Planet Hollywood is celebrating 20 years this year! The themed restaurants are more like museums if you haven't been to one, with a movie prop and memorabilia collection unlike anything you've ever seen before.
Where else can you eat great food under the bus used in Speed or the original Volkswagen from Herbie? Or have a drink beneath the bike Jim Carey rode in The Truman Show?
"This Dorothy dress probably would go about half-a-million dollars. That's original from the Wizard of Oz," says Planet Hollywood Chairman and Owner, Robert Earl, as he walks us through his restaurant at Walt Disney World.
"We have an amazing collection. It's probably worth 40 or 50 million dollars if were to ever sell it. And we will absolutely not sell it. We need it for all the new Planets we're opening. We're opening a chain of Planet Hollywood hotels all over the world as we speak," says Earl.
So with all those hotel lobbies and rooms and hallways and future restaurants that will need designing, where does Planet Hollywood store the booty? At a secret warehouse in Orlando, managed by Paul Hemus.
"It's about 50,000 square feet, and we're holding somewhere around 40,000 to 50,000 props and we've broken those down into categories for storage," says Hemus.
"So these are all papers and documents and letters from the movies. Here's one from Wyatt Earp. It's a telegram. An airline ticket from Zero Effect. Contained in the flat files are going to be a multitude of small props. Here's a nice authentic rubber knife from Mike Myer's Halloween H2O," Hemus says as he walks us through the vault.
What would he do with a gold bar from Goldfinger? "I'd put them into built-in displays and have them stacked and make a bundle of gold bars," Hemus responds.
The Hollywood props are sent bubble-wrapped. Each item gets cataloged in computers that sit in a room framed by set pieces from the movie, True Lies. And then placed onto shelves, some reaching two stories high. Winning costumes from popular characters, like Charlie Sheen. Transportation too: Stallone's motorcycle from Rocky 3. A helmet from CHiPs. And Dark Helmet's helmet from Spaceballs. Jason's mask. Hook's hook.
"Ohhh, this is a gorgeous piece. This is from Ben Hur. An original. We were very lucky. We found it in a movie studio in Italy," boasts Hemus.
Your chance to see this history will come only by chance. When your next Planet Hollywood table reservation happens to be next to Tom Criuse's Top Gun uniform, or the guns from Face/Off, or the exterminator tank from Arachnophobia.
"America is fascinated with celebrity, and we bring celebrity a little closer to you," says Earl, proudly.