Planet Hollywood Orlando ~ Down Town Disney West Side

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Completely unmissable as you enter Disney’s Down Town West Side complex, Orlando’s Planet Hollywood restaurant is housed in a giant purple and neon shrouded ball, located next to the main entrance of Pleasure Island.

The huge sweeping, canopied staircase which transports you to the main restaurant level (an elevator is available for guests in wheelchairs), is reminiscent of those huge stage sets seen in all the classic song and dance movies of the 30’s and 40’s, and sets the tone for what is one of Orlando’s most extraordinary dining experiences.

Once you pass the life size statue of Sylvester Stallone in full Rocky regalia, you enter through a gleaming chrome revolving door to the lobby area, where the Maitre Dee will take your seating requirements and show you to your table, if one is already available. Be prepared to wait however, as reservations are not taken, and this place is extremely popular with both tourists and locals alike.

The good news however, is that should you have to wait, you can do so in the lounge bar located to the left of the ground floor restaurant area, where a pre dinner cocktail will help to get you into the mood for the glamorous night that lies ahead.

Whether you are seated immediately, or take the opportunity to explore the exotic drinks available at the bar, you will immediately be struck by the sheer scale of Planet Hollywood. With it’s high domed ceiling and two floor dining area, there is really only one way to describe it ~ huge !

Of course, it goes without saying that if you are a movie buff, you will probably already be aware of what makes Planet Hollywood so successful, but to the uninitiated, you have not just entered a restaurant, you have entered a magical world or movie sets, costumes, props, gismos, gadgets and memorabilia.

Want to see Dorothy’s original dress from the Wizard of Oz ? It’s there. Freddy Krueger’s famous razor fingered glove ? It’s there too. How about Christopher Reeve’s body suit from the original Superman movie ? Yes, also there.

In fact, what you have with Planet Hollywood is a literal Aladdin’s cave of  priceless articles all of which have been used in great blockbuster movies.  

Often noisy, it has a bustling atmosphere, aided by two huge video screens and numerous smaller screens located throughout the restaurant, which show famous movie clips, upcoming previews, music videos and tricky quiz questions.

Open daily for lunch and dinner, the menu is wide ranging and varied, and starts from $10 and up.

Go for the food ~ Stay for the experience. You won’t be disappointed !

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