Rainy Day Disney: Splitsville Bowling in Disney Springs

If you’re anything like the typical Disney vacation planner, you come here looking to max out your time in the parks and perhaps enjoy your resort a bit. For the cost of a trip to Walt Disney World, it’s often hard to justify going off the beaten path to some of the other on property offerings. Sometimes it’s nice to explore beyond the main gates, though – whether it’s because you’re a seasoned enough visitor that you want to do something different, or because you’re passing the time on a rainy day, or because you just want some down time with the family.

As locals we have the luxury of time here, so I’m trying to explore some of the things that we missed out on as vacationers—–and one of the spots that’s become a regular weekend hangout for us with the kids (especially as the rainy-ish season sets in!) is Splitsville in Disney Springs.

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You can always find a crowd enjoying the outdoor tables by the bar here. It’s a pretty reliable place to take in the game or just take a load off for a bit. But inside you’ll find a fun little bowling alley with separate bars and a surprisingly great menu!

In fact, the thing that took us aback the most on our first visit was how good the food was…

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Don’t get me wrong – it’s not a signature dining experience. But I was expecting the typical bowling alley pizza and such and it was SO much better. We were waiting a bit for a lane to bowl and were encouraged to have a seat at a table and order awhile. We had a pager that would go off for the lane when it was ready and could take our food with us then.

The current menu includes lots of apps (think sliders, loaded fries, nachos, edamame, and ahi tuna), pizzas, sushi, burgers, and proper entrees that include everything from fish n’ chips to ahi tuna to taco bowls. I got the Fiesta Chicken Bowl ($21…so still Disney prices here) and my husband got a burger ($17).

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The kids got pizza and a hot dog and the hot dog was served New England style on a toasted bread bun.

As for the bowling, it’s a pretty chill setup with pricing by the person and (at least currently) available AP, DVC, and cast member discounts. They currently also honor Tables in Wonderland for food and alcohol.

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The lanes don’t take over the building, but there are plenty of them upstairs and downstairs.

 

You can also have bumpers put up for the game if you’re bowling with littles (or just suck at it like me) and they even have the little ramps that the especially young (or bowling challenged) can use to launch their balls into the lane in a straight line.

And speaking of their bowling balls….look how precious…

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All in all we’re giving two big thumbs up to Splitsville. It’s Disney prices but it’s also a good time when you want to do something a little more relaxed and a little different. And often when we go we just have the kids bowl while we relax, which makes for a much cheaper hour while we enjoy some food and a cocktail.

Have you been to Splitsville yet? What are your favorite things to do on a rainy day at Disney? (And enjoying shorter than usual lines at the parks is absolutely a good answer!!)

Eat This (Maybe): Italy’s Primavera Kitchen at Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival

Let’s start this review with some stark honesty:

Confession 1: True to my family heritage, I love Italian food – but I almost always skip Italy at the festivals because the last thing I want in the Florida sun is pasta and fried shrimp.

Confession 2: I ate this full slate awhile ago but was holding off on the review because I didn’t want to open reviews of my favorite festival of the year with a buzz kill.

All of this being said, let’s tear the bandaid off and get this done.

Italy’s Primavera Kitchen at Epcot’s International Flower and Garden Festival is, of course, located just across the promenade outside the Italy pavilion. While it usually takes me awhile to get to Italy’s festival booth, I was with some dear friends with food restrictions that limited options – so we hit Primavera Kitchen to get the allergy-friendly frittata that they offered and knocked out the rest of the menu at the same time.

So, for starters, I love the Bulls and miss them already and thank them for letting me hang and eat my face off with them after Princess race weekend.

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But if you’re reading this for nothing but the food review you’re probably getting annoyed at this point. So I’ll save you further scrolling and get to it.

Italy offers three savory dishes and one sweet, along with a variety of wines, sparkling options, and an Italian margarita that I still need to get my hands on.

  • Frittata di Asparagi: Asparagus Frittata, Mixed Greens, and Citrus Dressing ($7) (vegetarian) (gluten free)

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I confess that I don’t know the ingredients in this. But as far as I can tell, it’s eggs with asparagus in them with some lightly dressed greens on top. If you really, really want to pay $7 for a small amount of scrambled eggs, I highly recommend this. Otherwise, not so much. Let’s move on.

  • Fritto Misto: Crispy Shrimp, Zucchini, and Spicy Sauces ($8)

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This was pretty bland. Small-ish fried shrimp and zucchini with lots of breading and a generous drizzle of the aptly named “spicy sauces”. It made me feel like I was eating actual calories in Disney World, which is not acceptable. Even if I liked it, I wouldn’t want to eat it in the hot sun…. If this picture makes you want to lick the screen, knock yourself out. Otherwise there are better places to spend your calories and money and then you can just get some firecracker shrimp at P.F. Changs after your trip.

  • Ravioli: Maine Lobster Ravioli with Vodka Sauce ($12)

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These are quite tasty, as they should be for $12. (Yes, that’s $6 per ravioli….) They are nicely cooked and filled with lobster and topped with these funny little things that can only be described as lox-flavored boba balls. (If you don’t like the taste of smoked salmon, do NOT eat the balls.) I don’t really have any complaints here except that they were nothing extraordinary and they cost a fortune. If you’re craving ravioli, they will do the trick.

  • Panna Cotta al Melone: Cantaloupe Panna Cotta ($5.50) (vegetarian) (gluten free)

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This was absolutely lovely. A soft, melon panna cotta with a pretty little square of white chocolate and a fresh raspberry. If you, like many, are aiming to sample at least one food item from each festival booth, the panna cotta should probably be your choice at Primavera Kitchen. It was refreshing and smooth and not overly sweet at all. A perfect dessert for a warm Florida afternoon.

  • Chianti ($8) and Prosecco ($9)

These are lovely. And help to wash down the bitter resentment of eating a $6 ravioli. Enjoy!