I had planned a specific post for today’s T.rex Tuesday, but fate had other plans. You see, we’re on the road again for Mrs. TrRT’s “Bonus Day”, the family celebration of the annual passing of the date when she was given one year to live. This is year four. And this year, we’re in Orlando, FL making my first trip to Disney. And Animal Kingdom, with its dinosaur features and Sue skeleton cast, are on the list of things to see and do. But I had no idea that a casual stroll this evening for dinner would yield a Tyrannosaurus skeleton (of sorts) in the most unexpected of places. Even though the name was right in front of me.
The T-Rex Cafe may not be scientifically correct in its spelling, but it doesn’t pass on the opportunity to impress. We’d already finished a nice meal at the Boathouse nearby, and were strolling back to the car. But a meal may be in the works before we leave. But I couldn’t miss the entrance as we walked by. A skeleton cast of unknown origin and accuracy guards the entrance, with a massive sauropod reared up behind him, over the door. I read online that the place also has animatronic dinosaurs inside, and an aquarium.
I have no idea if the T.rex presented here is completely accurate (we made a quick walk-by) or if it represents a cast of a specific actual specimen. But it reminds me a lot of the cast of Black Beauty that is at the California Academy of Sciences in San Francisco. More investigation is warranted, sometime during daylight hours if possible.
Either way, even if it’s just kitsch, it’s enjoyable kitsch. And it was an unexpected bonus on our first day at Disney. More to come, without a doubt. This is kind of a last hurrah trip for us, or so it would seem. With the World HQ relocation and change in the day job, we aren’t traveling for work nearly as much. And with this trip, the backlog of points is officially spent, the hotel benefits have been exhausted, and we’re having to plan ahead for all of our travels. On the flip side, when we do get out, it’s more vacation and less work, so that’s a good thing too. And we’ll be trying to make the most of this week’s outing.