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All You Need to Know About the T-Rex Cafe at Disney Springs

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If you have dino-loving little ones, you won’t want to miss the T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs. 

The T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs transports you back in time to when dinosaurs ruled the planet. And with giant dinosaur animatronics, four incredible themed areas, and a dinosaur gift shop with merchandise, I guarantee that this sit-down meal will be a highlight of your trip. 

All you need to know about the T-rex Cafe at Disney Springs

After visiting Disney more times than I can count, I’ve done my fair share of Disney meals, and T-Rex was definitely one of the best in terms of themeing. I also want to quickly point out that T-Rex is owned by the company Landrys. So you don’t need a Disney ticket to eat there. 

So, if you’re thinking about making a reservation at the T-Rex Cafe in Disney Springs, here is everything you need to know. Including what you can expect from the menu, the pros and cons of eating there, and the restaurant’s atmosphere.

What Is the T-Rex Cafe?

The T-Rex Cafe is a dinosaur-themed eatery in Disney Springs.

With its creative cuisine, discovery zones, and elaborate theming, you’re transported 200 million years into the past, where you’ll learn all about the dinosaurs and the landscapes that once dominated the Earth. 

Where Is the T-Rex Cafe Located?

The T-Rex Cafe is located in the Marketplace area of Disney Springs.

You can find the restaurant next to the LEGO Store. And with a giant dinosaur bone sculpture framing the front entrance, you really can’t miss it. 

T-rex cafe at Disney Springs

What Is the Atmosphere Like at the T-Rex Cafe?

The atmosphere inside the T-Rex Cafe is exactly as you’d expect: colourful, playful, and fun.

If you’ve ever been to Disney’s Rainforest Cafe, then you’ll know exactly what I’m talking about, as the theming really does teleport you into a different world. 

As you enter the restaurant, you’ll be taken into one of the four themed areas. However, if you don’t like the area you’ve been shown to, you can ask to sit elsewhere.

t rex cafe sea area

The first area is the Coral Reef, which is decorated with a giant moving octopus, jellyfish, and aquariums filled with fish.

Meter Shower at T-Rex disney springs has loud noises and flashing lights across the ceiling, Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida

The second area is the Fern Forest, which boasts dinosaur statues and even a Triceratops booth that you can sit in.

T-Rex Cafe’s third themed area is the Sequoia Room, which houses a giant T-Rex and has meteor showers at regular intervals throughout the day. How is that for a themed Orlando restaurant?

Ice Cave section at T-rex Disney Springs
Ice Cave section at T-rex Disney Springs

The final area is the Ice Cave, which has changing lights and ice-encompassed dinosaur skeletons.

T-Rex Cafe where the play zone is absolutely free. The free Paleo Zone at disney springs, Orlando
TRex Cafe dino dig Paleo Zone

But if all the theming wasn’t enough, the T-Rex Cafe actually has what they call a Paleo Zone. The Paleo Zone is essentially a giant sandpit where kids can dig up dinosaur bones and precious stones before sitting down for their meal.

If your little one struggles to wait for their food to arrive—don’t worry, I’ve been there—the Paleo Zone is the perfect distraction and a unique activity that really adds to the experience. 

What Kind of Food Is Served at the T-Rex Cafe?

The T-Rex Cafe serves American cuisine with various appetisers, soups, salads, burgers, pasta, and meat dishes to choose from.

T-Rex Menu

Here are some dishes in each category so you can get a brief idea of whether the T-Rex Cafe’s menu would be suitable for your family:

  • Appetisers: Nachos, mozzarella sticks, and flatbreads.
  • Soups and salads: French onion soup, Caesar salad, and grain bowls.
  • Burgers and sandwiches: Cheeseburgers, mushroom burgers, and lemon chicken sandwiches.
  • Seafood: Salmon, fried shrimp, and fish and chips.
  • Pastas: Mushroom ravioli, alfredo, chicken and sausage rigatoni.
  • Meats: Rotisserie chicken, meatloaf, spare ribs, steak, and fried chicken. 
  • Desserts: Keylime pie, cheesecake, and chocolate cake. 

You can also check out the full T-Rex Cafe menu here

T-rex disney springs Kids' menu
Chicken Quesadilla from the kids menu, T-rex Cafe, Disney Springs, Orlando, Florida

What Are the Prices Like at the T-Rex Cafe?

Although T-Rex Cafe isn’t in one of the four Disney parks, nor is it technically a Disney restaurant (it’s owned by the company, Landrys), you can still expect to pay similar prices to most table-service Disney restaurants.

