T-REX Dino-Store

Downtown Disney is a great place for shopping and dining with the whole family. But you may not know there are some hidden learning opportunities here, too!

If there are dinosaur enthusiasts in your group, you may want to check out T-REX. This restaurant and gift shop is owned by the same parent company as Rainforest Café. You’ll probably notice similarities in the menu and the immersive quality of the theming. Dinosaurs spring to life periodically, a giant aquarium houses tons of fish, and the “sky” glows with stars and meteors.

But for an educational experience, head to the Dino-Store. A section called the Paleo-Zone features touchscreens (at convenient kid heights) with interactive games and trivia that teach about fossils and different species of dinosaurs. It can be very hard to hear the audio at these screens, especially when the store and restaurant are busy. But there is on-screen text that will help out for older kids who are reading.

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The store also sells geodes that can be split open right there, revealing colorful crystals. And you can find a giant geode built right into the wall near the entrance to the store. You can also purchase bags of sand to take outside to the working sluice and pan for gems or minerals. Books and educational toys round out the learning offerings at the Dino-Store. It’s a fun stop for dinosaur lovers and those interested in geology or earth science.

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FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.E.6.1, SC.1.E.6.3, SC.2.E.6.1, SC.4.E.6.1, SC.4.E.6.2, SC.5.E.5.3, SC.7.L.15.1

Wilderness Lodge Lobby

Whether you’re staying at or just visiting Disney’s Wilderness Lodge, there’s plenty to learn while you’re there.
This resort is themed around our great National Park lodges and the Pacific Northwest. As you look around, you’ll spot nods to the wildlife, Native American influences, and natural wonders of the area.

A centerpiece of the lobby is the 80 ft tall fireplace that replicates the geologic makeup of the Grand Canyon. On each floor of the resort, you will find a case that shows examples of the rocks, fossils, and minerals that are found in each canyon layer, on level with the layers in the fireplace.

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From the balconies in the lobby, little ones can have fun spotting the different animals carved into the towering beams or painted on the giant totem poles. And if you’re wandering outside, challenge the kids to look for buffalo tracks in the sidewalks.

 

FL Sunshine State Science Standards:
SC.1.E.6.1, SC.2.E.6.1, SC.3.G.2.5, SC.4.E.6.2, SC.6.E.6.1, SC.7.E.6.4