Today Disney announced a new entertainment addition for Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney called Splitsville. The chain of restaurants offers bowling and billiards with “luxury lanes” in an “upscale” setting.
The new 50,000-square-foot venue will replace RIDEMAKERZ, currently located on the West Side (in the former Virgin Megastore location). RIDEMAKERZ which will relocate to the Marketplace side. Inside, guests will be able to have fun and eat from a menu that includes sliders, sushi, pizza, and a variety of other appetizers, entrees and desserts.
And after 8pm, guests are encouraged to wear evening attire as Splitsville turns to adult-oriented nightlife. In fact, other Splitsville locations require guests to be age 21 and up to enter after 8pm. It’s not yet clear whether this policy will continue at the Walt Disney World location, a traditional home of family-friendly entertainment.
The closest existing Splitsville location to Orlando is currently open in Tampa, Fla. (one of four in the country). The photos below show what Splitsville looks likde inside the Tampa location, giving an indication of what the Downtown Disney version may look like:
In the Downtown Disney Update, Disney did not specifically mention Hyperion Wharf, which is the entertainment and dining district announced to replace Pleasure Island. But they did offer an excuse for its delay:
“Over on Pleasure Island, we’ve completed removing some of the buildings that aren’t part of our future plans. During the course of this site work, we identified opportunities to further refine our master plan and are pausing to evaluate them. What does this mean for you? While we’re moving quickly, it will admittedly cause a delay in construction. But we’re willing to bet that any delay will be worth the wait once we’re able to share details about the exciting work we’ve been doing.”
Construction on Splitsville will begin this fall with no opening date set.