The Lava Lounge at the Rainforest Cafe at Downtown Disney finally opened last month, and we had the chance to stop by over the 4th of July weekend. This is part of the massive renovation to the restaurant, which added an “erupting” volcano to the building.
To get to the lounge, you’ll pass through a “cave” located to the left of the main entrance of the Rainforest Cafe.
Inside the cave, there’s “lava” running down the walls.
Once you’ve made it out of the cave, you’ll see the lounge, which sits at the back of the main restaurant next to its outdoor dining area.
Here’s a shot of the bar from the other direction, continuing the lava theme of course.
The Lava Lounge occupies some prime real estate at Downtown Disney, a coveted waterfront spot which offers a view of the lake where you can watch the boats come in and out of the docks, and in the distance, the Characters in Flight balloon as it carries passengers high into the air.
A waterfront spot like this is usually a great place to enjoy a drink, but during the middle of an oppressively hot Orlando summer’s day, it would probably not be our first choice. There are fans, but when it’s that hot out, there’s really not much that can be done to cool down an outdoor space. We’d like to go back when it’s a little cooler out, or maybe during evening when temps have gone down and Downtown Disney is all lit up.
The menu at the Lava Lounge is fun. Literally. Filled with some kind of red oil mixture, you can’t help but play around with the thing. They obviously figured on the addictive nature of playing with the menu…so much so that they offer them for sale. Though at $20.00 each, we don’t plan on picking up one anytime soon.
First, the cocktails…
Then the themed appetizers. We know it wasn’t placed on here because of it, but as Adventurers Club fans, we couldn’t help but smile at the first one.
After a lunch time visit to Biergarten there was no way we could even think of ordering any appetizers on this visit. But there is always room for cocktails, and so we decided to give the “Ka-Blue-ee” a try. As you can see, it really looks like more of a “Ka-Green-ee.” It was a typical fruity concoction, and we’ll have more about it when it comes up in “Around the World in 80 Drinks” series.
Like the Rainforest Cafe, the Lava Lounge does not take Tables in Wonderland. Also, while Annual Passholders can save 10% on entrees, which you can order from the restaurant menu if you like, that won’t get you a discount on drinks either.