There are 4 mini-golf options at Walt Disney World. Currently, if you book a Walt Disney World Resort vacation package, you are able to receive 4 vouchers per package, each valid for one 18-hole round of miniature golf prior to 4:00 PM on one day for one Guest at either Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course or Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course.
My personal favorite is at Disney’s Fantasia Gardens, which is a short walk from the Swan Hotel. You are asked to choose between a Family-Friendly Adventure or a Thrilling Challenge. Both are a lot of fun; however, I wouldn’t recommend the Thrilling Challenge to a family with small children (unless they’re golf prodigies). The Family-Friendly Adventure (my personal favorite) allows you to step inside Disney’s classic animated film Fantasia in a color, musical themed mini-golf course as you “putt your way through 5 whimsical scenes featuring tutu-clad hippos, marching broomsticks and pirouetting ostriches”. “Perfect for families and beginner golfers.”
My second favorite is the Thrilling Challenge. I don’t believe a child would appreciate it so much, as it doesn’t have a cartoon feel/look about it, but as an adult I thought it was the neatest course I had been on since it actually looks like a traditional golf course – just in miniature form. I’m not a golfer at all, but Disney does state “this course emphasizes skill over chance”. “Sand traps, bunkers, water hazards, and sloping greens make this course an exciting challenge, where par-3 and par-5 holes range in length from 63 to 109 feet long.”
At Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course, you find my tie for 3rd place (but hey, I love them all). Take the bus to Blizzard Beach and take a left before entering the water park. There you’ll find “The Summer Course” and “The Winter Course”. Both are family friendly and Christmas themed. One in the Florida sun, the other in the North pole.
The Summer Course has you putting around surfboards, sandcastles, ornaments hanging from palm trees, peppermint inner tubes, snapping clamshells, and a melting snowman. The Winter Course includes giant peppermints, hockey sticks, Squirty the Snowman, and a 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!”
You can’t go wrong choosing a course to play. They are all Disney quality fun and it’s a nice break from the crowds at the park.
Amanda Howell has been with Once Upon A Vacation since 2016 and has visited Walt Disney Destinations over a dozen times. She enjoys traveling all over the world and lives in Jayess, MS. Find her on social media @OnceUponAVacationAmandaHowell (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org)