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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby Taylor Finn » Thu Nov 15, 2012 1:32 pm

I think this will add some much needed flair and life to Downtown Disney at night. The whole area has been a bit lacking for a while. I just hope they don't charge highway robbery for the food. Sure, it will be more expensive than their other locations. 15% or so would be fine, not 40.

I am absolutely looking forward to checking this place out when it opens. The structure looked ridiculously large back in May when I visited.

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Postby Jew » Fri Nov 16, 2012 1:54 am

^Not only nightlife, but also another great "take a break from the parks" option while staying at the resort!
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Postby SharkTums » Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:51 am

I can only imagine how well Splitsville will do. It's certainly something our little group will take part in on a regular basis!

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Postby cfc » Fri Nov 16, 2012 5:56 am

I've always been a lousy bowler, but even I like what they're doing with Splitsville. I remember hearing jokes about "bowling alley sushi"--but now they've come true!
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Postby gisco » Fri Nov 16, 2012 2:55 pm

I would do it for a night off from the parks. Sounds like a lot of fun.

How is the dine in at the theater going over? Haven't heard much since it opened.

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Postby jray21 » Fri Nov 16, 2012 11:10 pm

I think it will be a lot of fun. I would definitely give it a few visits. A TPR takeover would be a lot of fun!
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Postby chadster » Mon Nov 19, 2012 3:13 pm

Disney to shut down online movie store

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- The Walt Disney Co. is shutting down its Web movie service, Disney Movies Online, saying the site wasn't keeping up with user demands.

In an email to users, the company said the site would be closed as of Dec. 31.

The site allowed visitors to buy and rent movies from the Disney library, including films made by its subsidiary Pixar. It also allowed people who purchased physical discs to stream the movies from the website.

On Monday, movies on the site no longer appeared to be available for purchase or rental. The site said people who had already redeemed disc purchases can continue to stream the movies on the site through the end of the year. People who bought movies on the site previously are being offered refunds.

"The digital environment is rapidly evolving and Disney Movies Online does not have the flexibility that many users today demand," a Disney spokesperson said in a statement. "We made a business decision to close the service until we are able to provide the greatest value and experience to our customers."

Disney did not announce when its expected replacement service, Disney Movies Anywhere, would be launched.

Disney Movies Online did not attract many customers and had limited capabilities. Users couldn't download their digital movies for offline playback, there was no support for connected devices like game consoles, and it only offered movies for streaming on Web browsers.

Disney is the only studio of the six Hollywood majors that has declined to participate in UltraViolet, a standard that gives consumers the ability to view their movie purchases on multiple devices. It is developing its own technology called KeyChest that performs a similar function.

Studios hope that giving consumers the ability to do more with their movie purchases will help boost sales.

Since launching in October of last year, UltraViolet has had about 6 million people sign up.

For the nine months through September, U.S. sales of DVD and Blu-ray discs were down 3.8 percent at $5.4 billion, according to the industry consortium, The Digital Entertainment Group.

More people are turning to subscription video services like Netflix and digital rentals through video-on-demand services connected to their TVs. When factoring in digital forms of movie consumption, U.S. home video revenue is up 1 percent at $12.3 billion this year.


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Re: Walt Disney World Resort Non-Park Discussion Thread

Postby jedimaster1227 » Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:49 am

http://www.orlandosentinel.com/the-daily-disney/os-golf-disney-droppped-from-pga-schedule-1210,0,4039092,full.story

The PGA Tour has dropped the Children's Miracle Network Hospitals Classic hosted annually at Disney World from its 2013 schedule.

The event also lost its title sponsor and its future is unclear.

“It was a mutual decision between us and the Tour,” said Tony Morreale, the sports public relations manager at Disney World. “Really over the years, our sports business and our golf business has changed a lot so that’s kind of where it came from.”

Sponsorship deal didn’t play a factor in the decision according to Morreale, who also said that this past tournament was the last.

“We’ve come to an agreement with the tour that this past year was the final year with the tour,” Morreale said. “We enjoyed our great 40 year-plus relationship with them. There have been some great moments through the years. Obviously, we wish them all the best.”

The Disney tournament was traditionally the last stop for players hoping to make enough money to earn their PGA Tour cards for the following year, providing some drama to the event late on the calendar. However, in 2013, the PGA is moving to using FedEx Cup points as the measuring stick for those who retain their cards rather than the money list.

