When you think of Disney World, you think of theme parks and water parks but Disney World is so much more than that. One of the activities on offer is miniature golf.
There are two courses. The one we chose to visit is in the corner of the car park of Blizzard Beach water park and it is called Winter Summerland miniature golf.
The story behind this miniature golf course is that Santa discovered snow in Florida and decided to build a holiday home for his elves when they weren’t working – a Winter Summerland. The elves couldn’t agree if they liked the snow of the North Pole or the sun of Florida better, so half of them built a snow course called “Winter” and the others built a sand course called “Summer”.
The theming of the miniature golf is brilliant. As you walk up to it you hear the Christmas tunes playing and you are met with a giant sleigh and Christmas lights.
There are two 18 hole courses here, one is Winter themed and the other is Summer themed although both are also Disney and Christmas themed! The two courses meet and end in the middle.
Today we had a go at the Summer side.
Candy cane signs showed us the way round the course and we were met with new challenges and surprises at every hole.
From Christmassy campervans and Santa buried on the beach to giant sandcastles, fish that shoot water at you and full size Christmas trees, this course has it all!
You find yourself dancing and singing from one hole to the next as Christmas tunes become your background music.
When you get the ball in the last hole you get a secret message from Santa Claus and then on the way out you are appropriately awarded with candy canes.
Taking a child with an ASD to Winter Summerland miniature golf?
The course can get quite busy so you are waiting for people in front of you to finish although you are told how long the wait is on each side before you play.
Most people choose to play the Winter side. We chose to play the Summer side for this reason and it was a lot quieter so we could spend longer without worrying that people were waiting.
It seems quieter just after it has been raining and in the evenings when Blizzard Beach is closed.
Be aware that the course is next to a lake. My son hit his ball towards the lake and ran straight down the slope towards the water to get it back.
The music is not too loud.
Disney’s Winter Summerland miniature golf can be found at: https://disneyworld.disney.go.com/recreation/winter-summerland-miniature-golf/ It is open 10am-11pm and costs $14 per adult and $12 per child (3-9 years). If you have bought 14 day ultimate tickets from the UK then one Disney miniature golf course per day is included with your ticket.