Disney Season: Fall 2012
Fall 2012 Brings a Pirate's Life for You, New Downtown Disney Entertainment Complex, Test Track 2.0 and Many More Treats to Walt Disney World Resort
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. -As the weather cools down this fall, entertainment at Walt Disney World Resort heats up with new experiences offering guests a chance to strike up fun at a new bowling and entertainment complex, immerse themselves in the world of Jack Sparrow, become automotive designers, see zebras up close on safari, and much more.
Here's a look at what's in store…
Splitsville: bowling re-imagined
The age-old image of bowling is about to change with the new opening of Splitsville, America's Bowling Alley, at Downtown Disney West Side this fall.
Splitsville's 50,000 square feet, two-story location will be unlike traditional bowling alleys — with 30 lanes separated into several clusters to create a one-of-a-kind perspective immersed in hip and retro elements. The Downtown Disney location also will boast billiard tables, live entertainment, a dramatic balcony and ample outdoor seating.
Placing a whole new spin on the bowling experience with its emphasis on unique design, Splitsville will greet guests with upscale sushi bars, plush booths and dynamic decor overlooking the bowling lanes. Between strikes and spares, guests can feast on menu items including hand-tossed pizza, fresh-rolled sushi, grilled mahi-mahi with "Voodoo" shrimp and hand-cut filets alongside alley-classics such as cheeseburgers and crinkle-cut fries served right at the lane. For more information, visit www.splitsvillelanes.com.
Enjoy 'best' eats and sips from around the world
New vegan and fresh-from-Florida dishes will debut along with international bites and sips at the 17th annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival Sept. 28-Nov. 12. The 46-day culinary event — named one of the "Best Food and Wine Festivals" on the Travel Channel web site — adds an extra day of festival fun this year and rocks the park with top music acts during daily Eat to the Beat! pop concerts.
Authentic Taste seminars, HGTV home-entertaining presentations and most event experiences are included with regular Epcot admission. To book special festival programs like Mixology Seminars, Culinary Demonstrations and the Party for the Senses grand tasting events, guests can call 407/WDW-FEST (939-3378). Information for select events and programs will be updated periodically this summer at www.disneyworld.com/foodandwine.
Design, then test drive! The new Test Track Presented by Chevrolet
A re-imagined, design-centric Test Track Presented by Chevrolet will debut in fall with a sleek new "Chevrolet Design Center at Epcot." Amid upbeat music, engaging media, dramatic lighting and a collection of Chevrolet concept cars and model vehicles, guests themselves will become automotive designers and create their own custom concept vehicles.
The adventure will then shift into high gear as guests buckle into their 6-person "SimCar" ride vehicle and put their design through its paces on the exhilarating hills, switchbacks and straight-aways of the Test Track circuit. Their performance testing complete, guests will move into a post-show area filled with special effects and be scored on how well their custom concept vehicle did.