Sometimes places become so ingrained in our culture that they come to represent a particular decade or a moment in time. As a kid, Planet Hollywood was one of my FAVORITE places to go whenever I went to a new city – when I moved to Orlando it became an everyday possibility! Have you ever had a dream come true?
Now, like a great sequel to a true Hollywood Blockbuster, Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs is having a resurgence, and this particular fan is reliving her childhood. Here are the Top 5 Things to Love about the new Planet Hollywood.
1. The Menu
Dynamic celebrity chef and restaurateur Guy Fieri has created flavour-packed burgers and sandwiches exclusive to Planet Hollywood. With burgers topped with bacon and mac and cheese, to an actual sandwich filled with mac and cheese, there is nothing more American than this fare. And save room for DESSERTS! From the Cosmic Cotton Candy to the Planet Meltdown there will be something that satisfies your sweet tooth and sends it out of this world.
2. The Memorabilia
Always a staple of Planet Hollywood, the Orlando location just got an upgrade! When you walk in the door, you are greeted by costumes of Chewbacca, the furry hero from Star Wars, and the iconic Superman suit worn by Christopher Reeve. More props grace the entranceway including R2-D2, Marilyn Monroe’s dress from 1955 classic The Seven Year Itch, and even Judy Garland’s iconic Dorothy dress. But action movie enthusiasts, have no fear! Deadpool’s sword from the 2016 movie is now among the latest treasures.
3. The Atmosphere
Sleek new furnishings and display cases are just the beginning of the newly imagined space. Dine with a view and soak up Orlando’s perfectly warm temperatures while you indulge in the menu on the upstairs terrace. Or relax under the stars at the Stargazers lounge, a walk-up bar and al fresco dining area featuring live entertainment. Top off the experience with a Stargazer cocktail made with Stoli Blueberi vodka, lemonade, fresh blueberries, and basil. Perfection.
4. The High Tech Additions
New features include a massive 4,500 sq. ft. immersive video wall featuring state-of-art sound and media. This includes a live, interactive DJ spinning music every night. The wait staff even breaks out into choreographed dances. They have incorporated transparent LCDs into their entrance hall, so while customers wait, they can watch the incredible content that hides and then reveals itself with trivia and clips of the memorabilia in action.
5. The Gift Shop
Bring home cool mementoes to commemorate your out-of-this-world visit. Since the ’90s are having a huge fashion comeback right now, we should all embrace the retro and grab a Planet Hollywood shirt from the Orlando location. Inside this gift shop, you’ll find a stellar mix of trendy apparel, jewelry, hats, drinkware, and even a little something for the family dog. Because no experience in Orlando is complete without a gift shop!