Sink a hole-in-one at one of these Disney Resort miniature golf courses

We break down the 3 courses and tell you what each has to offer

Photo: Disney

Disney World isn't just about spending all day in the parks. Disney property is loaded with other family-friendly excursions too. One of our favorites, miniature golf.


If there is one thing every tourist destination has in common, its the abundance of miniature golf courses that surround the area. Who doesn't like a little family rivalry?


The Walt Disney World Resort is home to three different miniature golf courses. Two courses at Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf and another at Winter Summerland Miniature Golf.


While these excursions are not included in a Disney ticket, we highly recommend visiting one of the courses for a little after park fun.


If you're unsure of which is best for you, let us break them down and tell you what each has to offer. So channel your inner Karrie Webb, Arnold Palmer maybe even Goofy as we lace up our shoes and hit the course.

Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf

(Mariah Wild, photographer)

Nestled among Disney's Hollywood Studios and Disney's Swan and Dolphin Resort, Fantasia Gardens and Fairways Miniature Golf is home to two very different courses. While one is filled with whimsy charters and props, the other requires some skill and precise aim.


Like a traditional mini-golf course, Fantasia Gardens comes complete with fun obstacles and musical surprises. Families will putt their way through five whimsical scenes which feature tutu-wearing hippos, marching broomsticks and pirouetting ostriches. This experience is perfect for families and beginner miniature golfers.


Fantasia Fairways resembles a traditional golf course but built on a miniature scale. The course requires a lot of skill and a steady hand. The course is equipped with sand traps, bunkers, water hazards, and sloping greens. Talk about an added challenge. When playing on this course families can expect a par-3 and par-5 hole to range in length from 63 to109 feet long!


Winter Summerland Miniature Golf

(Mariah Wild, photographer)

If the Florida heat is getting to you, enjoy a round of mini-golf at Winter Summerland. This wintery course offers two 18-hole adventures in a holiday-themed retreat.


If you're like us, you've probably questioned what Santa Claus does with his 364 days off. Well, Disney put him to work and tasked him with creating a mini-golf course for families to enjoy during their vacation. There is a story that comes with this course, we'll let the experts at Disney take this one.

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."

Let's go over what each course has to offer.


The Summer Course

Enjoy fun in the sun when you putt around surfboards, sandcastles and ornaments hanging from palm trees. On this course families can expect to putt around peppermint-striped inner tubes, snapping clamshells and a melting snowman.


The Winter Course

When putting on this course families have to watch out for an extra water hazard. Squirty the Snowman sprays water at unsuspecting golfers when their golf balls pass beneath him. On this course, you can expect obstacles like giant peppermints, hockey sticks and the drawbridge leftover from a melting castle.


For an added bonus, listen carefully after sinking the last putt on Hole 18. Golfers will receive a special message from the jolly one himself.


Remember, the lowest score wins. Good luck!

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