As a result of the decision to drop the Disney tournament, the Arnold Palmer Invitational at Bay Hill from March 18-24 will be Orlando's sole PGA Tour event.

Disney first began hosting a PGA golf event in 1971. The event has primarily been played on the Disney Palm and Magnolia golf courses.

Here is the full 2013 PGA Tour schedule:

Hyundai Tournament of Champions Dec. 31-Jan. 7
Kapalua Resort (Plantation), Kapalua, Hawaii TV: Golf Channel

Sony Open in Hawaii Jan. 7-13
Waialae Country Club, Honolulu, Hawaii TV: Golf Channel

Humana Challenge in partnership with the Clinton Foundation Jan. 14-20
PGA West (*Palmer, Nicklaus)/La Quinta CC, La Quinta, Calif. TV: Golf Channel

Farmers Insurance Open Jan. 21-27
Torrey Pines (*South, North), San Diego, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Waste Management Phoenix Open Jan. 28-Feb. 3
TPC Scottsdale (Stadium), Scottsdale, Ariz. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am Feb. 4-10
Pebble Beach/Spyglass Hill/Monterey Peninsula (Shore), Pebble Beach, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Northern Trust Open Feb. 11-17
Riviera Country Club, Pacific Palisades, Calif. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship Feb. 18-24
Ritz-Carlton GC (Dove Mountain), Marana, Ariz. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

The Honda Classic Feb. 25-March 3
PGA National (Champion), Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

World Golf Championships-Cadillac Championship March 4-10
Doral Golf Resort (TPC Blue Monster), Doral, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

Puerto Rico Open presented by seepuertorico.com March 4-10
Trump International Puerto Rico, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico TV: Golf Channel

Tampa Bay Championship March 11-17
Innisbrook Resort & GC (Copperhead), Palm Harbor, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

Arnold Palmer Invitational presented by MasterCard March 18-24
Bay Hill Golf Club and Lodge, Orlando, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

Shell Houston Open March 25-31
Redstone GC (Tournament), Houston, Texas TV: Golf Channel/NBC

Valero Texas Open April 1-7
TPC San Antonio (AT&T Oaks), San Antonio, Texas TV: Golf Channel/NBC

Masters Tournament April 8-14
Augusta National GC, Augusta, Ga. TV: ESPN/CBS

RBC Heritage April 15-21
Harbour Town GL, Hilton Head Island, S.C. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Zurich Classic of New Orleans April 22-28
TPC Louisiana, New Orleans, La. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Wells Fargo Championship April 29-May 5
Quail Hollow Club, Charlotte, N.C. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

THE PLAYERS Championship May 6-12
TPC Sawgrass (Stadium), Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

HP Byron Nelson Championship May 13-19
Four Seasons Las Colinas (TPC Four Seasons), Irving, Texas TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Crowne Plaza Invitational at Colonial May 20-26
Colonial Country Club, Fort Worth, Texas TV: Golf Channel/CBS

the Memorial Tournament presented by Nationwide Insurance May 27-June 2
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin, Ohio TV: Golf Channel/CBS

FedEx St. Jude Classic June 3-9
TPC Southwind, Memphis, Tenn. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

U.S. Open # June 10-16
Merion Golf Club, Ardmore, Pa. TV:ESPN/NBC

Travelers Championship June 17-23
TPC River Highlands, Cromwell, Conn. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

AT&T National June 24-30
Congressional Country Club, Bethesda, Md. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

The Greenbrier Classic July 1-7
The Greenbrier (The Old White TPC), White Sulphur Springs, W.V. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

John Deere Classic July 8-14
TPC Deere Run, Silvis, Ill. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

British Open # July 15-21
Muirfield, East Lothian, Scotland TV: ESPN

True South Classic July 15-21
Annandale Golf Club, Madison, Miss. TV: Golf Channel

RBC Canadian Open July 22-28
Glen Abbey Golf Club, Oakville, Ontario, Canada TV: Golf Channel/CBS

World Golf Championships-Bridgestone Invitational July 29-Aug. 4
Firestone Country Club (South), Akron, Ohio TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Reno-Tahoe Open July 29-Aug. 4
Montreux Golf & CC, Reno, Nev. TV: Golf Channel

