Back where I’m from, it doesn’t rain. Here in Orlando? When it rains, it pours. So what better place to wait out a rainy night than the Rainforest Café? At least, that was our initial thought on the place. The layout at the front of this restaurant in Downtown Disney is an absolute mess. Guests were wandering around, confused, from desk to desk. We had made reservations, but still had to wait twenty minutes to get in. The couple ahead of us had accidentally made reservations at the Anaheim Rainforest Café, apparently a frequent problem, and were chided by waitstaff who reluctantly agreed to get them a table ‘within the hour.’
And, pardon the pun, it was a zoo inside the restaurant. Not only was it jam-packed, the grunting gorillas and howling monkeys made it hard to converse at all.
“Sorry,” one waiter told me as I answered a quick phone call from my family, “No cell phones allowed in here. It throws the atmosphere and everything off.”
Skeptical, we placed our orders (very highly priced for what they were) and waited to be disappointed.
Luckily, the food was delicious. A little overpriced, perhaps, but it was satisfying and well seasoned, although my plate distinctly lacked anything of color. (I ordered the Barbeque Chicken Wrap). Our waiter was cheerful and very attentive. In fact, had it not been for the waiter, the experience would have been a bust. He asked questions, paid attention and wished us well in our culinary endeavors.
It was also entertaining to view the erupting volcano that serves as the exterior of the Rainforest Café. The fireballs emit heat that can be felt from the sidewalk below.
All in all, not our best Downtown Disney dining experience, but certainly a memorable one!