The 90’s Disney kid in me was chomping at the bit for Planet Hollywood Observatory to open. I mean come on. If you visited Pleasure Island at the Walt Disney World Resort anytime in the 90’s the Planet Hollywood Globe was the thing you remember most…along with Mannequin’s revolving dance floor and fireworks at midnight.
When I received the invite to come check out the inner workings of the newly revamped iconic “Downtown Disney” (now Disney Springs) structure I did the “happy dance” and decided my plus three would be three of my best girls.
Here we go…
Girls Night Out at Planet Hollywood Observatory.
The interior of the restaurant has changed dramatically but the real secret here is the addition of the outdoor dining space.
When I made my reservation I had one thing in mind. Taking in the excellent winter weather and the gorgeous Florida sunset.
Come on now…how could I not?
If the weather permits, be sure to request a seat outside on the patio.
Our night kicked off with some serious libations.
New Amerstand vodka, Limoncino Bottega and Reàl ginger infused syrup
Stoli Blueberi vodka and lemonade with fresh blueberries and basil
Vodka, triple sec, cranberry juice and lime juice
Riazul Blanco Tequila, Disaronno Originale, Cointreau and fresh margarita mix
The four of us sipped and laughed and caught up on all the news that was fit to print as the sun began to set and the lights of Disney Springs twinkled all around us.
Our appetizer was like something out of a carnival.
High Roller Sampler
Chicken Crunch, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Five Cheese Dip, and Peri-Peri Shrimp
The girls loved the Texas Tostados which were topped with BBQ chicken, sautéed onions, cheese, pico de gallo, sour cream and BBQ sauce. My favorite was the Five Cheese Dip (swiss, mozzarella, provolone, parmesan, and asiago with spinach, artichoke hearts and roasted tomato).
Guy Fieri crafted the burger menu at the Planet Hollywood Observatory. If you’ve been following me for any amount of time you know I like to get down on a Guy’s Burger and I have only been able to do so when cruising Carnival and eating at Guy’s Burger Joint on their 2.0 cruise ships. Praise the lord that we have the opportunity to grab a Guy’s Burger on land now and in my home town at that!
Scratch-made vegetable burger of black beans, white beans, chickpeas, oats, artichokes, roasted red pepper and garlic with cilantro aioli and LTOP (lettuce|tomato|onion|pickle) on a toasted wheat bun
Guy’s award-winning burger – Winner of NYC Wine and Food Festival Burger Bash! Applewood-smoked bacon, six cheese mac-n-cheese cheddar, LTOP, crispy onion straws and donkey sauce on a garlic-buttered brioche bun
I went with the veggie burger. These are scratch made y’all. Not that pre packaged frozen mumbo jumbo.
All three of the girls went with the bacon mac’n’cheese burger even though there were six other burger combinations to choose from. We all raved about our selections and then we all asked for to-go boxes. These burgers are massive. They come with a side of Triple Fries, a combo of three different cuts of potatoes. They were delicious!
Planet Hollywood Observatory has eleven by-the-glass selections of wine and you can get a five or a nine ounce pour. This Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc was delightful.
Word has spread fast about the milkshakes here…
Strawberry Big Bang
a classic hand dipped strawberry milkshake with sprinkles and white chocolate chips. Topped with a slice of birthday cake and a lollipop
While I was not a fan of the cake, the milkshake was rich and creamy and eveything you’d like a milkshake to be.
Chocolate sphere melted tableside by hot chocolate sauce to reveal a double chocolate fudge cake, fresh strawberries, and whipped cream
This was by far my favorite dessert. I could have devoured the cake inside with one swipe of my fork.
After our meal was finished we headed back inside to say hello to some fellow food bloggers who were also having dinner that night. The restaurant was PACKED and the atmosphere inside was much more chaotic than the relaxed and casual experience we had outside on the patio. If you have kids, they will probably love it inside. If you are looking for a more laid back vibe grab a table outside.
Planet Hollywood Observatory
Disney Springs at Walt Disney World
1506 East Buena Vista Dr.
Orlando FL 32836
A special thank you to Planet Hollywood Observatory for hosting us at this dinner.