This review is for:
West Side, Downtown Disney
1506 E. Buena Vista Drive,
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Hours: 11:00 am ‘” 1:00 am.
Bar: 11:00 am ‘” 2:00 am
Merchandise Shop 11:00 am ‘” 2:00 am
Phone: (407) WDW-DINE/ (407) 939-3463
Planet Hollywood in Orlando, Florida is in Downtown Disney. There is no admission fee to get into the area. Visitors will be treated to the same fun themes that you find at the park.
From the moment we began planning our Walt Disney World adventure we knew that we would visit Planet Hollywood. After visiting this chain in New York and in Las Vegas we felt that this would make for a fun dinner for our family. Plus, the prices are more affordable than you might expect.
The best description for the restaurant is to say that the unrelated Hard Rock Café meets Hollywood. All kinds of movie memorabilia decorate the restaurant. Food is the usual American fare. The menu includes burgers, steaks, salads, pizza and the like. Coke products are served. It’s a fun place to eat and the magic begins before you walk in the door.
Planet Hollywood at Downtown Disney is in a large blue globe. On the side are the words Planet Hollywood in bright red letters. Next to the restaurant is a small pond with a boat named “The Jenny”. Want to guess which movie that’s from?
Reservations for Planet Hollywood can be made 180 days in advance. If you don’t want to wait 2 hours for a table be sure to reserve a spot. We made our reservations about 60 days out and did not get either time that we wanted.
Since we were staying at Fort Wilderness at Walt Disney World getting to the restaurant was a snap. We used the famous Disney transportation. Drivers may want a map.
It was a little confusing to know where to get off of the bus. We got off on the wrong side but enjoyed our walk. It gave us a chance to decide which shops to visit later.
Entrance to the restaurant is up a long flight of covered stairs. Fortunately, behind the stairs and off to the side is an elevator. Go through the door and the elevator is on the right. The staff at the bottom of the steps was glad to direct us.
There were several floors to the Planet Hollywood. A staff member in the hallway was able to help us find the level we needed.
Upstairs the hostesses were friendly even though the place was packed. One word that I can give to potential diners is to not let a member of your party go to the bathroom while waiting to be seated. The staff absolutely would not sit us until their head count verified that all members were present. This was a pain but we complied.
Our server was taking care of a large party so it took her a few minutes to get to us. This was not unreasonable. I didn’t catch her name but she was pleasant. It took only a few minutes for her to bring our drinks. The hot and tasty parmesan spinach appetizer ($8.99) was right behind her.
All of us ordered burgers ($11.99 each). We didn’t decide on this ahead of time. It just worked out that way. The waitress seemed disappointed and tried to steer us toward higher priced items and then later toward the more expensive desserts. This was annoying.
It took a little while for our food to arrive. The kids took advantage of this to photograph the restaurant and explore the different levels. They had a blast seeing how it was all decorated.
This Planet Hollywood opens in the center to a large atrium style room. It’s all decorated with movie items both large and small. The dark interior made the television sets and the lights on the interior palm trees pop.
A large Joker head from Batman was on one wall. Disney characters were on the top of the other side of the building. Suspended from the ceiling was a large pirate ship. The effect was busy and surreal. That’s exactly what you would expect from a restaurant named Planet Hollywood.
Our burgers were delicious. The cheddar cheese dripped slightly over the hamburger patty. French fries were served on the side. These were both hot and crisp. All were served with the appropriate condiments.
Lettuce and tomatoes were cool and of good quality. The rest of the party dug all appeared to be well pleased with their orders. Portions were about the right size for the price. Two of us ordered sodas and the rest chose water.
The server was not having her best night. We each received one refill only and we had to signal for our check which seemed to take awhile to process.
Dinner cost us about $75 pretax for a party of 5. That is reasonable for any restaurant these days. Compared to some, it made Planet Hollywood seem like a bargain. Next time we’re vacationing at Walt Disney World we’ll have to go back.
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