Venture into the jungle for a wild meal at Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs. This restaurant offers an immersive experience along with Amazon-themed dishes. As soon as you and your family step food inside the Disney Springs Rainforest Cafe, you’ll be surrounded by animated animals and tropical plants.
Sights and Sounds of Rainforest Cafe
As soon as you arrive at Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs, you’ll be amazed by a spectacular, smoldering volcano built into the outside of the building. Starting at dusk, it erupts in a stunning fireball show every 30 minutes.
Once you walk inside Rainforest Cafe, the sounds of the jungle will greet you, from singing birds to trumpeting elephants. It makes you feel like you’re in the middle of the rainforest, imitating sudden rainstorms and thunder. You’ll also see backdrops of waterfalls and trees throughout the restaurant and a starry sky on the ceiling above. You and your family will have fun exploring all the wildlife, and spotting your favorite animals.
Food at Rainforest Cafe
Rainforest Cafe offers lunch and dinner. The menu features classic American dishes, with fun names to fit the wild theme. You can expect to pay between $15 and $35 per dish. You’ll choose from popular appetizers that are perfect for sharing among your group and salads. For your entree, you have a selection of pasta, seafood, beef, pork, or chicken dishes, sandwiches, or burgers.
One of the most popular starters at Rainforest Cafe is the Awesome Appetizer Adventure. It’s a great option if you want to sample multiple appetizers, or just can’t decide on one. The platter serves four people. It includes the Chimi-Cha-Chas, which are crispy wontons filled with roasted chicken breast, sweet corn, black beans, roasted red peppers, and a four-cheese blend. You’ll also get spinach and artichoke dip with tortilla chips, cheese sticks, and chicken strips.
You can also select quesadillas with cajun chicken, beef lava nachos, flatbread pizzas, and more.
Many guests love the Taste of the Islands seafood dish at Rainforest Cafe. It features Caribbean coconut shrimp, dynamite scallops and shrimp, blackened tilapia topped with pineapple salsa, and seasonal vegetables.
The pasta dishes are also very popular. If you love spicy food, you’ll enjoy the Pastalaya dish, which is shrimp, sautéed chicken, andouille sausage, and bell peppers, served in a spicy Cajun sauce over linguini. The Rasta Pasta is also a popular choice, featuring sautéed chicken and vegetables over penne pasta, with your choice of pesto or Alfredo sauce.
You can also try the Creole Mac ‘N’ Cheese, a mouthwatering combination of penne pasta and cheese sauce, shrimp, andouille sausage, topped with chili butter bread crumbs.
Rainforest Cafe offers a separate section of the menu for people on a gluten-free diet, with items like the Anaconda Pasta. It has gluten-sensitive pasta, local garden vegetables, red pepper flakes, shaved parmesan cheese, and a white wine tomato sauce.
For meat lovers, the Primal Steak is always a hit, featuring an aged USDA choice center-cut New York strip steak, red-skinned mashed potatoes, and roasted vegetables. Or you can taste-test a bit of everything with the Ribs, Steak, and Shrimp Trio, including ribs with a smokin’ mojo BBQ sauce, sirloin steak, Caribbean coconut shrimp, coleslaw, and fries.
Lunch at Rainforest Cafe
If you’re grabbing lunch at Rainforest Cafe at Disney Springs, you have lighter options to choose from, like salads and sandwiches. The Blue Mountain Chicken Sandwich is one of the most popular items. It has grilled chicken, bacon, Swiss cheese, roasted red peppers, lettuce, and a zesty safari sauce.
You can also grab a burger, like the pulled pork burger complete with BBQ pulled pork and crispy fried onions.
Desserts at Rainforest Cafe
The desserts at Rainforest Cafe are just as spectacular as the atmosphere. The star is the Sparkling Volcano, a giant, rich chocolate brownie cake served warm with vanilla ice cream, creamy whipped topping, and caramel and chocolate sauces on top. You can also try cheesecake or key lime pie.
You can check out the Magic Mushroom Bar inside the Rainforest Cafe to indulge in some adult beverages. There are plenty of tropical cocktails to choose from, from the Rainbow Colada to the Cheetah Rita with fresh lime juice. Souvenir drinks come with a 21-ounce glass that you can take home.
You can also order non-alcoholic specialty drinks.
For Young Explorers
The Rainforest Cafe is a great place for children to explore. They’ll be delighted by the animatronic animals and jungle setting. They’ll also have plenty to eat from the kid-friendly menu, which has things like dinosaur-shaped chicken nuggets, char-grilled mini burgers,
Souvenirs at Rainforest Cafe
You can shop while you’re waiting for your reservation by stopping into the Rainforest Cafe Retail Village, which is attached to the restaurant. There, you can buy a variety of souvenirs, including Rainforest Cafe clothing and accessories, and plush animal toys.
Inside the gift shop, you can check out Tracy the Talking Tree, an animatronic that shares earth-friendly messages.
What to Know Before You Go
Because Rainforest Cafe is such a popular restaurant, Disney strongly encourages you to make a reservation before you go. You can do that on the Rainforest Cafe website.
Rainforest Cafe is located inside Disney Springs marketplace in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. You should park in either the Lemon Lot or the Lime Garage, which are the closest to the restaurant. Parking is free in these areas and all of the Disney Springs parking areas.
There is also another Rainforest Cafe at Animal Kingdom inside Disney World. However, to dine at that location, you’ll need park admission to Animal Kingdom, as well as a park reservation, and a restaurant reservation.