If you’ve found your parking spot by using Planet Hollywood’s giant globe-meets-spaceship as a landmark, get ready for a change.
As we mentioned in a previous post, we now have confirmation that the iconic restaurant will be undergoing a major transformation in the near future. The makeover will take place to ensure that the restaurant’s decor is consistent with the rest of Disney Springs. (Read more about the transformation of Downtown Disney to Disney Springs here.)
The star-themed eatery will transform into Planet Hollywood Observatory, and will be modeled after a turn of the century (20th century, that is) observatory, a feature that a town might have had at the time.
The new motif will incorporate a high-tech planetarium inside, thus enabling guests to “dine among the stars.”
But if you’re sad to see the Hollywood memorabilia go, don’t be. Much of it will stay put, as the restaurant and lounge will still feature props and costumes from film. In addition, large movie screens will play movie features as you dine. (You can take a look at the current atmosphere and menu in our review here.)
The outside area will also transform with brick surrounds, and the pole that has hosted the neon “Planet Hollywood” sign will be turned into a water tower.
The menu is getting a makeover too, but those plans are still in the works. According to Planet Hollywood International founder and chairman Robert Earl, the restaurant hopes to continue competing well against other restaurants in the immediate area. Earl plans to enlist the help of celebrity chefs in the creation of the new menu, but he’s striving to keep the prices in the moderate range.
Mr. Earl did offer a little nugget of information that intrigues us: “I’m going to focus heavily on the food,” he said. “We’re going to have some worthy opposition, some that has been announced and some that hasn’t.”
We’ll take this as proof positive that Disney has many, many more tricks up their sleeves.
Expect the new design to be unveiled sometime next year.
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Source: Orlando Sentinel