Landry's Restaurants, Inc., one of the nation's largest dining, entertainment and hospitality companies, announced that T-REX(TM): A Prehistoric Family Adventure(TM), A Place to Eat, Shop, Explore and Discover(TM) is slated to open on Tuesday, October 14 at Downtown Disney(R) in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Landry's Restaurants, in collaboration with Schussler Creative, developed the amazing concept for this new dining experience. T-REX Cafe features dining and retail in an interactive prehistoric environment. The concept is built around water, fire and ice. Guests visiting T-REX are greeted with life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, bubbling geysers, a fossil dig site and much more, taking them back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the earth.
"T-REX will attract visitors of all ages with its mix of delicious food and unique entertainment," said Tilman Fertitta, president, chairman and CEO of Landry's. "Downtown Disney is the perfect location for this innovative concept."
"T-REX is the perfect place to uncover never-before-known dinosaur facts and let your imagination roam wild," said Steve Schussler.
T-REX is not just a place to visit — it is a place to explore. Would-be paleontologists can practice their skills in the Discovery Dig Site, a large excavation pit with replicas of fossil bones waiting to be uncovered. The Geode Splitter breaks up geodes to display hidden minerals. Pan for precious stones, gems and fossils within Discovery Creek "sluice." Plus, guests will be able to expand their knowledge of the dinosaur era and play one of several family-friendly games on the interactive Paleo Screens.
"Landry's and Schussler Creative have a proven history of creating entertaining dining concepts and we are thrilled to work with them again," said Kevin Lansberry, vice president of Downtown Disney. "T-REX is right in line with our vision to provide exciting and one-of-a-kind experiences for guests of all ages."
T-REX greets visitors with a skeletal version of a 125-foot long replica of an Argentinasaurus and an animatronic Tyrannosaurus. Also upon entering T-REX, guests will be greeted by a giant animatronic octopus sitting on top of the Shark Bar, motioning guests in for a specialty drink and a view of a 5,000-gallon shark tank. Lava rock, greenery and lighting effects combine to transport visitors into a time long ago.
The 30,000 sq. ft. restaurant seats 600 guests and is divided into several separate, distinctive dining rooms, each with its own theme and animatronic dinosaurs. Exciting areas include the Ice Cave, Fern Forest, Coral Reef Dining Room, Sequoia Room and Geo-Tech Room. Also an amazing meteor shower travels across the dining room ceiling every 20 minutes.
But, while the decor may be prehistoric, the food facilities are cutting-edge. The Kitchen of Fire offers an open kitchen with a giant rotisserie that allows visitors to see meals being prepared. Dishes including Triassic Tortellini, the Bronto Burger and the one-of-a-kind Boneyard Buffet will keep both carnivores and herbivores extremely happy. Guests can also visit the Dino-Store for exciting dinosaur-related apparel and gifts.
Young dinosaur fans will especially enjoy the chance to take home their own personal dinosaur at Build-A-Dino(TM), Where Best Friendosaurs Are Made(TM) store in T-REX.
The only other T-REX location opened in 2006 in The Legends at Village West in Kansas City, Kansas.