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A Refreshing Spin on Alley Eats at Downtown Disney

posted on October 24th, 2012 by Pam Brandon, Disney Parks Food Writer


Dine. Drink. Bowl. Maybe in that order for some of us – that’s the approach to having fun at the soon-to-open Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side. And, wow, this two-story “bowling alley” puts a new spin on the sport with 50,000 square feet of fun for the entire family – 30 lanes cleverly separated into clusters, two kitchens, dramatic architecture, outdoor seating, billiard tables and live entertainment.

A Refreshing Spin on Alley Eats at Downtown Disney at Splitsville Luxury Lanes

We love that there’s a bowling concierge who delivers your shoes to your lane. We’ll go just for that privilege, plus a waitress to take our food and drink orders. Roll a few strikes and spares, soak up the energy, then grab a menu and get bowled over by the cuisine created by Tim Cushman, one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2008.

There’s sushi rolled on display – and they’re serious about freshness, since “who would expect sushi with bowling,” says Mark Gibson, co-founder of Splitsville. So they’ve got experts slicing and dicing everything from California rolls to spicy tuna to their signature Crab Rangoon – a dozen rolls in all.

Appetizer-sized Filet Sliders Available at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side

But ask Gibson his favorite, and he’ll tell you that the appetizer-sized filet sliders are right up there, served with onion rings and horseradish cream. Other starters include 3-pepper calamari sautéed with cherry, jalapeño and banana peppers; seared ahi tuna; alley nachos with the works, and Loaded Fries “smothered with nacho cheese, bacon and love,” reads the menu.

Blackened Mahi Mahi with Grilled Shrimp and Spicy, Buttery Voodoo Sauce at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side Salad Available at Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side

The extra-juicy burgers are a blend of Black Angus brisket, short ribs and ground beef, and if you’re really hungry, order the triple-decker Mad King burger, a full pound with double cheese and bacon, topped with a crispy onion ring. But it’s not all sandwiches and salads. Standout entrées include slow-cooked pulled pork with fries and slaw; blackened mahi mahi with grilled shrimp and spicy, buttery voodoo sauce; an 8-ounce filet mignon; and steak chimichurri. There are seven kinds of pizzas, from cheese to barbecued chicken and the Firehouse with mozzarella, diced chicken tenders, spicy bleu cheese sauce and a drizzle of Ranch dressing.

Enormous desserts to share include made-to-order sundaes, brownie a la mode and red velvet cake with butter frosting (it’s called “Giant Cake” for a reason). And there are plenty of menu options designed just for kids, all for an affordable $7.

And we haven’t even mentioned drinks, from an old-fashioned Icee to and 18-ounce frozen schooner of draft beer. There are signature cocktails like rum runners and piña coladas, snicker-tinis and key lime martinis. And their popular “Bowl” drinks which include Long Island Iced Tea and the Beach Bowl.

A Refreshing Spin on Alley Eats at Downtown Disney at Splitsville Lucky Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side A Refreshing Spin on Alley Eats at Downtown Disney at Splitsville Lucky Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side

Plans are to open the doors at 10 a.m. and keep customers “rolling in and rocking out” until 2 a.m.

“It’s all about families and friends having fun together,” says Gibson. “And while you might come to Splitsville for the bowling and atmosphere, you’ll come back for the food!”

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19 Comments

1

Kaleigh on October 24th, 2012 at 2:39 pm

There isn’t an official opening date yet, is there?

2

Holly on October 24th, 2012 at 2:41 pm

When will this be opening?

3

Maureen on October 24th, 2012 at 2:43 pm

This looks like sooooo much fun!!! Totally different take on a family fun night in Disney!!! :)

4

Diane on October 24th, 2012 at 3:20 pm

Looks so amazing – Can’t wait to get in.

P.S. Can I get some of the recipes???

5

Alexander on October 24th, 2012 at 4:37 pm

When will it be opening?

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Andrelucia on October 24th, 2012 at 4:38 pm

What are the chances Splitville will be open by February? This is my mom’s favorite sport and I’d love to take her for her birthday.

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Jessica on October 24th, 2012 at 4:50 pm

Looks great! Any opening date idea? We’ll be coming first week of December and this sounds like a great place to try! Hope it will be open! :)

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Michael from NJ on October 24th, 2012 at 5:42 pm

It sounds really cool. Now I’m thinking bowling pins with Disney characters on them, and surprised faces on them…lol Hopefully it will be open in January.

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michelle on October 24th, 2012 at 5:48 pm

we will be there the first week of Dec and was wondering if and when it will be open ?.. will we need reservations and is it going to be part of the dinning pland ??… if so will it be a quick service or a table service???…. i have been looking eveyday since August 3th and have not seen any updates

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James on October 24th, 2012 at 5:51 pm

Ahhh man. I hope I get to go in May. I love bowling.

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Thomas from FL on October 25th, 2012 at 8:01 am

There is no official opening date, but all references to “fall 2012″ have been removed from the construction walls and based on the still largely empty interior(completely gutted) I don’t expect it to open until Spring at the earliest unless they REALLY ramp up construction.

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JEANY on October 25th, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I wanted to know what is the opening Date for Splitsville? And I love Bowling!

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Bill from GA on October 25th, 2012 at 3:50 pm

We will be there starting Dec 15th for a few days…does anyone know if it will be open by then?

14

Steve from MO on October 25th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

According to a forum I read there will be a “Splitsville Grand Opening Media Event on Dec. 7th”

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Steve from MO on October 25th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

I hope they have a soft opening when we are there the last week of November.

16

Kimberly from OH on October 25th, 2012 at 4:44 pm

Will this be included on the Disney Dining Plan?

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Jay on October 25th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

I’m so excited for this! Can’t wait until we’re back at WDW so we can enjoy Splitsville!

18

Steve on October 25th, 2012 at 9:49 pm

Are they gonna have Leagues?

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michelle on November 4th, 2012 at 4:11 pm

Im just wondering if this truely will be open by winter 2012 , None of the updates have been confirmed in awhile …. !!

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