Our first night in Orlando we had dinner reservations at Disney Springs’ Rainforest Cafe. It’s one of my mom’s favorite places because of the amazing atmosphere. We also all thought that my niece would love the animals coming to life during the simulated “thunderstorms” while we ate. We wanted to sit by the elephants since they are my mom’s favorite animal but we ended up sitting by the Gorillas instead (or the ‘Borillas’ as my niece calls them). I tried to correct her a few times but I quickly learned that you do not attempt to correct a 3-year old. It’s futile.
The Rainforest Cafe Atmosphere
The storm went off a few times while we were waiting to order and we could see / hear all of the animals go crazy. My Dad took my niece over to see the elephants during one of the “storms.” She giggled and laughed when they raised their trunks and trumpeted. It was so funny to watch her light up like that.
There’s nothing quite like a little kid at Disney World. It was the cutest thing ever to see her be so delighted over the animatronic creatures. This was such a great way to start off our trip.
This place is just amazing inside. You feel like you’re sitting under a giant rainforest canopy with tree branches, leaves, and moss everywhere. There are creatures all around with (fake) parrots flying overhead and butterflies on the trees. They even have giant tanks full of fish and other aquatic life. You can spend so much time just soaking that in. It’s definitely a must-see place if you’re in Disney Springs.
The Rainforest Cafe Menu
I ordered the Mongoose Mai Tai (because I’m on vacation so obviously…). Also, it just sounded downright irresistible. I also thought that because of the Cruzan Coconut Rum, Myer’s Original Dark Rum, and DeKuyper Creme de Almond that it would pair perfectly with the Coconut Shrimp I ordered for dinner. I was right. It was a pretty delightful pairing and dinner was delicious!
My husband was also happy to see that the Rainforest Cafe offered a vegetarian menu so he ordered the Rainforest Natural Burger and a beer. Actually, even within Disney World’s Magic Kingdom he was able to eat vegetarian. None of the veggie meals were featured but when I asked, “Do you have any vegetarian options?” they were always able to offer at least 3 alternatives. My niece has Dinosaur Nuggets and never once questioned why there were Dinosaurs in the Rainforest (although I was curious…).
The Rainforest Cafe Birthday
We hadn’t intended to have a dessert at the Rainforest Cafe because my sister had a Frozen-themed cake back at the hotel waiting but there were at least 4 other birthdays being celebrated and my niece started wondering where her birthday song and cake was at. Every time the Rainforest Cafe staff would start singing their Happy Birthday song she would look around thinking they were coming to see her.
The disappointed look on her face was too much to bear so my sister asked our server if he could bring out a little birthday cupcake for her. Most of the birthday’s received this huge chocolate volcano with a sparkler in it but none of us wanted dessert and that would have been far too much for her 3-year old belly to handle the night before we visited the Magic Kingdom.
When that magical confectionary treat known as the “Birthday Cupcake” finally arrived I thought my niece was going to lose her mind. We all sang Happy Birthday and clapped along with the staff. The look of sheer happiness brought us all to tears
…and I snagged this triumphant picture as she made sure that everyone around knew that it was her birthday and she was turning THREE.
Dinner at the Rainforest Cafe definitely started things off on the right foot and my niece adored her birthday celebration alongside the parrots, elephants, and “borillas.” We couldn’t have asked for a better time!
(Oh, and our dinner was only about $90! That was for two beers, two Mongoose Mai Tai’s, Coconut Shrimp, Rainforest Natural Burger, and the gratuity since they automatically include an 18% gratuity for the server. That’s not bad if you ask me.)