Looking to play pinball while in Orlando? - Here's some of game rooms I'm
aware of that are 'tourist friendly'.
Know of any more Orlando locations? Contact me
Since I live near the resorts I usually play at the hotel locations. I don't
actually even know of any stand alone arcades but I'm sure there are few.
You don't have to stay at the resorts to go in for dinner - just tell the
guard you're coming for dinner.
Hey - I found a Circus Voltaire at the
Resort game room on I-Drive.
Contemporary Resort - There's an arcade on the lower level that has
about 15 pinball machines all in great condition as of 7/1/2006. This arcade
has about 100 other games, again, maintained well. This is the largest, most
well maintained arcade I'm aware of. -
Dec. 15, 2007 - Updated - There are 4 pinball machines in the arcade
which is now located on the main level. It's a nice arcade - nice and clean!
And you can grab some great food a Chef Mickey's.
June 10, 2007 - Update - someone emailed to say they moved the
arcade upstairs and took out the pinballs. I knew they had an upstairs arcade
but wasn't aware they took out the one on the lower level. Also there are
some renovations going on so perhaps it's temporary. I called the resort
and couldn't find anyone who knew of any arcades on premises at all and asked
me if I meant the 'California Grille' - the really expensive restaurant on
the roof! - Since the resort employees have no clue I'll visit myself in
a couple of weeks to verify. They call it the 'Food and Fun Center' on the
Polynesian Resort - has a smaller arcade with about 3 pinballs and
about 30 other games.
Disney Quest. - Downtown Disney. This place charges an admission ($35
last I checked ) and you play for free. The only problem here is that the
half dozen or so pinballs are not well maintained and many of the video games
have seen better days. On the upside there's many new expensive simulator
type games and a 'retro' arcade room near the Buzz Lightyear bumper cars
featuring Pacman, Asteroids, Galaga, etc. You can spend many hours here just
seeing it all - plan on 3 hours to 1/2 day at least.
Most of the hotels have game rooms - many of which are junk. The larger hotels
have better, more well maintained, gamerooms. I have a bias for any
Rosen Hotel or Resort because their
quality service is superior to Disney - which is no small feat - and the
restaurants serve very high quality food (ala Ruth's Criss) at very affordable
Sheraton Resort ( corner of Westwood and International Drive near
Seaworld ). They have 2 pinballs ( Batman Forever, and Simpsons ). Decent
condition. Nice little 12 machine game room. NOTE: This hotel just changed
names and I don't know the new name.
Renaissance Hotels & Resorts (407) 351-5555 6677 Sea Harbor Dr
- Has 2 machines - Last 2 times I went the flippers didn't work. One is x-files
and other I forgot.
Update: the game room has been removed for renovations. We'll update when
I here more.
Rosen Shingle Creek - Universal Boulevard just off the Beachline
Expressway (SSR 528 Exit #2) - Everything's brand new as of 6/1/2006 - They
have a Ripley's Believe It Or Not and a Pirates of the Caribbean. Both in
Rosen Centre Hotel - 9840 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819 -
Tel: 407.996.9840 - 2 Pinballs and about 10 games. This place has the best
dinner buffer in Orlando featuring Prime Rib, a wide variety of cheeses,
and an antipasto bar with high quality food - this ain't no Golden Corral!
And the best thing is it's never crowded because people don't know about
it and get stuck going to the run of the mill Olive Gardens, TGIF, and other
chain restaurants which have more visibility and get really crowded.
Quality Inn 9000 International Dr - (407) 996-8585 Their game
room is ok - about 10 games and 2 pinball machines - Terminator 3 and Simpsons.
The Terminator's RPG has never worked. The simpsons often has broken flippers.
Hit or miss. Has a 'Beach Head 2000' that has a broken joystick for over
a year. The dinner buffet (5pm-7pm) is 50% off for seniors which is only
$6 and includes beverages. The menu varies nightly. Don't expect 5
star food for $6 but it's good, home style cooking ( stuffed peppers, meat
loaf, pork chops, ribs, etc. )
Checkers Drive-In Restaurant 6908 W Sand Lake Rd, Orlando, FL 32819
Ph: (407) 248-9052 - Has 2 pinballs in game room in the rear. Usually not
too bad. Game room has about 7 games.
July 4, 2007
Here's a note from a website visitor:
Sportstown Billiards has a LOTR. It's on Robinson close to the Executive
airport, just east of Bumby Ave (across from the TG Lee Dairy, next to the
Bull & Bush English Pub). Fewer games than Rocky's, but a much better
Address: 2414 E Robinson St, Orlando, FL 32803
Phone: (407) 894-6258
Thanks for the tip! - The beer selection is a plus! - I haven't been here
but will make the rounds. Thanks!
May 25, 2007
Here's a note from a website visitor. I've never been here but have heard
about it. I like the beer part :)
I thought you might like to know of this place. They have 5 pinballs.
Simpson,s party, Family Guy, Ripley's Belive it or not, Pirates of the Caribbean,
and A Sterns World Poker Tour Pinballs. They also have DDR, Inital D, Crimson
Tide, Pac Man, and much, much more. They serve Drinks (beer and wine license)
and food. Smoking is allowed inside and it can get a little smokey, but it
is still fun.
1121 Semoran Blvd
Casselberry, FL 32707