Wholesome, classic entertainment is a ball for the entire family at the new Downtown Disney Splitsville in Anaheim. This hot spot in the heart of the Disneyland Resort offers bowling, dining and more. And because of the family friendly environment, this might become one of your favorite restaurants at the Disneyland Resort! Keep reading for what you need to know before visiting Splitsville Anaheim with kids.
Splitsville Anaheim with Kids
Several years ago I had the chance to visit Splitsville Luxury Lanes in Orlando and enjoyed an evening of specialty drinks, great food and of course, bowling! I have recently been able to enjoy the new location closer to me, Splitsville Anaheim. It was an adults-only visit the first two times. But of course my mommy-side was thinking about how much the kids would enjoy playing at Splitsville in Downtown Disney District. I’ve since been able to bring my younger two kids (aged 3 and 7) and have come up with a few family tips for visiting Splitsville Anaheim with kids.
What is Splitsville at Downtown Disney?
Splitsville Luxury Lanes is a bowling alley/restaurant that is ideal for an off-day from Disneyland. If you’re staying at a Disneyland Resort hotel, a visit to Splitsville for an evening of bowling fun, dining, and adult drinks would be ideal when not visiting the parks.
From the Splitsville Lanes Anaheim website:
There’s a new game in town featuring 20 luxury bowling lanes on two floors and fantastic views of the Downtown Disney® District. With 600 dining seats, two craft cocktail bars, two bustling kitchens and a prominent covered patio with a stage that will feature live music 365 days a year, Splitsville offers a one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment experience in a California-cool environment.
This new Splitsville Anaheim stands on the spot of the former House of Blues location inside the Downtown Disney District. Guests visiting Downtown Disney will receive 3 hours of parking with validation and a $20 minimum purchase or up to 5 hours of parking with validation from any Downtown Disney table-service restaurant (including Splitsville!).
You’ll want to park in the Downtown Disney District parking lot, not the Disneyland Hotel parking lot. Keep your Downtown Disney parking validation in a safe place. And don’t forget to submit it for validation when you pay your bill!
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Bowling at Splitsville Anaheim
Guests visiting the Anaheim Splitsville have their choice of just dining or bowling and dining together. Reservations are highly recommended for both (you can make Advance Dining Reservations on the Disneyland or Splitsville Anaheim websites). No reservations? Don’t that deter you from asking at the desk if there’s availability. You may have good luck getting in during a mid-week lunch or in slower seasons.
Upon check-in, there are two lines. At the left of the entrance is a line-up just for dining. On the right, get into queue if you’re both bowling and dining.
At the counter, the Splitsville employee will ask who is playing, names and shoe sizes. They will enter the information into the system so it’s ready for you at your lane. All you need to do is press a button on the tablet at your lane to start the first game.
I have never taken very young children bowling, so I wasn’t sure there would be bowling shoes available for my just-turned-three year old. Rest assured, they told me they have bowling shoes in all sizes, even teeny-tiny ones! Your bowling shoes will be added to a tote bag and delivered to your lane so you can change out your shoes. There are Splitsville socks available for purchase at the front desk, if you need them.
Decor and Layout inside Splitsville Luxury Lanes
Splitsville offers a retro-style that feels fresh and modern. The artwork inside Splitsville reflects a California vibe. Orange County is represented on the large murals throughout the 40,000-square-foot space. Natural light pours in during the day and offers a wonderful view of the busy Downtown Disney area below.
In the dining and bar areas, there is a wide variety of seating including booths, tables & chairs and bar stools. Our bowling lane/dining area had both a bench seat and low stools. There are high chairs for the youngest.
Splitsville is very large but doesn’t feel overwhelming. The areas are sectioned off which helps to minimize the noise of the crashing bowling pins! There are some sections inside and out that feature comfortable lounging furniture, conducive to relaxing with a drink. I also think that the small sections make it easier to keep the kids close by. Outside patio dining is covered.
Lest you forget that you’re at Disneyland, the bowling balls will remind you! You’ll notice Mickey’s face is etched into many of the candy-colored balls. You’ll find balls in a large variety of sizes with finger holes and weights that work for all ages.
Splitsville Anaheim Menu
While bowling is a highlight at Splitsville, there were tons of people just dining and not bowling. This will indicate that Splitsville in Anaheim is a legit restaurant and not just a bowling alley! I’ve been able to try several of each of the appetizers, entrees, kid’s meals and dessert from the Splitsville menu. I’ll share some of my tips and reviews on Splitsville dining.
The appetizers at Splitsville are definitely big enough to share. In fact, several times we’ve just ordered a variety to share between us at the table. I’ve had the opportunity to sample many of the appetizers off the Splitsville menu.
The Loaded Fries are irresistible and definitely a must. Perfectly crispy fries are smothered with queso blanco, bacon, ranch dressing and scallions.
The Macho Nachos with ground beef and jalapenos were just okay for me. They were fine but I prefer to order something that I couldn’t make myself at home. The colored chips are fun though!
My son ordered the chicken tenders on the kids meal, but they are also served as an appetizer. These are big tenders that are hand-battered with Parmesan breading so they’re nicely crispy but not tough.
Splitsville Anaheim Pizza and Flatbread
House-made crusts with a variety of pizza topping sure to please everyone in your group. I’ve tried several varieties but come back to my favorite each time. My favorite food at Splitsville Anaheim? The Fig & Prosciutto! Since my last visit, Splitsville has changed the dish slightly. It’s no longer listed under the pizzas on the menu but sold as the “Fig and Pig Flatbread”.