I would say that the prices in T-Rex Cafe are mid-range. But you are paying for the experience, not just the food.

A burger, for example, is around $20. Pasta comes in at roughly $30, and meat dishes range from $25.99 to $43.99. 

Meal prices in America—and all over the world, for that matter—have risen. But comparing T-Rex Cafe’s prices to the prices at somewhere like Olive Garden, there isn’t a huge difference.

And again, you get the incredible theming and experience of eating at a Disney restaurant, something you don’t get at other eateries in Orlando. 

Does the T-Rex Cafe Have a Kids’ Menu?

Yes, the T-Rex Cafe does have a kids’ menu with familiar entrees, sides, and desserts for little ones to choose from.

Entrees on the kids’ menu include dishes like grilled chicken, mini burgers, chicken strips, corn dogs, pizza, pasta, and macaroni cheese.

Side options consist of applesauce, fresh fruit, steamed veggies, mashed potatoes, and yoghurt. And for dessert, your little one can enjoy a chocolate pudding or a chocolate chip ice cream sandwich. 

You can browse the full T-Rex Cafe kids’ menu here.

Does the T-Rex Cafe Offer Any Discounts?

There aren’t any discounts at T-Rex Cafe unless you’re a Disney annual pass holder.

Disney annual pass holders receive a 10% discount on regular-priced entrees at T-Rex Cafe. If you have a Landry’s card then you can accumulate points every time you eat at a eligible restaurant- which lead to $25 off your meal.

Landry’s also offer a discount voucher during your birthday month and often a free cupcake too.

How Can You Make a Reservation at the T-Rex Cafe?

The easiest way to make a reservation for T-Rex Cafe is to do so on the Walt Disney World website or the Walt Disney World app.

You can also call the restaurant at (407) 828-8739. However, if you don’t have calling credit, booking online or through the app will be your best bet. 

To book online, head to the Walt Disney World T-Rex website. From there, you’ll need to log into your Walt Disney World account.

Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to see the availability of the T-Rex Cafe. Then you can choose a time and date that best suits you. 

Alternatively, you can make a reservation through the Walt Disney World app by searching for T-Rex and clicking Reserve Dining.

If you can’t grab a reservation in advance, don’t despair! With a Landry’s card you can secure an on the day reservation at the T-Rex Cafe, with priority seating.

What Are Some Tips for Dining at the T-Rex Cafe?

Some tips for dining at the T-Rex Cafe are as follows

  • As T-Rex is in Disney Springs, you do not need a Disney park ticket to sit down and enjoy a meal. 
  • Like all other Disney restaurants, you can book a table at T-Rex 60 days in advance. You will find, however, that T-Rex doesn’t fill up as fast as other restaurant options. But it’s better to be safe than sorry and book as far in advance as possible. 
  • If you don’t have a reservation, you may be able to still get a table on the day. Either ask at the door whether they can fit you in or join the walk-up list on the Walt Disney World app. Alternatively, sign up for a Landry’s Card and secure priority in the list and preferred seating.
  • Make sure you take a look at all of the different sections in T-Rex Cafe, as the theming really is magnificent. 
  • If you’re looking for a quiet and relaxing sit-down meal, then T-Rex probably isn’t for you. 
  • Allow extra time for shopping as T-Rex has its very own dino-store where you can browse dino merchandise and even create your own dinosaur at Build-A-Dino by Build-A-Bear Workshop.

What Are Some of the Pros and Cons of Dining at the T-Rex Cafe?

After dining at the T-Rex cafe, here are some of the pros and cons that I’ve found which may sway your decision. 

Pros

  • The Paleo Zone is the perfect distraction for children who struggle to wait for their meals. 
  • The four themed zones really do transport you back in time to give you a feel for what life was like for the dinosaurs who roamed this Earth.
  • You can learn about the dinosaurs and their habitats thanks to informational plaques dotted around the restaurant.
  • Food options at T-Rex are familiar, so you should be able to find a dish to suit all palette preferences. 
  • You don’t need a Disney ticket to dine at T-Rex. So everyone can enjoy a themed dinner regardless of whether they’re actually visiting Disney
  • Food portions are fairly large, so you don’t feel like you’re overpaying.
  • As the restaurant is quite loud, kids can be kids, and you won’t be worried about disturbing other diners. 
  • To end the experience, your little one can make their very own Build-a-Bear dinosaur in the dino-store.

Cons

  • Dining at T-Rex won’t be the cheapest meal you eat in Orlando. However, the theming and experience, in general, do make up for it.
  • The restaurant is loud, which may not be suitable for children who struggle with loud noises and crowded places. 

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