• Joan Genty

Dining with the stars

Planet Hollywood has re-opened its Orlando flagship location, Planet Hollywood at Disney Springs. Multi-million dollar renovations have transformed the iconic globe into a four-story stargazing observatory with new spaces including an outdoor terrace and lounge, a new menu and a new look and feel. The 36,000-square-foot restaurant invites patrons of all ages to Dine Among the Stars with an immersive theatrical dining experience unlike anything before. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, each floor has been created to provide a different experience so guests can return again and again, discovering a new adventure each time. Walls and glass displays throughout the restaurant are adorned with imagery as well as a curated collection of memorabilia that pays homage to a long tradition of filmmaking and Planet Hollywood’s continued commitment to the new, rising stars of the entertainment industry. Along with a state-of-the-art 4,500-square-foot video wall, Planet Hollywood guests will be mesmerised by three-dimensional interiors that come to life through Trompe L’oeil 3D technology. Though there seems to be a limited selection for vegetarians (it’s a veggie burger or cheese sandwich) the new menu features Planet Hollywood’s classic dishes, with a savoury selection of “Big Bite Burgers” and over the top signature sandwiches from chef, restaurateur and television personality Guy Fieri. New decadent sweets include hand-dipped milkshakes and indulgent shareable desserts. There’s also a variety of wines, bottled and draft beers, as well as cocktails served in specialty glassware to cater to the needs of all guests, from groups with small children to young adults and seniors. The Stargazers lounge, a 5,000-square-foot outdoor expansion overlooking Disney Springs, allows guests to relax under the stars while enjoying cocktails and live entertainment al fresco. A dedicated beverage menu, focused on Florida craft beers, touts 20 different taps as well as 10 signature cocktails infused with classic Floridian ingredients, such as the Stargazer with Stoli Blueberi vodka, lemonade, fresh blueberries and basil, and The Observatory with Stoli vodka, Limoncino Bottega, Monin Peach Tea and Candoni Prosecco. Planet Hollywood is now officially open to the public and is open daily from 11am until 1am. We'll visit later in the year to check out those veggie options and enjoy the star-filled night!

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