Disney has a bowling alley, Splitsville Luxury Lanes, and its actually quite fun. Disney is hard at work ‘rebranding’ and renovating the old ‘Downtown Disney, Disney Marketplace and Pleasure Island’ area into ‘Disney Springs’ and we think this place will be amazing when it’s completed. Diving by the area finds lots of construction of the roads as well as buildings.
We found a snazzy new parking garage on the side of the complex that houses Cirque Du Sole’s LaNuba. There are electronic signs that are constantly updating the number of empty parking spots on each level. Pick a level and you will see these little lights over each parking spot. They are green if the spot is open and off if it’s full, so you can see at a glance where the open spot is! Only in Disney right?! Oh, and parking in Disney Springs is FREE and so is the entrance into the area.
Most of the building construction is being done on what was once Pleasure Island, which was Disney’s answer to the adult night club scene. While it once was quite popular, tastes change and now come in more shopping and restaurants and some smaller bars.
There is plenty open to see here and you can spend most of a day exploring all of the shopping and restaurants. We loved the amphi-cars launch, which are classic cars that turn into boats to take on the lake!
Prices at most of the restaurants are what you’d expect at Disney and are a bit on the high side. There are some bargain ‘express’ places that can fit the budget traveler, but you need to plan ahead. We were walking by the Splitsville Luxury Lanes, an upscale bowling alley complex with a restaurant and decided to stop in for a bite to eat. While we were taken upstairs to our table, we realized that this was the old Virgin Record/Megastore of years past. Remember CDs?
The menu is comfort food with sandwiches, burgers, appetizer and some entrees.
The vibe is definitely blowing alley, but the décor was more upscale than those from the Coke ‘n Bowl leagues of long ago. Service was quick and we had our appetizer in maybe 15 minutes.
Crispy Wings ($13) – 10 crispy wings served naked or tossed with your choice of sauce: Buffalo, Asian BBQ or Hot Sriracha. We chose the wings naked with Buffalo on the side and they arrived as ordered.
They were larger then some chains, but we found they were just regular ‘ole’ wings. The coating was thin, but had a bit of a ‘processed taste’. The Buffalo sauce quickly rectified the problem.
Bacon Cheeseburger ($16) – The Classic with cheese and crispy bacon, served with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. Our server was great and had the burger and fries split in half, since we were splitting it.
While the burger was good, we felt the $16 price tag was way too high. The bacon was too thin and really could have been left off completely and we wouldn’t have known. The crinkle fries were another story completely.
These were freshly-made, crisp and we loved the seasoning they added. While we were finishing up our meal, we noticed a huge plate of loaded fries go by. This was the biggest plate of loaded fries we had ever seen and Jeff was already planning our next visit to give them a try. I guess I’ll have to go along.
Summary, Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a cool spot to hang out and grab a quick bite to eat. Prices are a bit steep, but this is Disney. Located at 1494 E Buena Vista Drive, Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830.