The unlikely combo includes mozzarella and goat cheese, fresh figs, fig jam, maraschino onions and prosciutto, then topped with arugula. It is absolutely DELICIOUS. Of course they also offer the usual flavors like pepperoni and meat lovers as well. The pizzas are a great value and very tasty!
If you’re looking for a full meal, consider a burger, chicken sandwich, bowl or salad. Also the sushi at the Splitsville Orlando location was a highlight of their menu and I’d expect the same here in Anaheim. Dishes are very big so consider sharing.
The Big Fish sandwich is gigantic and definitely could be split in two. It’s topped with cole slaw and served alongside fries or with a side salad. PS: That’s the side salad in the background and it’s also very big!
This Chicken Chopped Salad has an amazing mix of flavors, with tomatoes, red onion, bacon, blue cheese and avocado that’s mixed with creamy balsamic Parmesan dressing. So good and again, it’s enormous. My group ordered one and shared it between the five of us so we could all have some greens.
Drinks and Cocktails at Splitsville Downtown Disney
Have time in your Disneyland vacation for a date night? Splitsville would be a perfect place for your grown-up evening out! Splitsville has two craft cocktail bars with lots of indoor & outdoor seating. I was able to sample several of the delicious cocktails during my visits at Splitsville.
The Local includes Rum Haven Coconut Water Rum, fresh pineapple, lime juice and simple syrup. The coconut on top was unexpected and delicious.
Blue Flame is made with Deep Eddy Lemon Vodka, blue curacao, lemon juice and simple syrup. This one is a great combination of sweet and tart (and so pretty; perfect for that ideal Instagram shot!).
For something more sophisticated, try the Berry Lavender. It combines strawberries and raspberries, muddled in blackberry jam. Lavender
Vodka, agave and lemon juice top it off and it’s served with a sprig of rosemary and lemon twist. Probably nothing like they serve at the bowling alley back home, right?
If cocktails aren’t your thing, beer on tap and in bottles, wine and soft drinks are also available (as well as juice, milk, Icee and water for the kiddies).
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Bowling at Splitsville Anaheim with Kids
What makes Splitsville a luxury bowling experience? In addition to the more upscale dining and drink choices, the bowling lanes at Splitsville are different than what you might be used to seeing at your local bowling alley. The 20 lanes are spread out into different locations throughout the building. No endless rows in a noisy alley!
Naturally with many families coming to Splitsville at Disneyland, you shouldn’t have any issue finding light-weight bowling balls or rental bowling shoes for kids. There are also specific lanes that feature pop-up gutter bumpers and ball ramps for young guests.
When you check in for your reservation, you’ll be asked names of each person playing. The employee will enter it in for you as well as add the automatic pop-up bumpers for those who need it. There are also lane ramps available. Just slide it over for your toddler or preschool and add the ball on top. Your little one can just push the ball down! With these special aids, your kid may score higher than you! Ahem, my 7-year old totally beat me (twice!).
Dining at Splitsville Anaheim with Kids
Yes, there are some upscale dishes on the Splitsville menu, but don’t worry about the kids! There’s also an extensive kid’s menu with kid-friendly meals like pizza, chicken tenders and pasta. My kids ordered two dishes and then shared between the two of them. Must have been good because they ate almost every bite!
My kids were thrilled with their souvenir sippers shaped like a bowling pin! You can fill it at the Coke Freestyle machines located inside Splitsville with soda. Or your server can fill it with juice, milk, or an Icee. I requested chocolate milk for my preschooler.
Consider coming in just for dessert and bowling too! The desserts are all sharing-sized and very family-friendly, of course. The Super Sundae is a basic ice cream treat but they also offer Ghirardelli brownies, cake slices and more.
It can get a little messy eating in between bowling, especially when kids are getting up and down from the table. Request a lot of napkins from your server or consider bringing some wet wipes. I noticed that the balls tend to get a bit oily and slippery, probably with all the greasy finger foods! Use caution when holding a heavy ball that it doesn’t slip out of your hands!
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Splitsville Disneyland Prices
Prices for bowling at Splitsville Anaheim vary on the day of the week and the time you visit. On Monday through Friday, the best price ($19 per bowler) happens from open to 4 pm. There’s a slight cost increase ($24 per bowler) from 4pm to close. Visit on Saturday or Sunday and the price will be $24 per bowler all day.
The length of time you’ll receive to play will be dependent upon how many guests are in your party. Note that there isn’t separate pricing for kids at Splitsville Anaheim. My kids and I were a party of 3 and we were allotted 1 hour and 15 minutes. This allowed us to play almost 2 full games in-between eating.
Dining prices are on the higher end but portions are very big. I’d recommend getting a few platters to share as meals are large.
When is the Best Time to Visit Splitsville Anaheim with Kids?
I visited the Splitsville Lanes location on an autumn Thursday, around 4:30 pm. The parks were packed with HalloweenTime guests, but inside Splitsville, it was still fairly quiet. There were only a few other guests inside at the time. But by the time I left at 8 pm, the entire place was hopping!
If you’re planning a visit to Splitsville Anaheim with kids, I’d recommend visiting at “off times”, ideally before the dinner rush to take advantage of lighter crowds. Reservations are the way to go! Guests can book either a meal-only reservation, book a bowling lane or even a birthday party celebration. A visit to Splitsville would be a fun way to celebrate a birthday at the Disneyland Resort.
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