PGA Championship # Aug. 5-11
Oak Hill Country Club, Rochester, N.Y. TV: TNT/CBS

Wyndham Championship Aug. 12-18
Sedgefield Country Club, Greensboro, N.C. TV:Golf Channel/CBS

FedExCup Playoffs
The Barclays Aug. 19-25
Liberty National Golf Course, Jersey City, N.J. TV: Golf Channel/CBS

Deutsche Bank Championship Aug. 26-Sept. 2
TPC Boston, Norton, Mass. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

BMW Championship Sept. 9-15
Conway Farms Golf Club, Lake Forest, Ill. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

TOUR Championship by Coca-Cola Sept. 16-22
East Lake Golf Club, Atlanta, Ga. TV: Golf Channel/NBC

The Presidents Cup
Muirfield Village Golf Club, Dublin Ohio TV: Golf Channel/NBC Sept. 30-Oct. 6
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Postby robbalvey » Sun Dec 16, 2012 4:27 pm

Splitsville, an "upscale bowling alley" at Downtown Disney opens to the public on December 19, and we recently got to check out a preview of this new entertainment location. We really liked it at LOT! The way the lanes were put together so you can rent out "pods" of them, the food service, and the more "adult atmosphere" was really fantastic! It seemed like a "Dave & Busters...but with bowling!"

Here was the dedication ceremony:


Check out some of the photos...
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Splitsville opens on December 19th, and I think it's something that really needed at Downtown Disney.
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The exterior of the building looks great. Has a really nice feel to it and adds to the West Side area of Downtown Disney.
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At the dedication ceremony, the managers of Downtown Disney, the owners of Splitsville, and of course GOOFY were all on hand to welcome their guests!
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Yay! The preview is open!
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Everyone pose for a photo...*click* got it? Great!
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Like I said, the exterior looks great! Fits in so well with the rest of Downtown Disney.
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Thank you for letting us check it out! =)
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So, as you can see... it's a bowling alley...but...
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..it's a bowling alley with style and attitude! =)
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And a little bit of "Disney" touch!
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Love the Mickey & Minnie themed bowling balls!
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Yup, you roll balls and things down here...
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What's cool about Splitsville is that the lanes are put together in these sort of "pods"...
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It's a very relaxing area...plenty of room to hang out, get food or drinks, and just have a good time.
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You'll be able to reserve or rent out multiple lanes and make a kind of "party area" out of it. I think it's a great concept for a bowling alley, especially works well for Downtown Disney where you'll have lots of families and want to just hang out.
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Let's talk about the food...because it was yummy! Very well made and high quality.
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I thought the pizza was also very good!
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Rockin' the fold at Splitsville!
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There's a full sushi bar and other yummy things on the menu. We'll get a better look at it once it officially opens.
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And there is no shortage of stuff to drink at Splitsville!
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They threw quite a party for us!
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There were at least three bars in the location that we saw, which is great, because I have a feeling they will be very busy! =)
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I love how there is a huge glass window to the outside of Downtown Disney allowing people to get a good idea of what Splitsville is. Kind of wish DisneyQuest could have done something like this. Such a good idea...when guests at Downtown Disney see people at Splitsville having a good time, I'm sure they'll want to join in the fun!
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Here's an overview of the downstairs area from heading up the escalator.
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Really like that at has such a relaxed atmosphere, yet at the same time kinda hip, cool, and a party vibe!
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I really think they'll see a lot of people wanting to rent multiple lanes to just come in here, hang out for a couple of hours, bowl, have dinner, and drink!
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The lanes have kind of a retro-ish feel to them. Really liked the lighting and the theming of the place.
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There are also a few pool tables, and other things to do besides bowling. There a seating area if you just want to come in and get food as well.
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The outdoor balcony patio area was really nice! I could see this being popular up here to just hang out and have a drink.
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And it offers a GREAT view of Downtown Disney!
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There is an area where a DJ can play, and I've also heard they do have live music at some of their other locations, so I'm sure this will turn into a pretty rockin' place at night.
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I'm cool with all those things! =)
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And yes, they are showing some Florida pride!
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No matter how much you've had to drink...don't forget to return your bowling shoes when you leave!
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Splitsville - Opens December 19th at Walt Disney World's Downtown Disney!

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