T-Rex: A Prehistoric Family Adventure, A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover opened it doors at Downtown Disney this afternoon at 4 p.m.
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T-Rex, developed by Schussler Creative and operated by Landry’s Restaurants, features dining and retail in a 30,000-square-foot, 600-seat family-friendly interactive prehistoric environment. The concept is built around water, fire and ice: Guests are greeted with life-size animatronic dinosaurs among cascading waterfalls, a fossil dig site, Build-A-Dino (by Build-A Bear) in the gift shop, and more.
Schussler Creative Chairman Steve Schussler, the founder of Rainforest Café and the T-Rex restaurant, depicts the experience as “edutainment,” noting that this “treat for all five senses” includes artifacts such as fossils – all carefully labeled – that are hundreds of millions of years old, carefully crafted animatronic dinosaurs, and even a meteorite found in Argentina. A full-size skeleton replica of Argentinosaurus, one of the largest of the dinosaurs and copied from a museum specimen about 125 feet in length, looms over the entrance, joined by a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton.
The theme carries over to the menu, which features items with names such as Caesarsaurus (Caesar salad), Raptor Ribs (Asian BBQ ribs), Pterodactyl Wings (Buffalo chicken wings), Triassic Tortellini (tri-colored cheese tortellini) and Gigantosaurus Burger (think really big hamburger).
For the full story on T-Rex, check out the upcoming Dec./Jan. 2009 issue of Orlando Attractions Magazine. In the meantime, visit our photo gallery for an inside look at the restaurant.