Miniature Golf at Walt Disney World

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Miniature Golf at Walt Disney World

A pair of putt-putt paradises forms four fantastic miniature golf courses at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. Guest can enjoy music inspired magic at Fantasia Gardens noteworthy fairways or holiday hi jinks at Winter-Summerland’s sandy and snow-covered courses.

With two complete courses at each location (18 holes per course), there’s plenty of putt-putt playtime for golfers of all ages at any level of experience. Whimsical wonders, teasing traps and exceptional Disney designed theming ensures exciting entertainment.

Fantasia Gardens

Making music in the shadow of Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Tower of Terror looms over the course) since 1996, Fantasia Gardens miniature golf is located near Disney’s Swan and Dolphin hotels.  Two 18-hole putt-putt courses, tuned to Disney’s animated “music video” movie, “Fantasia,” are open to players of all ages. This is a course you could literally play 500 times and still enjoy.

Fantasia Gardens features more film-based scenery and is the easier of the two courses. Best suited for younger and novice golfers, five Par 53, animated scenes prove to be amusing obstacles for this cartoon classic themed adventure.

“Perfect for families and beginner golfers, the Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course invites you to join the reverie as you aim through twirling obstacles, cross fanciful fountains and discover musical surprises. Beware of the broomsticks, ready to douse golfers who pass below!” – Disney

  • Toccata & Fugue sounds off by offering a “note-worthy” reward for each time the hole is successfully completed.
  • The Nutcracker Suite requires perfect planning to avoid the dancing mushrooms attempting to block each putt.
  • Pastoral Symphony reveals waterfalls and a looming mountain.
  • Dance of the Hours is filled with dancing hippos and alligators
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice requires keeping a watch out for wayward water “hazards” from enchanted broomsticks.

Fantasia Fairways, while still themed for the 1940 Disney classic, is less about pretty props. Rated Par 72, this much more difficult course also sports 18 holes (which are considered the most difficult miniature golf course around by “Golf Digest”). These include: Rolling Symphony, Chernabog’s Revenge, Pastoral Simplicity, The Nutcracker, Ave Maria, The Legend of Yen Sid, Ballet of the Bunkers, Zeus’s Thunderbolt, Bacchus’s Corner, Dance of the Crown, Skeleton Dance, The Rite of Spring, Pegasus, Brooding Brudus, Ostrich Island, Rock ‘n Roller, Hippo Bend, and The Grand Finale.

Miniature golf finds true meaning at Fantasia Fairways. The entire experience is intended to resemble ‘real’ golf courses. With water hazards, bunkers, sand traps, and sloping greens, all the challenges of this relaxing sport can be found with this cartoon-inspired course.

Fantasia Gardens miniature golf is located at 1205 Epcot Resorts Blvd in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Admission is only Adult (10+) $14.00 for Adults (ages 10+) and $12.00 for children ages 3-9.  Resort bus transportation, vehicle parking and water shuttle (use Dolphin and Swan landing) provide three ways to access this animated adventure.

Winter Summerland

Winter Summerland first opened to guests on March 12, 1999. Elements of this sand and snow magical miniature golf experience helped inspire the animated Christmas time short feature “Prep and Landing.”

Spectacular summers and mostly mild winters make Florida a perfect vacation destination. While there is some degree of weather change in Spring in Fall, essentially there only two seasons: Winter and Summer. Both of those are well represented in Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf courses at the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida.

Rare Florida snow blanketing the ground near Disney’s Blizzard Beach caught the attention of Santa Claus as he was returning home one Christmas Eve. Inspired by this discovery, this inventive Jolly ol’ Elf decided to set up an escape for his elvish helpers to play and relax during the offseason. This new Southern holiday from the Holidays was dubbed “Winter Summerland.”

“Seeing that the only thing Winter Summerland lacked was a golf course, Santa and his elves divided into 2 camps, one that enjoyed the warm Florida sun and another that preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole. The elves then built 2 distinctly different 18-hole golf experiences: a sand course named ‘Summer’ and a snow course named ‘Winter.’ – Disney

Summer

Summer’s sun-splashed, sandy scene sports surfboards and sculpted sand castles.  To maintain a familiar “North Pole” presence, holiday ornaments decorate surrounding palm trees.  Troublesome traps include navigating through peppermint painted inner tubes, slowly melting snow creatures, hungry clams that snap open and shut and Santa Claus himself, snoring away in a sand-smothered slumber (definitely don’t disturb this dreaming dude).

Winter

Precariously placed peppermints (of giant proportion), water slinging snowmen, and melding ice castles (where’s Elsa when she’s needed?) share obstacle duty along this snow-capped frosty-fun course.

Both Courses

For the final few holes of this miniature golf game, both Summer and Winter courses come together. Christmas presents and trimmings decorate the cozy cabin while harboring a few more obstacles. For the very last putt, making it in under the monitor is the goal. Once the final golf ball finds its way into hole 18, Santa Claus conveys (via the “winternet”) a final word for putt-putt players.

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Locker rentals are offered (fee refunded upon return of key). Within Santa’s vacation vehicle – a special “winterbago,” snacks, soft drinks, and candy, as well as golf themed souvenirs, are available. Santa’s sleigh offers guests the chance for a festive photo-op as does the giant Surfing Santa Statue.

Winter Summerland miniature golf resides near Blizzard Beach (another summertime water-based winter wonderland) at 1534 Blizzard Beach Dr in Lake Buena Vista, FL. Children ages 3-9 can play for $12 each, while adults (ages 10 and up) must part with $14 to tackle this polar paradise.

This pair of playful miniature golf courses is on par for a fun diversion while visiting the Walt Disney World Resort. Fantasia Gardens with its easy and advanced adventures based upon Walt Disney’s 3rd animated motion picture and Christmas themed Winter Summerland both offer unique miniature golf enjoyment. Each location is well stocked with delightful diversions for a relaxing and inexpensive morning or afternoon, perfect for topping off a visit when there’s still a few hours before time to go home.

Source and images:

Fantasia Gardens: Fantasia Gardens web page, Disney Wiki, Wikipedia, Yelp

Winter Summerland: Winter Summerland web page, Disney Wiki, Wikipedia, Yelp

 

7 Comments

  1. My only issue with the miniature golf was the people on the course, they refused to let us play through, we play pretty fast, and the rules elsewhere have always been. If people behind you catch up and they are faster, let them play through. We gave up after the fifth hole and went home.

  2. yorgzero

    How do I find out who one the contest? There are no links or emails!

  3. Kurt Schmidt

    Both winners were notified by email. The 2 winners were: Amy G and Rachel S and they both have responded so that we could mail their prize (tickets for 4 rounds of miniature golf) to them.

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