Inside Splitsville at Walt Disney World, bringing bowling, food, and fun for all ages at all hours in Downtown Disney

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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 at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville 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.

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

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.

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

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.

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World 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.

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

Splitsville at Walt Disney World Downtown Disney

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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14 Comments

  1. Jeff Lynch

    It’s going to be interesting to watch how well this does.

    Do people on vacation want to go bowling? They must have studied this and determined, yes.

    Personally, I can’t think of ever wanting to go bowling on vacation. Being from a cold climate city, whenever I’ve been to Florida or California or some place warmer..all I want to do when not in a theme park is to go swimming. Going to a bowling alley would probably be the last thing I’d want to do on vacation, since I can do that back home easily.

    But, I hope this succeeds and there is a big market for it. Time will tell for sure!

    1. Patrick E

      People who visit WDW evry 4 years probably won’t be bowling they’ll spend every waking moment at the Theme Parks. But our family visits at least once and lately twice a year so we’re spending less time in the “Park Rat Race” and more time at the pool, golf cources, shopping, etc. We’re always looking for non-park things to do on our next trip. So we’ll probably work a trip to Splitsville in even though we don’t regularly bowl. I think additions like these are aimed at repete guests rather than the first time or the “every few years crowd”. (And if any Imagineers are reading, when is the WDW skeet/trip facility opening?

  2. Gordon

    Is that a piece of seafood (sushi roll) I see on your plate? Amazing!

    1. Ricky Brigante

      California rolls are good. That’s about where I draw the line.

  3. jane

    I llive in central fl. Kissimmee. Im sure we will be there. Awesome.

  4. K{P

    I’m not sure I understand how the bowling here works, I even spoke on the phone with them and it still seems ridiculous….so on nights, it’s $20 per person per 1.5 hours. Say you have a group of 6. The average bowler takes 15 minutes to bowl a game, so with 6 people on one lane you only bowled one game in a hour and half….which means each person just paid 20 bucks for ONE GAME (total cost $120). But if 6 people each get their own lane, they can each bowl 6 games in an hour and a half at $3.33 per game…..this sounds like a complete rip off! The lady on the phone at Downtown Disney, seems to confirm what I said….

    1. Ricky Brigante

      You’re correct and it is indeed quite expensive. With big groups, it might be best to get side-by-side lanes. That way you can still socialize with each other, but also bowl twice as quickly and possibly get 2 or 3 games completed in the hour and a half instead of just 1.

      1. K{P

        from what it says on their website, when they open up being able to reserve lanes, you can only get single lane reservations. Which means you won’t be able to do the side by side lane thing unless you go there and wait on a waitlist for two side by side lanes which will take forever

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