cheesecake and key lime pie are delicious, but the 4-person dessert Sparkling Volcano is the best-known dessert at Rainforest Café. This shareable dessert is $20.99 and consists of a rich chocolate brownie caked stacked up high, served warm with decadent vanilla ice cream, creamy whipped topping, melty caramel, and silky chocolate sauces.

Blue Nile

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If you want a libation from the Lava Lounge Bar that adjoins this restaurant, you have plenty to choose from. You can absolutely snag a drink here while you wait for your seating time at Rainforest Café, or you can order from the bar after you are seated. Popular drinks are the Mongoose Mai Tai, Cheetah Rita, and the Panama Punch. There are plenty of cocktails to choose from along with an expansive menu of beer, wine, and alcohol-free drinks. 

If you are vacationing with a¬†wild bunch that is always ready for a new adventure — you should check out Rainforest Caf√©¬†for a meal on your trip. Your adventure is about to begin!

About Katie Chapman

Hey There! I am a Georgia native with a passion for writing, traveling, cooking, decorating, pugs and of course all things Disney. Growing up in South Georgia just a few hours from Walt Disney World made for a magical childhood. Some of my best memories were made on Main Street U.S.A. with my sister watching SpectroMagic nighttime parade or beside my grandparents, parents and extended family at Chef Mickey’s celebrating on a family vacation. Epcot was my favorite park from a young age and I credit it with my interest in and love for international travel. As a kid I loved meeting characters and watching films around World Showcase and could spend hours exploring each of the countries in Epcot. These days, my husband and I get away to explore a new country whenever we can and even incorporate trips to The Disney Store and Disney Parks around the world in our travels. One of our travel goals is to visit every Disney Park in the world. I love writing about Disney restaurants, park tips, Disney outfit inspiration and Disney history. Pocahontas is my favorite Disney Princess (90s kid here!) but Mr. Toad is my spirit animal. When I’m not at Disney I’m reading about park history, watching Disney documentaries and shopping vintage Disney merch for park outfits. I never pass up a reservation to Ohana, an empty seat on Living with the Land or a Violet Sake.