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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 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!
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!