Rasta Pasta with grilled chicken and walnut pesto; turkey wrap, coconut shrimp; slow-roasted pork ribs; brownie cake with ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce.
$13-$32 (child $7-$8)
Let us say up front that while we're not impressed by the Rainforest Cafes, a lot of our readers rave about them. The shopping experience must be the attraction, because it certainly isn't the food: preparations are spotty, and waits can be horrendous.
Setting and Atmosphere
There's usually a crowd at the Downtown Disney location of this of the national chain. It sits beneath a giant volcano that can be seen and heard erupting all over the Marketplace (the smoke coming from the volcano is nonpolluting, in accordance with the restaurant's conservation theme). Inside is a huge dining room designed to look like a jungle - imagine all the silk plants in the world tacked to the ceiling - complete with audioanimatronic elephants, bats, and monkeys (not the most realistic we've seen.) There's occasional thunder and even some rainfall. Large aquariums connected with glass "swimways" serve as one of several waiting areas.
The addition of the covered, outdoor Lava Lounge has made the Downtown Disney location a little more interesting and given guests the option for a relaxing drink away from the clamor inside.
Rasta Pasta with grilled chicken and walnut pesto, turkey wrap, coconut shrimp; slow-roasted pork ribs; brownie cake with ice cream, caramel and chocolate sauce.
After the wait you endure, a chair and some sustenance are all the entertainment you'll need. If you're willing to pay to avoid the long wait, stop by the day before and purchase a Safari Club membership for $15. By presenting your card on the day you want to dine, you'll be seated much faster (and get 10% off entrees).
Requires Credit Card to Reserve:
Requires Pre-payment in Full: No
|Type||Discount||Valid Weekdays||Valid Meals|
|WDW Passholder||10%||All||Lunch and Dinner|
|DVC Member||10%||All||Entrees for DVC member and up to 3 guests|
Disney Dining Plan
Requires 1 credit
|When to go||After lunch crunch, in late afternoon, and before dinner hour.|
|Breakfast Hours||Animal Kingdom: daily 8:30 a.m.-park closing.|
|Lunch Hours||Downtown Disney Marketplace: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight|
|Dinner Hours||Downtown Disney Marketplace: Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.-midnight|