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RES­TAU­RAN­TOSAURUS

WDW Magazine - - Contents - BY DANNY SHUS­TER

If you and your fam­ily love di­nosaurs, then you’ll def­i­nitely “dig” the ex­pe­ri­ence at Res­tau­ran­tosaurus! Grab your pa­le­on­tol­ogy hats and ex­ca­vate your ap­petites for a su­per fun and kitschy trip to this dino-tas­tic eatery.

ABOUT THE RESTAU­RANT

Res­tau­ran­tosaurus is a Quick Ser­vice eatery at Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­dom, lo­cated in Di­noland U.S.A. The restau­rant is lit­er­ally burst­ing at the seams with fun decor, great them­ing, and lots of good eats. The story be­hind the restau­rant is a lit­tle con­vo­luted and draws on ideas that were part of the orig­i­nal con­cept for Di­noland. You can read more about the Di­noland that never was in the “Tech­nol­ogy” is­sue of the WDW mag­a­zine from Fe­bru­ary 2017.

If you look closely at the decor and ob­jects through­out the restau­rant, you’ll see that the spot is ac­tu­ally home to a group of grad­u­ate stu­dents/pa­le­on­tol­o­gists work­ing on a di­nosaur fos­sil ex­pe­di­tion. As you ex­plore the restau­rant, you’ll find notes and fos­sils from their aca­demic work, as well as ev­i­dence of their every­day lives, in­clud­ing how they liked to kick back and re­lax (bas­ket­ball for ex­am­ple, and punny tunes on the juke­box). Par­ents will also en­joy some the sub­tle jokes and puns tucked around the restau­rant.

There is am­ple seat­ing at this Quick Ser­vice spot and the in­door ar­eas are di­vided/themed

into dif­fer­ent rooms that re­flect the life and ac­tiv­i­ties of our pa­le­on­tol­o­gists. There is also a su­per cool airstream trailer at­tached to the build­ing. This is a re­ally neat cor­ner of the restau­rant with nice booths and bit more pri­vacy if you can snag a ta­ble, but it is also one of the more pop­u­lar spots to grab a seat.

KNOW BE­FORE YOU GO

Res­tau­ran­tosaurus is one of a grow­ing num­ber of Quick Ser­vice eater­ies at WDW to ac­cept the new Mo­bile Or­der and Pay sys­tem; which is a great way to help beat the lines. For those who don’t know, Mo­bile Or­der and Pay lets you use the My Dis­ney Ex­pe­ri­ence app on your smart­phone to pre-or­der your meals. When you get to the restau­rant, you use the app to let the staff know that your party has ar­rived and then walk over to the des­ig­nated Mo­bile Or­der pickup counter and col­lect your meal. Take ad­van­tage of this sys­tem if you can; it re­ally helps max­i­mize your time in the parks. Res­tau­ran­tosaurus is also open later into the evening than most other eater­ies in An­i­mal King­dom, which is ideal if you need to fuel up af­ter Rivers of Light. Res­tau­ran­tosaurus ac­cepts some Dis­ney Din­ing Plans.

THE FOOD

The menu is pretty straight­for­ward for a QSR but that doesn’t mean it won’t hit the spot. There’s the usual se­lec­tion of Mickey Check and kids meal op­tions, as well as some lighter fare like the Roasted Chicken Salad (ice­berg and Spring Mix Let­tuce topped with Toma­toes, Cu­cum­bers, Hard-boiled Egg, and Roasted Chicken tossed with Ranch Dress­ing), tasty vegetarian op­tions in­clud­ing the Vegetarian Black Bean Burger (Spicy South­west­ern-fla­vored Patty on a Toasted Bun with Ched­dar and House-made Av­o­cado Spread served with South­west Salad and French Fries), plus your stan­dard burg­ers, chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and fries.

What re­ally sets the food apart at Res­tau­ran­tosaurus is the deluxe top­pings bar. While there are other QSR at WDW with a top­pings bar (think Cos­mic Ray’s or Pecos Bill’s) they fall short of the va­ri­ety and qual­ity of­fered here. This top­pings bar is so much more than ketchup and mus­tard and pickles (al­though they do have all of those op­tions too). This deluxe bar of­fers tasty top­pings like gua­camole, blue cheese crum­ble, olive tape­nade, spicy pep­pers, sauteed mush­rooms, sauteed onions, sauteed pep­pers, vegetarian chili, and more! There is more than enough go­ing on here to turn an or­di­nary burger into an ex­tra­or­di­nary burger or your side of fries into loaded fries or fancy up your salad and re­ally make a meal out of it.

I have seen and heard other guests com­plain that Res­tau­ran­tosaurus lacks a truly unique or sig­na­ture item but I think the point here is that you get to make the meal your own with so many tasty and unique top­pings. FYI, grab a lit­tle bit of gua­camole for your chicken nuggets, and fancy up your cheese­burger with some of the blue cheese and maybe add some vegetarian chili to your fries... You can re­ally mix and match here to cre­ate a dish that’s sure to please.

In ad­di­tion to the top­pings bar, Res­tau­ran­tosaurus also sets it­self apart from other Quick

Ser­vice lo­ca­tions by of­fer­ing a lim­ited al­co­hol se­lec­tion. Check out the sig­na­ture mixed cock­tail, Cre­ta­ceous Cooler (a re­fresh­ing blend of Par­rot Bay Co­conut Rum, Mi­dori, and Pineap­ple Juice), an elec­tric yel­low drink that, while a bit on the sweet side, is both de­li­cious and po­tent. You can also grab a Sa­fari Am­ber (Red Lager with toasted notes of Caramel, Malt and Hops), one of the ex­clu­sive African beers avail­able at An­i­mal King­dom. In terms of non-al­co­holic bev­er­ages, there is your usual as­sort­ment of foun­tain soft drinks and juice and milk, but Res­tau­ran­tosaurus does also have Gold Peak Ice Tea, which is great for a bit of va­ri­ety or any­one who doesn’t like reg­u­lar soda.

If you have any room left­over for dessert, the Warm Choco­late Tur­tle Brownie is a choco­lately, caramel, nutty de­light that will def­i­nitely sat­isfy your sweet tooth!

ET CETERA

Tons of seat­ing both in­doors and out­side Great decor, su­per fun and kitschy Beat the lines with mo­bile or­der and pay Deluxe top­pings bar is sure to please Open late for guests en­joy­ing new night­time of­fer­ings at An­i­mal King­dom

Grab and you ap­petite and get ready to DIG into some pre-his­toric treats at Res­tau­ran­tosaurus, Dis­ney’s An­i­mal King­doms’ pre­miere dino-themed eatery!

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