Splitsville to bring upscale bowling, billiards to Downtown Disney at Walt Disney World

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Today Disney announced a new entertainment addition for Walt Disney World’s Downtown Disney called Splitsville. The chain of restaurants offers bowling and billiards with “luxury lanes” in an “upscale” setting.

The new 50,000-square-foot venue will replace RIDEMAKERZ, currently located on the West Side (in the former Virgin Megastore location). RIDEMAKERZ which will relocate to the Marketplace side. Inside, guests will be able to have fun and eat from a menu that includes sliders, sushi, pizza, and a variety of other appetizers, entrees and desserts.

And after 8pm, guests are encouraged to wear evening attire as Splitsville turns to adult-oriented nightlife. In fact, other Splitsville locations require guests to be age 21 and up to enter after 8pm. It’s not yet clear whether this policy will continue at the Walt Disney World location, a traditional home of family-friendly entertainment.

The closest existing Splitsville location to Orlando is currently open in Tampa, Fla. (one of four in the country). The photos below show what Splitsville looks likde inside the Tampa location, giving an indication of what the Downtown Disney version may look like:

In the Downtown Disney Update, Disney did not specifically mention Hyperion Wharf, which is the entertainment and dining district announced to replace Pleasure Island. But they did offer an excuse for its delay:

“Over on Pleasure Island, we’ve completed removing some of the buildings that aren’t part of our future plans. During the course of this site work, we identified opportunities to further refine our master plan and are pausing to evaluate them. What does this mean for you? While we’re moving quickly, it will admittedly cause a delay in construction. But we’re willing to bet that any delay will be worth the wait once we’re able to share details about the exciting work we’ve been doing.”

Construction on Splitsville will begin this fall with no opening date set.


  1. HeyHeyJP

    The only ‘delay worth the wait’ would be if they finally realized they needed to put back The Adventurer’s Club. Otherwise . . . *snore*

  2. Skipper Ben

    Pretty cool place, although the one here next to my house in North Texas just closed down. It is pretty upscale, hopefully they will relax the “rules” the enforce to help make the place more family friendly.

  3. This place is going to look fantastic! I always thought that Ridemakerz took up too little space in a big building. I can’t wait to visit when this is all completed!

    I hope that they don’t use the “we’re making changes to the plan” to delay the project for the next couple of years. I hope they really are doing what they say they’re doing.

  4. Gary

    Disney taking out the Adventurer’s Club, and most of the clubs in Pleasure Island was and is a mistake of epic proportions, which makes the Casey Anthony trial decision look mild. Pleasure Island was outstanding its day day and with some modification, could have become much more family oriented and still an option for folks looking for something more than standard Disney. They have basically cut the area in half, tore down buildings to put in grass. Downtown Disney is an outside mall gone wrong with trite dinner offerings at best. A balloon which cant go up in rain, wind or storms. Give me a break. Boring waste of space in attempt to make a little extra money. Disney losing forest for trees and has cheapened out food, other offerings which don’t turn a huge profit. They will continue to loose growth as they have the past several years with this approach.

  5. Jones

    Bowling? Billiards? When I go to WDW, I want to get away from it all, from the things I see every day back home – bowling and billiards are *not* the things that I want to do on my hard earned vacation…

  6. Victoria

    It would be really cool if they hosted NCAA bowling tournaments there!

  7. Jeany Sanchez

    I can’t wait to play in the new Splitsville in downtown Disney!

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