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Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Courses

Friday, April 02, 2010

A storm is brewing over Walt Disney World.  It’s not your traditional storm where a wave of cold air meets a wave of warm air.  This storm is caused by two, 18 hole miniature golf courses located right next to each other themed after Santa Claus.  One course is themed after Christmas and the cold of winter, while the other is themed after a warm summer on a sandy beach. 

Ok, I admit it; I’m the “cheesy” tourist who always has to find the miniature golf course whenever we hit a theme park or other vacation destination.  Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf courses are among the best two I’ve ever played.  They are extremely well maintained.

The courses are extremely well themed.  In fact, as you walk to the “Winterbago” starter clubhouse you will see signage which prepares you for the winter and summer theme you are about to experience. 

Like all attractions at Disney World, Winter Summerland has a story.  Santa was flying back to the North Pole after delivering Christmas presents.  He looked down to see snow in Central Florida; a place which is traditionally warm.  Santa decided to stop and build a vacation destination for his elves – a winter summerland so to speak.  To keep his elves happy they built two, 18-hole mini golf courses; one themed after a cold winter and the other themed after a warm summer.  Because Santa played a role in building the 18 hole courses you’ll see his likeness all around this mini golf destination.  I must admit, seeing Santa in his bathing suit does catch your eye as he is not normally basking in the sun. 

You will find Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf courses located just outside the gates of Blizzard Beach Water Park. You can get to Winter Summerland by taking a Disney motor coach to Blizzard Beach and then accessing a walking path that leads you to the courses. The other option is driving your vehicle to Blizzard Beach, parking in the lot, and walking to the courses right next door. 

Oh! And here’s a little tip to help you achieve the best possible score on the courses.  Make sure to read each sign at the tee of each hole.  It tells you about the hole and gives you some information on what to do to hit the best possible shot. 

Winter Summerland can provide your family with a few hours of fun in a peaceful and tranquil setting.  It’s a great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of the parks and resorts.  One of the best aspects of Winter Summerland is how beautifully it is landscaped.  If you are a flower and garden lover you won’t be disappointed by the landscaped beauty around both 18 hole courses. 

 

Like any mini golf course, your family will appreciate the time together laughing and joking in a setting other than one of Disney’s 4 theme parks.  Of course, the laughs and jokes will probably come from some of the shots hit during your 18 hole round.  Additionally, Santa Claus likes to make side comments about your shots along the way.  One other note, as you complete your round and turn in your putter each member of your party will be given a Winter Summerland logo golf ball to take home as a souvenir. 

Because Winter Summerland is well themed and well maintained it’s on the more expensive side for miniature golf.  The cost per adult is $12, and $10 for children ages 3 – 9 years old for 18 holes.  If someone in your party has an annual pass you’ll save 50% off your round and up to 3 guests.  Our family prefers the winter course because of the heavy Christmas theme, but every family is different, and you may prefer the summer beach theme.  The hours of operation are from 10AM until 11PM; however, hours can vary depending on the weather and season.  

When your family is ready to take a break from the theme parks make sure to check out the Winter Summerland mini golf courses.  It’s a great place to visit in the mid-afternoon between theme park visits, or on a day when a theme park or water park is not part of your Disney World itinerary. 

Next Up:  First he was promoting health.  Now he’s all about…candy?  Sounds pretty “Goofy” to me.

About this column

Aaron DelPrince looks at the various activities you and your family can experience at Walt Disney World


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