Walt Disney World Resort began a phased reopening on May 20 with Disney Springs reopening to the public. The phased reopening continued with all four theme parks in mid-July, and since June the Disney Resort hotels have begun to reopen. Now, even more areas of Walt Disney World are continuing to welcome back Guests.
Back in July, Disney announced several recreational experiences would be reopening, including one of its miniature golf courses, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf. Today, Disney Parks Blog announced that the other miniature golf course on Disney World property, Winter Summerland, will reopen next month.
Below is the official announcement:
With the fall and winter seasons approaching in Florida, Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf will reopen to guests beginning Nov. 6 at Walt Disney World Resort.
Winter Summerland Miniature Golf offers two uniquely themed 18-hole courses, each with their own distinct musical soundtrack. As the name suggests, the first course draws inspiration from the winter season, including snow castles and ice hockey rinks. The second course represents all things summer. Guests navigate surf boards, sand sculptures and even a melted snowman.
As Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf reopens next month, Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf will close for the season on Nov. 5 and reopen on Jan. 31, 2021.
— Disney Parks (@DisneyParks) October 6, 2020
Disney also revealed that Fantasia Gardens will be closing seasonally:
Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is available for your enjoyment now through November 6. Starting November 6, Winter Summerland Miniature Golf will be available through January 30, 2021. Fantasia will resume operation on January 31, 2021.
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About Winter Summerland Miniature Golf
Below is the official description, courtesy of the Walt Disney World website:
Walk-ups are welcome or you may book a tee time for the next day or beyond by calling (407) WDW-PLAY or (407) 939-7529.
Winter Summerland is different from any other miniature golf course you’ve ever experienced. That’s because Santa Claus, himself, designed it!
Late one Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying back to the North Pole, he discovered snow in Florida. After surveying the strange sight, he decided to build a vacation destination for his off-duty elves, a 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.”
The Summer Course
Enjoy fun in the sun at the Summer Course amid surfboards, sandcastles and ornaments hanging from palm trees. Deck the balls as you putt around peppermint-striped inner tubes, snapping clamshells and a melting snowman. Don’t wake sleeping Santa buried in the sand!
The Winter Course
Putt your way to the North Hole on the Winter Course; but watch out for Squirty the Snowman! This “jolly, happy soul” sprays water at golfers when golf balls pass beneath him. Merry obstacles include giant peppermints, hockey sticks and the drawbridge of a fantastical, melting castle. The courses combine for the last holes, and after sinking the last putt on Hole 18, golfers receive a special message from Santa Claus, courtesy of the WinterNet!