Sports and Recreation at WDW

Miniature Golf Courses

Located behind the Dolphin on Epcot Resorts Boulevard, Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf opened in 1996 and features 36 holes of fun in two courses – Fantasia Gardens “The Hippo-est Golf Around” and Fantasia Fairways “A Miniature Golfing Adventure”. The two courses which are located behind the Dolphin on Epcot Resorts Blvd.

Winter Summerland is a 36-hole miniature golf course located near the entrance to Disney’s Blizzard Beach water park. It is divided into two courses – Winter and Summer (or Snow and Sand). The Winter course has the same type of look as Blizzard Beach , while Summer course has a tropical holiday theme.

Squirty the Snowman sprays water on unsuspecting golfer on the Winter Course when their golf balls pass beneath him, while on the summer course, guests putt over a sleeping Santa buried underneath a tremendous mound of sand.

Winter Summerland is the second themed miniature golf course at Walt Disney World, after Fantasia Gardens.


Golfing in WDW

The Lake Buena Vista Golf Course wound through what was once the Disney Institute and Old Key West Resort, and is located near the Downtown Disney Marketplace.

The Lake Buena Vista Golf Course was designed by Joe Lee and is styled in a classic country club setting, and is laced with dense pine forests, Disney resort properties, as well as well-bunkered greens to present quite a challenge. This course has played host to a PGA Tour, an LGPA Tour, and a USGA event.

The Palm and Magnolia courses are located near the Shades of Green and Polynesian resorts. Eagle Pines is located near the Fort Wilderness Resort and Campground and Port Orleans-Riverside. The new Disney vacation Club Resort will also be located on the Eagle Pines course.

Walt Disney World now boasts 99 holes of golf on five championship courses and one nine-hole course, making it one of Florida’s largest golf resorts.

Recognized three times as a Gold Medal Resort by “Golf Magazine,” the Walt Disney World Resort offers tour-caliber golf with many of the courses designed by world-renowned architects Tom Fazio and Pete Dye, and is home to the PGA Tour’s FUNAI Classic.


Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex

Major League Baseball’s Atlanta Braves hold their spring training at the ballpark at Disney’s Wide World of Sports complex.

Disney’s Wide World of Sports Baseball Stadium contains all of the amenities of major league ballparks with a feeling of days long gone by.

The Complex is also home of the Orlando Rays, the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays. Basketball’s funny men, the Harlem Globetrotters, workout here as well.

The facility allows guests to watch athletes compete in their favorite sport in beautiful state-of-the-art facilities. Teams such as the Atlanta Braves, Harlem Globetrotters, and the Orlando Rays, the AA affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays use the facilities to train and for games.

The 11 clay tennis courts in Disney’s Wide World of Sports have a sensor system that actually moistens the courts when they are too dry!

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