It’s finally time to bring you a sneak preview of Walt Disney World’s newest entertainment complex — Splitsville Luxury Lanes! Located at Downtown Disney and opening officially on December 19th, the bowling chain has created its biggest and best location, yet…
Located in the old Virgin Megastore across from Wolfgang Puck Cafe, the brand new space is a welcome addition to Downtown Disney’s WestSide. And with the promise of upscale bowling alley food — sliders, pizza, and sushi taking center stage — we were anxious to finally get a peek behind those construction walls.
OK, so basically…this place is massive. Boasting two floors of bowling, dancing, and dining, you’ll be blown away by how much space there is here.
And both inside and outside of Splitsville, the vibe is completely retro chic. Owners wanted to bring back the golden age of bowling, so you’ll see a lot of mid-century modern touches throughout the space.
Even the shoes make a statement.
Cool “nuclear” chrome light fixtures mix with bold red, black, and white color schemes to make a decor statement. And speaking of red, black, and white, plan on seeing a lot of that in the merchandise here, too.
You can even purchase your very own clothing sporting Splitsville’s signature bowling print.
With seating areas, bars (sushi and cocktail), and pool tables scattered around, you might wonder at first where the actual bowling is. Well, this isn’t your standard bowling alley.
Lanes are grouped together in small sets, and you’ll find them in all corners of Splitsville!
And don’t expect any hum-drum bowling balls, either! These sport Splitsville’s logo, and some even showcase your favorite Disney characters!
Upstairs, you’ll find more seating areas and bars along with pool tables and more bowling lanes. And if you’re starting to worry that this won’t be as family friendly as they’re touting, I’m hearing that the place will cater specifically to families downstairs always, and become a 21-and-over nightclub ONLY upstairs and ONLY after a certain time of night.
Seating features plush vinyl booths, dark wood, and comfy chairs inside. Outside, you’ll find simple seating in Splitsville’s standard colors.
All in all, the atmosphere here is comfortable and exciting. No matter where you are, you have access to food, drinks, and fun.
Bowling alley eats take on a new definition at Splitsville. I’ve been eagerly anticipating this menu for quite a while — burgers, sushi, pizza, nachos? what’s not to like? — but of course they take all of this about a zillion steps further.
The menu is the creation of Chef Tim Cushman, one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2008, and basically offers very upscale pub grub favorites. Filet mignon sliders, 12 different kinds of sushi, three-pepper calamari sautéed with cherry…you get the drift.
With pizza as a big part of the menu, Splitsville has created seven varieties including veggie and an awesome BBQ chicken featuring gorgeous red onions. The flavor is great, the ingredients fresh, and I promise you’ll be impressed.
Nachos are another feature of the menu, and I can highly recommend the BBQ chicken version here, too.
Next up? Sliders. Try all the versions, including the awesome turkey club!
When you start to get thirsty, there are five — yep, FIVE — bars to choose from at Splitsville, located both indoors and outdoors.
With truly friendly and knowledgeable staff, ask them to make you their favorite! There are several new and unique drinks created just for the Orlando Splitsville location, so be sure to sample a few (I’m hoping to get a menu of them for you soon!).
And if dessert is a must-do for you (um…yes, please), check out these awesome options — including “Giant Cake,” a red velvet confection! Brownies a la mode and sundaes are also on the dessert menu.
One of the great things about Splitsville (besides the awesome cast members and service — can you believe there’s a “lane concierge” who’s in charge of delivering your bowling balls and shoes to you?!) is that even if you’re a horrible bowler like I am, there’s still plenty to do and see!
With live music nightly, billiards, dance sessions, and all that awesome food and drink, you’re sure to have a good time even if you’re bowling gutter balls all night.
Oh, and by the way, if you DO bowl gutter balls, everyone will know it. Splitsville kindly showcases a “GUTTER” graphic on the lane flat screen TVs if that’s your unfortunate circumstance.
The food is well worth a try when you visit. It’s what I like to call “chic comfort food,” — everything you know and love about your local bar menu, but dressed up with great ingredients and trendy additions.
And while it sounds like a party atmosphere, Splitsville will cater to families as well, separating the over-21 crowd onto their own floor at certain times of the week (or so we hear). Lanes will be sold in 90 minute blocks for &20/person, so reserve ahead of time.
I think this place will be a blast, but with so many other options demanding your time at Disney World, will it just turn into another “rainy days only” adventure? We’ll soon find out…
Are you headed to Splitsville on your next Disney visit? Let us know in the comments below!
My visit to Splitsville was part of a Disney World sneak peek for media and journalists. I was under no obligation to write a review at all, much less a positive one. You can see our disclosure policy here.