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28
Dec 12

The Kinsey Collection Opens at Epcot in 2013

The Kinsey Collection EpcotThe African-American story of determination, courage, hope, struggle and inspiration will be told through more than 40 pieces of art, artifacts, books, sculptures and documents on display at the Walt Disney World Resort. Previews begin in late February and the official opening will take place March 9, 2013.

At Epcot, the American Adventure pavilion will be home to the Kinsey’s personal treasures of African-American art and history, amassed from their travels to 90 countries and dating back to the 17th century.

The Kinsey Collection is the intersection where art and history meet, a virtual history book opened wide, giving voice to untold stories of accomplishment and contribution. The Kinsey Collection, at the American Heritage Gallery, will be included in Epcot admission.


27
Dec 12

Mini Indulgence Culinary Delights at Senses Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort

Mini Indulgence Culinary Delights Disney grand floridian spa

Senses, a Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort, invites guests on a journey to relax, renew or imagine determined by treatment choice. Spa goers can sample tasty miniature carrot zucchini cupcakes (or dark chocolate banana, depending on season), plus cucumber-basil infused water, and antioxidant gummies with flavors like mango curry. The sensory treatment continues with flavorful and soothing elixirs, variations in lighting color, and music that harmonize with the respective journey. The spa recently opened at the Walt Disney World Resort.


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Dec 12

Downtown Disney’s Splitsville – It’s So Much More Than a Bowling Alley

What do you get when you mix a dance floor, billiards, bars, bowling and good food? A very happy “Amanda”… Or Splitsville Luxury Lanes at Downtown Disney West Side.

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

This massive two-story building, in its former life, was home to the Virgin Megastore, but I must admit that I love this iteration much much more.

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

From the moment you walk through the doors you can just feel the funk. This place has a retro rad vibe!  It doesn’t feel like a sterile run-of-the-mill bowling alley and you won’t be overwhelmed by the smell of Lysol. Splitsville is crisp and clean and downright beautiful!

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Yes, yes…it is a bowling alley at its core, but its also a fabulous restaurant and sushi bar with craft beer and specialty cocktails. You can come in and slide into one of the cushy booths, high tops or belly up to one of the many bars and just kick it with your family and friends.  You don’t even have to bowl to enjoy what Splitsville has to offer!

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

What gets me really excited about Splitsville is that we finally have something to do at Walt Disney World “after hours’!!! Most restaurants and lounges property wide are closed by midnight leaving the night owl guests scratching their heads wondering what to do. Splitsville is going to fill that gap as it will be open daily from 10am – 2am!!!

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Billiards will run you $9 per hour per table.

Bowling is priced at $20 + tax per person for 1.5 hours inclusive of shoe rentals during peak times of 5-10pm. That price is reduced to $15 + tax per person per 1.5 hours during non peak hours.

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

The venue has 20 lanes upstairs and 10 lanes downstairs.  There’s also an outdoor bar and patio on the second level with amazing views of Downtown Disney West Side!

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

That’s Cirque du Soleil and House of Blues…

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

This is the view looking down towards Pleasure Island and the AMC Theaters…

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

I was lucky enough to attend two private events here prior to the official grand opening (one as media and one as part of the Disney Parks Blog Meet Up) and let me tell you, the food was ah-maze-ing! I love the selection of craft beers that they had. You can check out the entire menu at Splitsville.com.  They have everything from hand rolled sushi to pizza to salads to sliders to steaks!  If I can’t get a lane I will definitely still come in for a bite to eat here. And BTW… according to their Facebook Page, they will be accepting the Disney Dining Plan and your Key to the World Card!

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

When you do come to bowl, you will get VIP service all the way. Upon entering the Luxury Lanes you will put your name in with the hostess.  When your lane is ready, your party will be escorted by a staff member with a basket containing your bowling shoes to your assigned lane. Each lane has its own individual booth with a full size table…no flimsy table with swivel chairs attached.  You won’t have to make your way to the bar either. Each lane has their own wait staff who will take your food and drink orders and bring them right to your booth.

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

I was blown over by the attentiveness of the staff at Splitsville.  These folks have definitely been trained in “the Disney way”. Although not officially owned by Disney, you won’t be able to tell the difference once you’re here. The guest service is seamless from park to Luxury Lanes!  I can’t remember the last time I was THIS excited about a new venue at Walt Disney World.  Splitsville Orlando definitely lived up to the hype! I foresee Splitsville as being a local fan favorite. My family had a blast bowling, eating and drinking.

Splitsville Bowling Downtown Disney

Splitsville officially opened today!  As of right now lane reservations are not being accepted, its first come first served. For more info visit SplitsvilleLanes.com or call 407-938-PINS.

My family and I were provided complementary bowling and food at Splitsville. I was not required to write this post and all opinions are my own.


11
Dec 12

Disney Dapper Dans Sing Boy Band Songs and Give Guests a Laugh

My friend John Frost over at The Disney Blog captured some great footage last week at our media event showcasing “What’s New and What’s Next” at Walt Disney World. This was fun! As you can tell from the crowd’s reaction. Can’t wait to see the “Dans” performing these songs on Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom!


10
Dec 12

Retro Walt Disney World Magic Kingdom Video Brochure from 1984

Anyone else see something out of place in the piece about the People Mover?