Disney’s new Splitsville bowling lanes at downtown Disney

Disney's Splitsville bowling at Downtown Disney

Disney’s new Splitsville, the retro-themed bowling center, has opened its doors to the public. This upscale bowling, dining, and entertainment venue features 30 bowling lanes, live music, amble seating, pool tables, and several bars where guests can enjoy their favorite foods and drinks.

This brand new entertainment center is a welcome addition to Downtown Disney’s WestSide. Discover 50,000 square feet of retro interior with fabulous food, dancing, outdoor patio dining, two sushi bars, and over 60 flat screen TVs.

This retro-style bowling center is designed to give families a sense of their own private space. Splitsville combines bowling with billiards, music, dining, and nightlife. The onsite restaurant features a menu created by one of Food & Wine magazine’s “Best New Chefs” in 2008.
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Disney’s Characters in Flight balloon ride down

Disney's hot air balloon ride down

One of the more eye catching attractions at Downtown Disney marketplace is the Characters in Flight balloon ride. Located in the west side area, this unique ride has an enclosed “basket” attached to a helium filled balloon.

The balloon is red and yellow with Disney characters of Peter Pan and friends flying across it. It is tethered by cables so it only goes up so high and out over the water it sits next to.

Well your not going to see it for a while! That’s because Disney suddenly stopped the attraction after the same type of balloon and operated by French company Aerophile sprung a leak and crashed in Hong Kong.
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Disney Festival of the Masters 2011 art show at Downtown Disney

2011 Disney Festival of the Masters art show

If your an art fan, then you don’t want to miss the Disney Festival of the Masters 2011 art show at Downtown Disney! This amazing outdoor art show will showcase all kinds of top artist from around the world.

By artist I don’t mean just paintings, although there will be plenty there. But also you will see glass blowers, sculptors, clay art, many types of woodworking, specialty art of all kinds and many other wonderful art mediums on display.

The Disney Festival of the Masters art show is one of my favorite shows, I always go and take lots of pictures. This year it will be from November 11, 2011 To November 13, 2011.
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Disney’s Pleasure Island makeover stalled again

Downtown Disney pleasure island makeover stalled

For many locals here in Orlando, Disney’s Pleasure Island used to be a great place to go for late night adult entertainment. They had several cool nightclubs to go to and good restaurants.

Mannequins nightclub (not sure if I spelled that right) was very cool with live dancers, two floors and a revolving dance floor. When I worked 3rd shift at Disney I use to go there before my shift and hang out a lot.

Disney closed Pleasure Island a few years ago, the reason they gave was that is was not making enough and it did not fit their family friendly theme. Actually they closed the clubs; you can still walk through the area and a few small shops are still open.
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Downtown Disney summer sale for annual passholders!

trick or treating at Disney downtown Marketplace

Hey everyone, I just wanted to give you a heads up if your a Disney Annual passholder. Disney gives annual passholders lots of neat deals and specials throughout the year, and this is one of them.

From 6:30 to 9 A.M. July 23th 2011 at the Disney Downtown Marketplace you can get up to 75% off your favorite select Disney merchandise. I’m not sure if all the Disney stores will participate in this or not.

There also will be special door busters and surprise markdowns. So those will add some excitement to the sale I’m sure! Please note the time, which is in the morning, NOT the evening.

Annual passholders always go to these sales in big numbers, so be early and ready. No sign-up is necessary, just show up. Guests must show valid Disney passholder IDs and government-issued photo IDs to enter the store at the time of purchase.

You can do an early Christmas shopping during this and save a lot on Disney merchandise. I’m not a morning person myself, but if you are then check out this Disney annual passholder summer sale at Disney’s Downtown Marketplace and save!

Walt Disney World’s Festival Of The Masters 2009

walt disney world festival of the masters 2009

For those who don’t know, Walt Disney World is holding their 34th annual Festival Of The Masters at downtown Disney on Nov. 13 to 15th. So just what is the Festival Of The Masters? It’s an art show, featuring top artist from all over. The types of arts you can see here is a wide range of items. Pottery, glass blowing, paintings, photograph, wood working, jewelry and all types of custom made crafts.

This year there will be nearly 150 artist showcasing their unique arts and crafts. Some of the things you see here are amazing and you can’t find anywhere else. I loved the guy who made life-like bust of women and men, they looked ready to talk to you!

Whatever type of arts and crafts you like your sure to find something here you love. The artist will put up booths all over the downtown Disney area. Besides the artist, there will be live entertainment, art shows for kids, a chalk artist display and much more.

Over at Cirque du Soleil La Nouba in the downtown Disney area you can meet the performers and have your kids enjoy face painting and balloons. Also if your a Disney pin lover check out the pin traders location, the biggest Disney pin trading and swapping store in the Disney resort.

Then of course you can go shopping at the dozens of Disney stores at downtown Disney, and eat at several restaurants and food shops. Disney’s Festival Of The Masters 2009 is an art lovers dream and one you don’t want to miss!