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During our first few trips to Disney World, I wanted to spend as much time as possible in the parks. I thought that doing something outside of the parks would be a waste of time. However, I have since changed my mind, thanks to Winter Summerland. In November 2015, we visited this hidden gem for the first time. We enjoyed it so much that it has become a must-do on all of our trips. Here is everything you need to know about Winter Summerland so you can decide if it is worth your time.
What is Winter Summerland?
Winter Summerland is one of two miniature golf courses at Disney World. The backstory of Winter Summerland is that this is where Santa and the elves go on vacation once Christmas is over. There are actually two 18-hole courses at Winter Summerland. One course has a summer theme, while the other course has a winter theme. You will hear Christmas music playing and see Christmas touches throughout the entire area. On the summer side, you will hear Beach Boys and Jimmy Buffet Christmas music. You will also see things like melting snowmen and elves enjoying the beach. The winter side features music such as Let It Snow and Winter Wonderland and has candy canes, sledding, and ice hockey decorations.
Each hole, on both courses, is cleverly designed. There are cute little photo ops throughout the whole place. One of my favorite photo op locations at Winter Summerland is Santa’s sleigh, which is located at the front right before you get to the check-in desk.
Hours and Prices
Winter Summerland is open most days from 10:00 am-11:00 pm. But, be sure to check the operating hours for the day you want to go to be sure the hours haven’t changed. To do this, see Disney’s website. Currently, playing 18 holes will cost $14 per person for adults and children ages 10 and over and $12 per person for children ages 3-9. If you booked a vacation package for Disney World, you will get a voucher for a free round of miniature golf for four people. This means that if you are a family of four or smaller, you can play a round of golf at Winter Summerland for free on each trip to Disney World! How awesome is that!?!?
Location and Transportation
Winter Summerland is located right next door to Blizzard Beach. It does have its own parking lot, however. If you are using Disney Transportation to get to there, you will want to get on the Blizzard Beach bus. Once you get to Blizzard Beach, you can walk over to Winter Summerland. If you are going to drive yourself over to play mini golf, follow the signs for Blizzard Beach. Once you get close, you will see some signs directing you to the Winter Summerland parking lot.
Reasons to Check It Out
We love Winter Summerland. It is such a hidden gem at Disney World. Even when the parks are super crowded, you will find very few people at Winter Summerland. It is a great place to escape the crowds and noise for a little while. The staff at the course are very good about spreading out the start times of the guests, so you won’t feel rushed by the party behind you nor will you feel that you are always waiting on the party in front of you to finish the next hole.
While you can’t really compare riding Space Mountain to playing mini golf, we all have a ton of fun playing at Winter Summerland. It’s nice to take a break from the parks and have fun with your family without waiting in line. Another reason to check it out is that it is a good place to let your kids have a little bit of freedom and burn some energy.
I love playing mini golf at Disney World because it is a sneaky way for me to get my son to practice his math skills while on vacation. I have him keep score and add them up at the end of the game. You can also get some really cute pictures of your family while playing mini golf. And, while you must pay an additional cost to play miniature golf, it is very reasonably priced. And, like mentioned above, if you have booked a vacation package through Disney World, you should receive a voucher for a free round.
Winter Summerland is a super cute miniature golf course located near Blizzard Beach. It includes two 18-hole courses, each with a slightly different theme. There are lots of fun photo ops throughout the course. I have never seen it crowded at Winter Summerland, even when the parks themselves are packed. It is a fantastic place to take a break from the masses while having some family fun. It’s nice to be able to do something at Disney World without having to wait in line every time you turn around. We have started spending a few hours on each of our trips playing miniature golf here. For us, it has become a must-do activity. Give it a try. I think you will find that it is worth your time to check it out. Happy travels.