In the summer of 2013 the Rainforest Café remodeled its neighboring “Lava Lounge” by adding a huge volcano that erupts on the half hour with smoke and huge fire effects.

The main Rainforest Café shop and dining room seem to be unchanged.  They are still as fun, noisy, and active as ever.

The Lava Lounge is family friendly, and a bit quieter than the main restaurant.  It even has a nice view of the water. Seating is outdoors, so you won’t get a refreshing dose of air conditioning, but the atmosphere is quieter, and doesn’t have the loud animal noises and fake thunderstorms that might bother some younger kids. Another bonus about the Lounge: the wait is often shorter than the main Café dining room, which very frequently has a long waiting list. (The main restaurant place is very busy, but I also have to wonder if the wait time is a bit forced as a convenient way to make you hang out in the gift shop so that you will buy something there!)

The food that the Rainforest Cafe serves includes big portions – both in the main dining room at in the Lounge. There are healthy items like salads, but overall the menu is heavy on fried items and meat. You won’t go away hungry, especially if you order the signature “Volcano” desert which, these days, is about $16, and includes enough ice cream, brownies, and sauce toppings to serve three or more hungry adventurers.

Let’s take a look around:

The Rainforest Cafe is easy to spot - just look for the erupting volcano.

The Rainforest Cafe is easy to spot – just look for the erupting volcano.

There are plenty of animatronic animals around the restaurant.

There are plenty of animatronic animals around the restaurant.

Inside the shop, the Cafe's mascot, a frog, is a popular photospot.

Inside the shop, the Cafe’s mascot, a frog, is a popular photospot.

The shop has plenty of plush toys...

The shop has plenty of plush toys…

...and a large selection of souvenir clothing.

…and a large selection of souvenir clothing.

The food is served with generous portions; for example, this appetizer.

The food is served with generous portions; for example, this appetizer.


Video of the Rainforest Cafe.

What do you think of the Rainforest Cafe in Disney Springs?