Updated: May 21, 2015
Review of the Rainforest Cafe Restaurant:With over 20 locations across the United States, the Rainforest Cafe is gradually becoming a restaurant that people are familiar with. I've been to 3 of their locations, most recently to the one in Orlando, Florida at the Downtown Disney Marketplace. I have also been to the one in San Francisco and in Anaheim (at Disneyland). If you travel abroad they have locations in London, Paris, Tokyo, Cairo, etc. They are very unique in that you eat your meal in a pseudo rainforest. The replica animals include things like elephants, birds, and monkeys. Throughout your meal you will hear bird calls, elephants "trumpeting" and apes making noises. It's actually quite fun if you are with kids since they can be loud and no one cares. Periodically you'll hear thunder and see lightning as if you are caught in a typical rainforest deluge of rain. It's no wonder these restaurants do so well in Disneyworld and Disneyland since parents enjoy the atmosphere and the kids love it. I've heard some parents say the noises and animals were so lifelike that their children were actually frightened. My son is 3 and he did just fine, just let your kids know that the animals move and there will be jungle sounds.
What I like about the Rainforest Cafe is that the menu has plenty of good food to choose from and the drink menu is nice to look at after a long day with the kids at one of the Disney amusement parks. Even if you are traveling in a major city like London or San Francisco, it's a nice change of pace for the kids in your family if they can eat dinner in a relaxed atmosphere like a Rainforest Cafe. The waiters cater to the youngsters with crayons and a small activity book with coloring, dot to dot pictures, and more. It gives the parents a chance to unwind and kids the chance to let loose a bit. I always find the restaurant to have good service and I enjoy all the sights and sounds that surround you. If you have never been to one of these places, then definitely put it on your map the next time you are near one of the locations, especially those near Disney theme parks. Get there early as the tables fill up around dinner time and waits can exceed 1 1/2 hours at times. There is a small bar area that you can sit in while waiting for your table or you can browse their conveniently located retail shop right in the main entrance area. Prices are not cheap, but it's not outrageously expensive either. If you can use a coupon or promotion to get a discount, then the Rainforest Cafe is just like dining at any other mid-priced family restaurant. Their website is located at Rainforestcafe.com and offers information on menus, locations, gift ideas, kids stuff, promotions, and the Safari Club.