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.
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…
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).
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.
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…
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!!)