There is so much to see and do at Walt Disney World that it’s hard to try it all during your vacation. Miniature golf is something that most people can do in their home towns making the four courses at Walt Disney World easy to overlook. But if you have a little extra time this can be a fun and affordable entertainment option! Let’s check out what makes each of these courses different.
The two courses at Winter Summerland are inspired by Christmas and cover the two seasons named: Winter and Summer. When playing on the winter side you will see more predictable winter scenes like snowmen, elves, Santa, and of course some Disney fun. The summer side offers a beach motif with the same ideas. The experience is very similar with some holes being mirror images on the two courses. However, in my experience the summer side is normally busier since the beach theme is more “Florida”. They are both just as fun so I would always pick the course with the shorter wait. This area has a great deal of landscaping that offers shade during our hot summer days. That plus the classic Christmas music that can be heard everywhere around this area almost makes you forget the heat!
When traveling to Winter Summerland it is easiest to drive. There is a small dedicated parking lot with overflow parking available at Blizzard Beach. It is also possible to walk from Blizzard Beach if you will be taking Disney Transportation. Blizzard Beach admission is not required to enjoy miniature golf.
Fantasia Gardens and The Fairways
Whereas Winter Summerland has two very similar courses these two could not be more different! Fantasia Gardens offers a more traditional miniature golf experience themed around the classic movie Fantasia. The beauty of this course makes it my absolute favorite of the four courses. Easily recognizable characters from the movie are seen at nearly every hole while you listen to the classic music from the film. The only downfall of this course is that there is absolutely no shade, which can be brutal during the summer months. On a positive note you do have an awesome view of the Tower of Terror!
The Fairways offers a different interpretation of miniature golf with actual PGA style holes in a miniature format. Sand traps, bunkers, and water hazards abound on this course! Be warned that this will be fun for experienced golfers, but anyone looking to putt a ball through a castle will be sorely disappointed with this course. I personally decided to cut my losses after the front nine the time I tried it!
To get to Fantasia Gardens and The Fairways it is again easiest to drive as they share a pretty large parking lot. If you are taking Disney Transportation any of the Epcot area resorts is within a reasonable walking distance with the Swan being the closest.
General Information for all courses:
- Cost: $12 before tax Passholder discounts are offered
- Hours: 10am – 11pm
- Weather: The courses will not close for rain, but they will close if there is lightning in the area. If you would prefer to not play in the rain, a rain check may be requested
So what do you think? Will you be trying miniature golf the next time you’re in town? Which course looks like the most fun to you? Let us know in the comments below, and – as always – thanks for reading!