Spend Time on the Green: Playing Disney Mini Golf
Spending time in the Disney Parks & Resorts might be at the top of your list on your Disney World vacation. But, what if you need a break from the rides for a morning or afternoon? Why not check spend some time with your family playing Disney mini golf? Playing a round or two of miniature golf at one of Disney’s two mini golf courses is the perfect low-key activity. Plus, it’s included in many vacation packages or ticket options — making it an activity that you can take advantage of that’s already included in your vacation price. In this article, we’ll take a look at the mini golf options at Disney, some of the basics, and which courses might be best for you and your family.
The Basics of Disney Mini Golf
There are two miniature golf courses at Walt Disney World: Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland. Each has a unique theme and each is a lot of fun. When deciding which mini golf course you want to go to, here are some of the basics about the Disney mini golf offerings.
- Cost: As we mentioned, some vacation packages and ticket prices include free mini golf ticket vouchers, so you won’t have to worry about paying up front. But, for those that don’t have it included, the price is a reasonable $14.00 per adult (ages 10 and up) or $12.00 per child (ages 3-9). If you’re a Disney annual passholder or Disney Vacation Club Member, you can get 15% off tickets for yourself and up to three guests. And bonus, if you really love playing mini golf, anyone playing more than one game in the same day can get 50% off your second round.
- Locations: Fantasia Gardens is located near the Swan and Dolphin resorts and close to Hollywood Studios. Winter Summerland is located directly next to the Blizzard Beach Water Park.
- Hours: Both Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland operate currently from 10 a.m. – 11 p.m., making them a great option for those who want to play a little later in the evening or earlier in the day. These hours do affect how you can get to and from the miniature golf course locations, so definitely consider that when you plan to go.
This might be the most challenging part of getting to and from the mini golf courses. Since both Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland aren’t located next to a theme park, you’ll have to plan out how you get there. Winter Summerland is probably the easiest of the two locations to get to, because you can take the Disney bus system to the Blizzard Beach water park and walk to Winter Summerland. But, this is only helpful during Blizzard Beach’s operating hours. Once the water park closes at 5 p.m., you’ll need to use your own personal transportation or take a cab or ride-share vehicle.
Fantasia Gardens is located next to the Swan & Dolphin, so you could take a Disney bus from a theme park directly to this resort and walk. You can also walk from locations like Disney’s Hollywood Studios or Epcot, but it’s a pretty long walk. Like going to Winter Summerland, you may want to consider taking a personal vehicle or using a ride-share vehicle to get to Fantasia Gardens. But, no matter how you get there, you’re sure to have a ton of fun when you arrive.
Both of the Disney mini golf courses work like any other mini golf course you’ve been to. There are 2 unique mini golf courses at each location. And, each one includes 18-holes per course. Both Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland have their own pros and cons, including being family friendly or being easier or more difficult to play. We’ll take a look at this in detail in the next section.
If you love classic Disney films and the whimsy of Fantasia, Fantasia Gardens is the course for you. This course is based off the animated film Fantasia. And, each of the 18-holes highlights scenes from this film. In addition to a classic mini golf course, you’ll also find Fairway located here. This is a mini replica of a traditional golf course, complete with Par-3 and Par-5 holes that range from 63 to 109 feet long. So, if you love golfing and want to get some putting time in, you’ll have that option too. When it comes to skill level and difficulty, the mini golf courses at Fantasia Gardens are a bit more challenging. This makes it a little less friendly for younger mini golfers, but good for older kids, teens, and adults. Some also find the theming a bit more bland, than Winter Summerland which is fun, bright, and cheerful.
If you’re looking for a family friendly fun mini golf course, Winter Summerland is the course for you. Featuring two unique themed courses, you’ll be celebrating Christmas all year round with Santa during the winter and on his summer vacation. Winter Summerland’s courses are challenging. But, families will find that this course is a bit easier for everyone to get in and enjoy the fun. Plus, the theming is so much fun too, that you won’t want to miss out on all the details. Winter Summerland is best if you want to spend time playing both courses. Since both are so unique, your whole family will want to get in on another round during Santa’s off or on season.
Get to Putting: Playing Disney Mini Golf
With two unique, well-themed, and well-designed mini golf courses, spending an afternoon or evening enjoying a round or two is a lot of fun. Whether you have tickets for the courses included with your tickets or vacation package or just want to spend some time outside of the parks, enjoying a round or two of mini golf at Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland is a nice change of pace from park time. Both courses have features perfect for competitive mini golfers or those who just want to have a little fun. So, what are you waiting for? Head on over to Fantasia Gardens or Winter Summerland for mini golfing fun.
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