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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by eskimos View Post
    What about just having dessert at Rainforest Cafe one afternoon or evening? You'll get a chance to experience the atmosphere without spending a ton of money. You'd also get a chance to check out the menu and prices (plus other peoples plates), then you could decide if you'd like to go back for a full lunch or dinner.
    Pretty good idea; if you get the 'Volcano', there'll be some left even if there's a half-dozen people sharing it!

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    We always go the Rainforest at least once. It would be a long walk from the Harbor entrance, though. But, after eating, you can jump on the Monorail to get into Disneyland.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Last time we went and couldn't get into DL the evening we arrived we went shopping in Downtown Disney then had dinner at Whitewater Snacks in the Grand. It helped us feel like we were at the park a little. It was also nice to get some relaxing shopping in and not feel like we were wasting precious ride time.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    The wait isn't so long if you go early or late. Don't eat right at 12 noon or 6pm. Try 11am or 1:30pm for lunch or 5pm or 8pm for dinner. I don't think you need to worry about breakfast getting crowded.

    The food is nothing to brag about. It is what it is. The portions are big, but so are the prices. Best to share entrees.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Skip. It's over-priced, loud, and to me not part of the Disney experience while on vacation.
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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    I will agree with everyone. Food is ok, but not memorable. There's plenty of outside restaurants to discover in the area without the wait and ridiculous prices. Hopefully, you'll have transportation to venture out.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by StevenW View Post
    The food is nothing to brag about. It is what it is. The portions are big, but so are the prices. Best to share entrees.
    I very rarely order anything for myself, there's plenty left on the kids' plates for me......

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Food is not that amazing and over priced...the environment is fun but if you want nice area's to eat in the parks...try eating near the Rivers of America at Hungry Bear or near the pier at the Garden Grill

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Not to many people know this but Rainforest has a really great breakfast!

    Whenever we go on our trip to Disneyland, going to Rainforest Cafe is something we have to do one of the nights we are there. The food is pretty good, and yeah it may be on the pricey side, but the atmosphere is very fun.

    I'd say give it a try for yourself and decide whether or not you like it

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    eh if you are interested then you should go once and wait it out for indoors (where the forest is) just for the experience imo. the food is mediocre and it's so incredibly overpriced, but the decor is pretty neat. if you have the money to burn, then yeah do it once so you never have to wonder about it again.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    I hate the Rainforest Cafe (and I've been to three lousy locations!). The food is bland and grossly overpriced. I do, surprisingly, like the T-Rex Cafe in Florida, which you would think, being from the same chain gets their food from the same supplier and has the same chefs in the corporate office, would be just as terrible.
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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    i don't understand why sooo many people have such hate for rainforest cafe... i have had nothing but positive experiences there (and the one in vegas). i'd say if you DO have little kids, it's worth the trip... decent food (yes, mediocre, but you really are there for the ambiance. i'd go with something safe like burgers or nachos) and it's not that expensive... a bit more than the average middle-of-the-road place, i'd say. the one thing that does get annoying, is the waitstaff trying to sell you on their frequent-diner's card... you usually have to say no at least 3 times.
    but for the unique dining atmosphere, i would say go for it... it's usually our first stop the night before disney.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    My sister and I happen to love the Rainforest Cafe - but we've never waited more than like 20 minutes because of good timing....if you do decide to do it I would recommend doing a reservation or going earlier in the evening to avoid rush crowds


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    I have never had to wait more then 20-30 minutes either. Heck, most of the time we get immediately seated. Mostly because we go at a good time.

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    Re: Pre-park meal-Rainforest Cafe or not?

    Quote Originally Posted by Avaren View Post
    i don't understand why sooo many people have such hate for rainforest cafe... i have had nothing but positive experiences there (and the one in vegas). i'd say if you DO have little kids, it's worth the trip... decent food (yes, mediocre, but you really are there for the ambiance. i'd go with something safe like burgers or nachos) and it's not that expensive... a bit more than the average middle-of-the-road place, i'd say. the one thing that does get annoying, is the waitstaff trying to sell you on their frequent-diner's card... you usually have to say no at least 3 times.
    but for the unique dining atmosphere, i would say go for it... it's usually our first stop the night before disney.
    I think the price of the food and how "normal" it taste is the problem

    Mimi's Cafe is much better and costs less and is less then a mile from the resort so I'd rather eat there and get some good for because while the environment your at Disneyland were you can eat anytime in a place with a unique atmosphere

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