Disney World's Planet Hollywood to Close for Refurbishment by January

November 9, 2015, 12:26 PM · Walt Disney World's Planet Hollywood restaurant will close by January 19 for its refurbishment to match the new "Disney Springs" theme of its surroundings.

Planet Hollywood at the Walt Disney World Resort opened in 1994, in between the AMC movie theaters and what was then Pleasure Island. The chain once had around 100 restaurants around the world, but today is down to six, with two of them at Disney resorts. (The other Disney Planet Hollywood is at Disneyland Paris.) The refurbishment will change the restaurant's "planet Earth" facade to a domed observatory with a steampunk-like turn-of-the-20th-century design, intended to match the surroundings of the newly re-themed Disney Springs complex.

As part of the refurbishment, Planet Hollywood has filed notice that it will lay off 468 employees. The restaurant will have a new menu when it reopens, in addition to the new design and, presumably, many new employees. (Planet Hollywood has said that laid-off employees will have first dibs on the new jobs.)

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November 9, 2015 at 1:13 PM · Does this restaurant really have 468 employees, that's a lot of people for one site.
Closing for 6 months, so they lay off all staff and then offer to re-employee them when it re-opens, a good way to save money but in the UK it would not be allowed as its the same company trying to save 6 months of wages, good business but not great support to your employee's, I guess this is what happens when the chain has become so small from its peak days they can not move staff to a local restaurant.
I for one are glad to see a revamp of this restaurant having been many times I think the look and the menu were getting a little outdated and needed a overhaul, looking forward to my next visit when it re-opens.
November 9, 2015 at 3:01 PM · This is why I only eat at Hard Rock Cafe

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