The 50,000 square foot establishment replaces the surprisingly popular Virgin Megastore. Splitsville is promising not only bowling, but billiards, dining, and music/dancing.
Let's face it, since the closing of Pleasure Island, nighttime at downtown Disney has comprised of eating at mediocre restaurants, overpriced shopping, the hate-it-or-love-it Cirque de Soleil, and the awfully awful Disney Quest.
I, for one, am really excited to see Splitsville. I like to bowl and play pool, so if prices aren't completely ridiculous, I could certainly see spending some time there after the parks close. What worries me about Splitsville is that it could wind up being a miserable experience because there is NOTHING else to do late at night other than what I mentioned above. I picture something like Dave and Buster's in a small city where there are literally no other options. It attracts kids (games), adults (alcohol) and families (one stop for an evening of entertainment). Couple that with the fact that I am certain Disney will provide a coupon for a free game or two in the Magic Your Way package and you may have to reserve your bowling experience like you reserve everything else at Disney just to manage crowds.
I have always liked about bowling because you can just decide to do on a whim. If its not "league night" they can probably squeeze you in on a lane and you'll have a decent time. Looking at the Splitsville website, they already allow for reservations for their other locations, so I would imagine Orlando will be no different.
Put another nail in the coffin for spontaneity at Disney World. Still, it is tough to pass up new entertainment options, so I will probably fall in line and love it...
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