Beyond the Parks: A Hole in One

While the parks are the major draw to visiting Walt Disney World, there is a lot to do outside of the parks including, shopping, seeing a movie and going bowling.

One activity that is forgotten about is miniature golf. While many of us go mini-golfing at home or when we vacation at the beach, it is something that I don’t think is on the radar for many people when they visit Walt Disney World.

The resort is known for its beautiful lush and rolling golf courses, but their miniature versions of the sport are also on par. (See what I did there? haha)

There are two miniature golf courses: Fantasia Gardens and Winter Summerland.

Fantasia Gardens

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Photo courtesy of Browniebites.net

Themed after the iconic Disney film “Fantasisa,” this course takes iconic characters and scenes from the film and incorporates them into the different holes on the course.

The holes feature pars ranging from par-3 and par-5 and is perfect for beginners and families. There is even a surprise waiting for golfers that will have the kids giggling.

The course also features traditional golf hazards including sand traps, bunkers, water hazards and sloping greens, according to Disney’s website.

The course is situated at the Walt Disney World Swan Hotel/Epcot Resort Area and is $14 for those 10 and up and $12 for children between the ages of 3 and 9.

Winter Summerland

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Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World

Located near Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park is Winter Summerland miniature golf course.

Just like Fantasia Gardens, the course is uniquely themed and has a cute backstory.

According to Disney, “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 two camps, one that enjoyed the warm Florida sun and another that preferred the snow and cold of the North Pole. The elves then built two distinctly different 18-hole golf experiences: a sand course named ‘Summer’ and a snow course named ‘Winter.'”

The summer course features peppermint-striped inner tubes, snapping clamshells and a melting snowman, while the winter course features hockey sticks, a drawbridge of a melting castle and even a message from Santa himself.

Tickets are the same cost as Fantasia Gardens.

You will also want to keep an eye out because many travel agencies, such as AAA, offer vouchers to a free round of mini-golf to people who book their vacation through them.

Which course would you like to try out? Leave your comments below.

Also, make sure to check out the Mousekatots Facebook page on Friday for some very exciting news!

 

 

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