When I first started blogging, I used to document things like our family date nights, trips, and general life occurrences…
All that changed however, when I found a scraped photo of my 3 year old (at the time) in a bathing suit on a site that used random photos from the web, and made them available as “free downloadable screen savers.” To say I freaked the eff out was a major understatement…The thought of my sweet, innocent baby being used as a screen saver in the homes of possible pedos was so disturbing to me that I immediately deleted any and all personal posts and photos from my little blog and vowed to never to write about our personal life again.
But here’s the problem with that as I’ve gotten deeper into this blogging thing…
You guys like personal posts. It makes you feel connected to me, and I like that. I don’t want to come across as a cold blogger, who only posts about DIY projects, and home decor. I want you to know us on a personal level too, kind of. You see, here’s what makes it a little interesting…We happen to live near this little place called Disney World (have you heard of it?) and while I promise not to go all Mickey Mouse on you all the time, I had this thought…
Wouldn’t it be a fun, to show you all around my neck of the woods? Take you guys places you may be planning to visit, or want to visit…
After all, my blog’s name is First Home Love Life, so here it is…a little life for you…
A few times a month we do family date nights. It can be anything from just going out to dinner or seeing a movie, or doing a fun activity together. Last night, we decided to surprise my daughter by taking her bowling, but not just to any bowling ally…The one at Downtown Disney in Orlando.
Splitsville is a “luxury” bowling ally on the west side of Downtown Disney. It’s HUGE 2 story facility has 30 bowling lanes, billiards tables, live music on the patio bar, and pretty good food. It was the first time we had ever been there, and it won’t be the last!
When we got there, my daughter was SO EXCITED! She had never been bowling before other than playing on the Wii.
We had made reservations through the Disney World website just to be on the safe side even though we went on a Tuesday night and it wasn’t terribly busy. If you’re planning a trip here though, it’s smart to make reservations everywhere you can when visiting Disney properties to make sure you can get in.
I haven’t been bowling in years, so I’m not up to date with how the prices are now. I thought it was kind of weird how Splitsville had their pricing/time set up, but it worked out and we were able to fit in 3 games within the hour we were allotted. Here’s how it works…
- Weekdays – Daytime: Open to 4:00 PM, $15 per person
- Weekdays – Evening: 4:00 PM to Close, $20 per person
- Saturday and Sunday: $20 per person
- 1 to 3 People: 1 hour
- 4 People: 1 hour and 15 minutes
- 5 People: 1 hour and 30 minutes
- 6 to 8 People: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Basically the price for everyone is the same, but the bigger your party is, the more time you have to play. Since there was only 3 of us, we got an hour.
That price included shoes and balls, so once you paid and gave them your shoe size you moved over to the side where your bowling caddy met you and carried a big plastic bin with your shoes to your lane for you. It was all sorts of bowling fancy shmancy.
As we were putting our shoes on, a waitress promptly greeted us and asked if we wanted anything to drink, and introduced us to the menu. Overall the menu was a mixture of upscale sports bar and sushi bar, but there was a pretty good selection of food to choose from. You can see the whole menu here.
We ordered a Volcano roll (sushi) along with chicken tenders served with buffalo sauce and fries served with a chive sour cream dip.
It came out pretty quickly, and it was honestly the best food I had ever had in a bowling ally before!
One of the many things I really liked about this bowling ally was the bumpers option. While my husband and I didn’t want or need them, they would automatically pop up for my daughter when it was her turn. I thought that was really neat and smart!
After a few fun games of bowling, dancing to the music, and eating until we were stuffed…We headed outside to the outside bar area where they had a live band going.
You could eat out there too if you didn’t feel like bowling and just wanted to enjoy the atmosphere while getting a bite to eat.
And of course no trip to Downtown Disney is complete without a walk around and finishing the night off with a treat!
The “Candy Cauldron” is just a few shops down from Splitsville and they have sweets ranging from character candy apples, to cake pops, to fill your own candy bags.
We definitely will be back to bowl there again, and if you’re ever looking for something to do on your trip to Disney that doesn’t require a park admission then this is you place! It’s just one of the many fun things to do in Downtown Disney whether you’re young or young at heart.
I hope you enjoyed coming along with us, and if you like these kinds of posts then please let me know! I’m going to probably start doing them once a month, and categorizing them so they’re all in one convenient spot of reference for you!
Do you have family date nights regularly? What’s your favorite fun activity to do? I’d love to here about it!
Talk to you soon guys, take care!