Planet Hollywood Observatory Disney Springs opened its doors for business on January 27, 2017. The team at Planet Hollywood Observatory hosted a media event this week and we were fortunate enough to receive an invitation. Here is our review of the Planet Hollywood Observatory Dine Amongst the Stars media event.
Our contact person, Lauren, notified us to check in at the upstairs hostess stand. This worked perfectly. The hostess told us that they were waiting for a few more people to arrive for the Dine Amongst the Stars event and we were welcome to walk around the restaurant and take pictures.
The shadow boxes displayed on the walls throughout are great fun to see. Each shadow box contains actual costumes and props from some well-known movies. We enjoyed them all but R2-D2 was probably our favorite find.
We were seated on the second floor with excellent views overlooking the first floor and straight across to the massive video wall.
For drinks we had Pluto’s Tea which is a non-alcoholic drink that contains fresh lemon & lime juices, Monin Peach Tea, Iced Tea and a blinking glow cube for a fun effect. The Cosmic Colada contains Malibu coconut rum, Jim Beam Kentucky Fire and coconut puree. There was a toasted coconut garnish on top that provided good presentation. The Moonwalk is visually appealing and is served in a large cocktail glass. This drink contains SKYY Infusions blood orange vodka, SKYY Infusions pineapple vodka, orange & pineapple juices, Sprite and grenadine. All three were very good with the Cosmic Colada being our Chip and Company personal favorite. The combination of the Malibu coconut rum and the Jim Beam Kentucky Fire was delicious and definitely added a bit of heat to our cheeks.
The Planet Hollywood Observatory started the meal portion of the Dine Amongst the Stars media event with three appetizers. The High Roller Sampler is visually appealing and offers five different appetizers in a smaller portion size. It contained the famous Chicken Crunch, Texas Tostados, Buffalo Wings, Five Cheese Dip and Peri-Peri Shrimp. The Hummus Trio consisted of roasted red pepper and black bean hummus, edamame hummus, and roasted garlic hummus. This was served with toasted herb flatbread. The famous Chicken Crunch appetizer arrived in a cute rooster-shaped serving platter. All three of the appetizers were good. We recommend all of them with our Chip and Company personal favorite being the Hummus Trio.
Our table ordered five different entrees, as there were five of us seated at the table. The Sesame Ginger Salmon with house-made cilantro rice & green bean blend was quite good. While the sauce for the salmon was just okay, the salmon was cooked perfectly with a bit of crunch around the edges; thus adding to the texture and flavor. The house-made cilantro rice is excellent and was a favorite on this plate. The vegetables had a bit of crunch to them and we were pleased by this as they were not overcooked. The Bacon Mac-N-Cheese Burger and the Morgan’s Veggie Burger are huge portions and definitely provide a sharable option for families. The Bacon Mac-N-Cheese provides a lot of flavor within the burger itself and the Mac-N-Cheese adds a bit of cheesy flavor that puts this burger over the top as Guy Fieri’s famous recipe. The Veggie Burger was made fresh with a variety of beans, oats, artichokes, roasted red pepper, and garlic. It is not disguised as a typical burger. This burger is a fall-apart delicious option for vegetarians and non-vegetarians alike. The triple fries are an interesting concept. However, we are not very much into fries and we found them to be over-seasoned and very salty. We will just ask to replace the fries with a different side on our next visit because the entrees were well-received. The Citrus Kale Salad is magnificent and tasted very fresh. The combination of the fresh vegetables, citrus fruits, cranberries, sunflower seeds and agave dressing were very tasty. The BBQ Ribs were plentiful with a good flavor. Our new friend Robb gave them a thumbs up.
The most anticipated part of any good meal is dessert! We were given the Brownie Sundae Martini for the table and the option to choose one SuperNova Shake. The Brownie Martini Sundae had moist and chewy chunks of freshly baked brownies. This dessert option would be perfect with scoops of vanilla and chocolate ice cream as opposed to the soft-serve ice cream that was in it. The brownie chunks were excellent. Now on to these much-anticipated SuperNova Shakes. There are three of them: Cosmic Cotton Candy, Strawberry Big Bang, and Chocolate Comet. They are rich and creamy and you must use the thick straw to drink them. The toppings are truly out of this world. The Cosmic Cotton Candy is topped with pink and blue cotton candy, jelly beans, white chocolate pretzels,sprinkles and a very large lollipop. Cotton Candy is definitely the strongest flavor in this milkshake. The Strawberry Big Bang is topped with an entire piece of vanilla cake, a lollipop, sprinkles and white chocolate chips. Calling all chocolate lovers! The Chocolate Comet will certainly allow you to achieve your desire for chocolate. This chocolate milkshake is served with double chocolate brownie frosting, chocolate candies, brownies, Kit-Kat candy and a cookie straw. SuperNova Shakes should be shared as they are very large and pretty much impossible for one person to drink on their own.
The Planet Hollywood Observatory Team were absolutely fabulous. They treated us very well and were quite entertaining while maintaining an appropriate level of professionalism. Executive Chef Andy made it a point to come to each table, introduce himself, and ask how we enjoyed our meals. Mark Ehril, General Manager of Planet Hollywood Observatory, was very attentive and made it a point to introduce himself to us. He told us to be sure and let him know if he could be of any assistance. Lauren Painter was our contact person for the Dine Amongst the Stars media event. She was very easy to speak with and genuinely wanted to know what we thought of the food, the team, and the atmosphere.
The Team of Planet Hollywood Observatory treated us like VIP. We had a seating area that was still in the thick of the action while being someone separate from the rest of the hustle and bustle of the restaurant. They even presented us with a fabulous parting gift of a Planet Hollywood Observatory bag, hat, and water bottle.
Overall, the Dine Amongst the Stars media event was an evening of good food, interactive music, and wonderful people. If you are looking for an enjoyable meal during your next visit to the Disney Springs area then we recommend the reimagined Planet Hollywood Observatory. The menu is extensive and offers something for every flavor palate. Even if you are not planning to have a meal here you must stop in for an appetizer and a SuperNova Shake!
You can see our video recap of the evening here:
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