There is a new bowling facility, or, some may say- a new restaurant- in town. Splitsville Luxury Lanes, recently opened in Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney West Side.
With 2 floors, 30 bowling lanes, several bars, pool tables, live music, and plenty of seating, Splitsville offers Walt Disney World guests entertainment from 10 a.m. until 2 a.m., 7 days a week.
On Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, adults can party kid-free on the second floor, reserved for guests 21 and up from 10:30 p.m. until closing.
My wife and I decided to check out the food and fun on a damp and chilly afternoon during our trip in January.
I haven't gone bowling in years. We have a few lanes within a 10 mile radius, but they are usually crowded, noisy, and smelly.
This was not like any bowling alley I've ever been to. In fact, if I was a local, this would be a regular hang out.
The equipment is state of the art. I am used to having to wait for what seems like an eternity to get my ball back, and have the pins reset. No issues here. I would turn around, and the ball would be back!
And then there is the food!
Throughout the day, there is a full menu, and you can be served at booths, the second floor balcony, or at tables at your bowling lane. There is a wide variety of food, including standard bar fare such as nachos, pizza, and sushi. Yep, sushi.
My wife and I ordered a Spicy Tuna Roll.
Now, I won't say it was the best roll I ever had. I have to confess, I'm not a fan of the sushi I've had in Walt Disney World. There are several excellent sushi restaurants within 5-10 minutes of where I live in New Jersey, so I never see a point in getting it in Disney World.
But I would absolutely get sushi at this bowling alley again!
But the real standout was the pizza! We got the Margherita, which is Mozzarella cheese, Roma tomatoes, basil, and tomato sauce on a honey wheat crust.
This was the best pizza we've had in Disney World.
Yes, better than Via Napoli!
On a side note, we also ate at Via Napoli on this trip, and feel the quality has slipped. The pizza was not nearly as good as on previous visits.
The pizza at Splitsville was reasonably priced, and easily (along with the tuna roll) filled us up.
There is even a little shop inside, called "Memory Lanes".
Now, you might ask, is bowling something you should do on an expensive vacation?
And I see your point.
But, if you need a break from the parks, want to get out of the rain or extreme heat, or if you want a good meal while visiting Downtown Disney, I absolutely recommend stopping by Splitsville Luxury Lanes!
Portions of this article were originally posted on the Tips From the Disney Diva Blog, where Nick is a contributing writer.