by Brady Aymond
Ever wish you were Fred Flintstone, living back in the Stone Age days, capable of driving up to the Drive-In restaurant in Bedrock and ordering a rack of Brontosaurus Ribs? I know I have, and if you say you haven’t, you’re lying. Haha. Well, thanks to the fine folks at Landry’s, Inc., you get to somewhat experience what it was like for Fred, Barney, Betty and Wilma during those days with the T-Rex Café, a Prehistoric Family Adventure. Today, I’ll give my review of our dining experience at T-Rex Café in Dowtown Disney.
For a “dark” restaurant, I found it to be pretty inviting. The outside of the building is shaped to look like you’re entering a cave, and the darkness inside the building continues that theme. I think the one thing that detracted from the atmosphere, to me, was the gift shop immediately to your right as you walk to the check-in stand. I don’t necessarily mind a gift shop, but maybe keep it hidden if you’re trying to pull off the prehistoric theme.
Also, and this is nitpicking, but the servers attire could have been more age-authentic. They looked like your ordinary Chili’s or Applebee’s servers. Maybe some sabretooth tiger print shirts or something would have helped.
I liked the theme of the restaurant (outside of the gift shop). It’s divided into a few dining areas – an underwater area with an octopus spread out over the bar, the ultra-cool ice cave room, the meteor shower room and a back dining area that resembles a fern forest. I personally love the ice cave room with its cool blue surroundings, but we were seated in the meteor shower room, which seems to be the main dining area. I got up and checked out the other areas, and the forest area was pretty cool with audio-animatronics all over the room. We got a couple of really cool pictures inside that area.
The cool thing about the meteor shower room is that every 15-20 minutes, there’s a meteor shower. All the animals start to bellow and screech and a meteor shower is simulated on the ceiling and the walls. The bad thing about the meteor shower room is that every 15-20 minutes, there’s a meteor shower. When you sit down for an hour-long meal, the third meteor shower gets to be annoying.
I wish I could say our server was in character and made our experience an awesome one, but he was just meh. He seemed pretty uninterested in working. He did give us good recommendations, but seemed to rush through everything. The other thing that kind of irked me was when we asked if T-Rex accepted Tables in Wonderland, he tried to pitch the Landry’s, Inc. club card. Thankfully, T-Rex does have an annual pass discount (it’s also on the dining plan, FYI). As far as his “service” he was prompt with our food and refills. He just always seemed rushed, which I guess is probably needed in a restaurant that fills up fast.