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10 December 2012

Luxury Lanes Bring Bowlers to Downtown Disney

Dedicated last week and opening in a few days, the new Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney features boutique bowling in a retro environment. A total of 30 lanes are split between two levels, grouped together in small clusters throughout the building to create a more intimate experience.
InPark freelance photographer Paul Williams takes a break from the camera to pose in front of a "cluster" of Splitsville bowling lanes. Photo by Martin Palicki.
 A dining area, billiards tables, full service bars, a balcony overlooking Downtown Disney, live entertainment and a unique sushi bar round out the facility’s offerings.

The Splitsville menu is distinctly different than your typical bowling alley fare. Guided by award-winning chef Tim Cushman, the menu features a variety of higher-end offerings such as grilled Mahi Mahi with “Voodoo” shrimp, filet sliders and grilled chicken parmesan, plus a kids menu, in addition to traditional bowling alley food items.
Splitsville Luxury Lanes opens in mid-December. Photo by Paul Williams.
 The bowling facility takes the place of the former Virgin Megastore and thankfully brings more recreation options to the Downtown Disney area, which offers more in the way of shopping, and less in the way of family experiences.

Splittsville at Downtown Disney is the Orlando-based chain’s fifth location joining venues in Tampa, FL, Miami, FL, Fairview, TX and Fredericksburg, VA. According to the Bowling Proprietors’ Association of America, almost 70 million Americans bowl every year, making it the most popular participation sport in America.
Multiple bars and dining options are scattered throughout the two-story building. Photo by Paul Williams.
 While Splitsville is a welcome addition to Downtown Disney, This InPark editor still anxiously awaits the return of The Adventurers Club and Mannequins to the Downtown Disney / Pleasure Island lineup…although there is probably a better chance of any InPark staffer bowling a 300 game at this point.

Splitsville opens in mid-December. For more information on the Splitsville brand, visit www.splitsvillelanes.com.
This is not your father's bowling alley. Upscale bars complement the stylized bowling lanes. Photo by Paul Williams.