The Rainforest Cafe is the most delightful of theme restaurants. The chain, which has been expanding as of late, serves exciting food in an even more exciting atmosphere.
The restaurant looks unlike any other restaurant on earth. The walls and ceiling are covered with fake vines and plants. Diners are surrounded by animatronics animals. It's like Indiana Jones meets the Hall of Presidents (only with slightly less Abe.)
The mascot of the Rainforest Cafe is Cha-Cha, a big eyed frog. Cha-Cha looks a little like Kermit the frog only with volleyballs instead of ping pong balls.
When you enter the cafe you walk into a large gift shop. In the shop you can choose from hundreds of games, toys and house wares featuring Cha-Cha and the dozen or so other mascots they utilize. One of the products they have is a version of Monopoly called Rainforest-opoly.
Odd, I thought we WEREN'T supposed to build hotels in the Rainforest.
Before you enter the Rainforest Cafe you approach the hostess station. There you give your name and wait for them to call your party. When they do, they do it thusly:
Guy Hutchinson, safari of four, Guy Hutchinson safari of four.
SAFARI OF FOUR!
I was so excited I shot a man in a tiger costume and mounted him on the wall.
You enter the dining room through a large doorway that doubles as a fish tank. The kids LOVE it.
KID 1: Look its Nemo!
Kid 2: Wow! Look, there's Dory!
ME: Hey! It's the Incredible Mr. Limpet!
KID 2: You're a dork.
KID 1: Yeah, let's beat him up and take his Rainforest-opoly.
ME: Nooooo! Not my precious Rainforest-opoly.
The Volcano is a beautiful looking dessert shaped like a volcano. When it is delivered to the table, servers shout:
Originally when they opened they would shout:
Crappy Tommy Lee Jones movie!
But, that seemed too wordy.
Every fifteen minutes the animals erupt in a chaotic, animatronics frenzy. The fifty or so animals start jumping and screaming. They shake the trees and walls and make a lot of noise.
It's like having the Lakers win the NBA finals 4 times an hour!