Capping off a 3-day media event celebrating the grand openings of New Fantasyland and Test Track, Walt Disney World offered a first look inside Splitsville Luxury Lanes, the new bowling alley and restaurant at Downtown Disney. After announcing its official opening date as Dec. 19, attending press were treated to a few hours of hitting the lanes and sampling the finger foods that will be served there.
On hand to dedicate the new establishment were representatives from Walt Disney World and Splitsville, which has four other locations around the country, who were aided by Goofy, bumbling his way through the ceremony before the excited crowd was let in.
Video: Splitsville dedication and full tour at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney
Splitsville gets its name from the split setup in which small groups of bowling lanes are scattered around two floors. It offers a far more casual and relaxing environment than a traditional bowling alley. In total, there are 30 lanes across the venue’s two floors, with the majority on the second floor.
Pricing has yet to be finalized but will be around $15-20 per person, per 1.5 hours, including shoe rental. With only 30 lanes, waits may get quite long on busy nights, but a reservation list allows guests to sit, relax, drink, eat, and socialize while waiting to play.
This Splitsville location offers a variety of colored balls in many sizes and weights, but kids’ balls also feature special Mickey and Minnie Mouse designs.
Beyond bowling, a few pool tables are available for play. Seating is ample throughout both floors as well as on an outdoor balcony looking over the front of the facility and into Downtown Disney.
Several bars are prominently located throughout Splitsville. On the weekends in late night hours (tentatively scheduled for after 10:30pm), the second floor will be reserved for adults only, ages 21 and up.
Food is served all over Splitsville by friendly staff, at seating areas as well as up to the bowling lanes themselves. The menu is fairly standard fare for a bowling alley, though escalated slightly. It’s not high quality, but it’s not bad either. Options include pizza (cheese, pepperoni, sausage, barbecue chicken - among others, sliders - chicken, turkey, beef, pork, nachos, chicken tenders, calamari, and many other small bites. The sushi bar offers the highest quality food and ingredients prepared fresh, while the rest of the menu is good but nothing special and certainly heavy.
When Splitsville officially opens on December 19, operating hours will be 10am - 2am daily, with live music and DJs enhancing the entertainment. It will surely be a popular way for Walt Disney World visitors to add some extra activities when not visiting the theme parks and spend some fun family-friendly time together.
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