There is so much to do at Walt Disney World, it’s impossible to do it all. So, instead of cramming a bunch of things into a week of vacation and coming home more exhausted than when I left, I like to find one or two things that I haven’t experienced before on each trip.
This year it was Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf. Did you know that Walt Disney World has not one, not two, not three, but four different mini golf courses?
Two of them together are known as Winter Summerland Miniature Golf, and they have similar theming to Blizzard Beach Water Park (similar but not the same).
The other two are under the Fantasia Gardens banner, but they couldn’t be more different. The Gardens Course is the easier of the two and is themed to the movie Fantasia. The Fairways Course is more challenging and is, quite literally, “miniature golf.” The course is set up like a real golf course complete with sand traps, water hazards and grassy roughs.
My family and I did the Fantasia Course. We loved it, so I thought I’d share some of the tips and tricks we learned during the game.
First of all, you can lose your ball here to water or bushes but not to worry, you’re never too far away from the front desk where you can get a new one.
A couple of things to watch out for, Hole 2 (Toccata and Fugue themed) is deceptively tricky, don’t let it fool you.
Also, and this is a bit of a spoiler I guess, but Chernabog pops up on Hole 8 (The Pastoral Symphony themed). There’s a sensor in the hole so that when the ball goes in, thunder crashes and the villain pops up on the wall. I apologize for spoiling this secret, but I just don’t want you to end up with a scared five-year-old who refuses to move on the to the next hole like I did.
Hole 10 (also The Pastoral Symphony themed) also has a secret, but I won’t spoil this one. I will say, however, that my daughter stumbled upon it, and she got a hole-in-one.
The last tip is to watch the movie before you go. We did, and it definitely enhanced our experience.
Fantasia Gardens is located near the Epcot Resort Area, specifically near the Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resorts. Tickets are $14 for adults and $12 for kids (ages 3-9). We had a lot of fun and would definitely recommend doing it, especially if you like mini-golf.
Have you ever played mini-golf at Walt Disney World?
(Photos from the author’s personal collection.)
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