Let’s BOWL baby!!!
Did you know that bowling is the most popular participation sport in America with nearly 70 million people participating each year? And, according to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, more than 60 percent of bowlers in the United States are under age 34 and nearly half are women.
Oh yes, bowling is one popular pastime in America — and now, with the Orlando-based, luxury bowling lane chain, Splitsville, bowling is HIP!
The Largest Splitsville in the Nation Opens in Downtown Disney
When I walked into Splitsville in Downtown Disney, I said two things: “This is PERFECT for Downtown Disney!” and “Man, do I wish I had this in my city!”
Splitsville is the epitome of entertainment for the entire family.
Every member of the family has their needs met at Splitsville — from family bowling fun, to delicious, upscale food for every age and palette, to live entertainment, to hip decor with a nostalgic spin.
“Splitsville is a perfect fit for Downtown Disney,” said Keith Bradford, vice president of Downtown Disney. “From a new twist on a beloved sport to an impressive menu you’d never expect to find in a bowling facility, Splitsville offers a great experience that complements our other unique offerings at Downtown Disney. I’m sure it will quickly become a guest favorite.”
Splitsville at Downtown Disney is the Orlando-based chain’s fifth location. The first Splitsville location opened in December 2003 in Tampa, Florida. There are also locations in Miami, Fairview, Texas and Fredericksburg, Virginia.
The addition to Downtown Disney is part of an expansion that includes numerous new family-friendly entertainment and retail options including Florida’s first AMC Fork & Screen movie theatre, Characters in Flight operated by Aerophile, Sunglass Icon, and Something Silver.
There are so many fabulous entertainment, shopping, and dining options in Downtown Disney, families definitely need to schedule time during their Disney vacation to spend in Downtown Disney. The bonus, of course, is that Downtown Disney is not located inside one of the parks and so guests do not need park passes to enjoy all it has to offer.
Stepping into bowling shoes never felt so stylish — yes, Splitsville makes me want to rock these anti-bacterial sprayed shoes.
With a modern retro vibe, Splitsville definitely has branded their chain well and makes the entire “family bowling night” that much cooler.
And I Mentioned the Food, Right?
If you want to please the adults in the crowd, you need to feed them well. (And some fabulous adult beverage offerings are critical too, which Splitsville also has well covered.)
The upscale menu at Splitsville is incredible! I would come for the food alone.
Splitsville has a full-scale restaurant with two sushi bars and offers lane-side dining or full service dining, indoors or outdoors on the patio.
The menu was created by Chef Tim Cushman, one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2008, and features items such as three-pepper calamari sautéed with cherry, jalapeño and banana peppers; seared ahi tuna; alley nachos with the works; mini-turkey clubs made with freshly roasted turkey and Loaded Fries “smothered with nacho cheese, bacon and love;” Burgers made with a blend of Black Angus brisket, short ribs and ground beef; blackened mahi mahi with grilled shrimp and spicy, buttery voodoo sauce; an 8-ounce filet mignon; and steak chimichurri.
And don’t worry about the kids — they will love the menu too. The kids’ menu includes burgers, chicken tenders, mac and cheese or grilled cheese, all for $7.
And everyone will love the pizza. I had the barbeque chicken and it was one of the best slices of pizza I have ever tasted.
Splitsville is open to guests in Downtown Disney December 19, 2012. Prices vary based on time of day and include the cost of shoe rentals. Prior to 5 p.m., the rate is $15 per person for 1.5 hours of bowling. After 5 p.m., the rate is $20 per person for 1.5 hours of bowling.
If you live in the Orlando area or are heading to Walt Disney World, you must slot in family bowling at Splitsville. Your whole family will have a blast!
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