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Topic: T-Rex Cafe

Wed 4/2/2008 6:50a
Can anyone tell me anything about the new T-Rex Cafe? I didn't know they were building one, we're taking our kids next Jan. and my son loves dinos. Does anyone know anything about the food, theming, etc. THANKS!
Wed 4/2/2008 8:43a
It's basically the same general idea as the Rainforest Cafe, but with dinosaurs instead of jungles. They're operated by the same company, and they've already opened on in Kansas City. Somebody here visited it a while back and posted pictures of what it looked like inside, but I don't know where that went. It looked like the theming and all was about on par with Rainforest, and I think if you have children who are even moderately interested in dinos (and what child isn't?), then it would be a pretty safe bet that they will enjoy it.
Fri 4/4/2008 5:04a
From what we've heard it's also going to be a more educational experience than Rainforest Cafe is with lots of interactive, educational stuff. It'll be opening at Downtown Disney between McDonalds and Raglin Road. I've seen some video of the one in Kansas City and from what we've been told this one will be more elaborate.

Fri 4/4/2008 5:12a
Here is a great video of the T-Rex Cafe in Kansas City, MO.
Fri 4/4/2008 2:31p
Hi there! I haven't been around much since '95...and even had to get a new name, but thought I'd pop in to add information.

Anyone looking for the T-Rex cafe should be looking in Bonner Springs, KS...not KCMO. Bonner Springs is about 20 minutes west of the city. It's where you'll find the Nascar track, The Great Wolf Lodge, a "romantic get-a-way" themed lodge (sorry I don't remember the name), a very cool theatre, Cabellas, and (best of all) Nebraska Furniture Mart.

I moved away from the KCMO area less than a year ago, so my info should still be correct as to what all is located there. Honestly, if anyone from the board decides to head to the midwest to see the T-Rex, I'd suggest you grab a hotel room there in Wyandotte County rather than going into Kansas City itself. The area is new, and, last time I was there, clean and safe.

If you go, try Comfort Inn and tell the manager, Steve Ranat, that his neighbor Beth from his days of living on 49th St. in Independence says hello!
Fri 4/4/2008 2:54p
I saw Phish in Bonner Springs.
Fri 4/4/2008 5:47p
It is said to open in Fall of 08 , I hope that will be by October at least. I would like to take my DS there just to see what's inside.
Fri 4/4/2008 7:09p
Actually the T-Rex is located in a shopping area called The Legends in KC,KS. I live about 25-30 min away and see it often but only ate there once so far and that was only so I could share with my friends on LP what the place was like. I was planning on waiting till my grandson was big enough to want to go.;)

<<Somebody here visited it a while back and posted pictures of what it looked like inside, but I don't know where that went.>>

That was me but the site where I had my pics closed so I will find another and try to post them again.

The manager @ KC said she was told the WDW site would be larger(no real surprise). It's a cute place especially for the Dino fanatics out there. My son would have been gaw-gaw for this place when he was little. He's 32 now so not so much.;)
Sat 4/5/2008 7:28a
I've been to T-Rex in KC a few times. My family and I really like Rainforest Cafe, but T-Rex is a disappointment. For some reason I am pretty down on this restaurant.

The theming is hodge-podge, whereas at Rainforest the whole thing is a 'Rainforest'. The menu is not as good, IMHO, as Rainforest. And having been to WDW a few times every year, the dinosaurs look, well, pretty lame.

IMHO it will be a while before we ever return to T-Rex. That's a much bigger problem for the KC site than for Disney. People will try it once, and if they decide not to return, that's OK, there's 10 years worth of tourists wanting to try something new.

In summary, is it worth checking out? Sure. But lucky for me, been there and done that, and can spend my short amount of time in WDW doing something else.....
Sat 4/5/2008 1:19p
If folks are looking for WDW AA then they will certainly be disappointed here. However I doubt anyone who has been to a RFC will be. The Dino's are exactly the same quality, etc as the figures in the RFC.

As far as theming it was pretty much just different elements of prehistoric stuff. One area was Ice Age, another Sea oriented, one was a sort of reinact of the meteors with volcano eruption,etc., and one was more of a lush tropical area.

As for the menu I found much of the same stuff as RFC with new dino type names. For me the only difference was the theming itself, the quality of the theming and food was the same IMHO.

As long as there are kids I don't think they will have an trouble. The RFC @ Oak Park Mall in Overland Park,KS is always busy when kids are out of school.

Anyway to each his own. I don't think they will have a problem filling it but do still question the location. I really think this was a no brainer for AK but of course no one asked me. ;)

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