Review: Winter Summerland Mini Golf
My daughter has been asking to go to Winter Summerland for about a year now. So my husband and I promised her that we’d all have a family day the weekend before Christmas to go out and play. I have to admit it was adorable and way more fun than I thought it was going to be. Since I was unaware I thought other people might also be so here are my thoughts on the Disney Mini Golf course.
First off Winter Summerland is not the only Mini Golf course in Disney World but it is the one with the Christmas theming so that is where we went the week before Christmas. It was definitely crowded, so clearly but a bunch of other people felt the same way. We were aware of this before we went, and if you are used to Disney crowds this was nothing. I will take those kind of waits any day, but for mini golf it was a lot. While you wait there is an area for snacks .. think vending machines .. and they had beer and ice cream.. again think vending machine. There are some nice places to sit and everything is themed to be Christmas. They have a small area where you can buy cute Disney mini golf items like golf balls, and even mini golf themed trading pins.
So we waited for our turn to play and while we waited my daughter played in the “snow” that happens every few minutes.We didn’t mind the wait too much because it helps them do a great job of leaving room between the groups of players. Unless one group is incredibly slow, like the family three groups ahead of us.. and they slowed everyone down quite a bit. Luckily we were rather unaffected, but I could see how it would drive you crazy if you were right behind them. Now don’t think I am bashing a group of small children on their Disney vacation, these was very competitive adults! But they did seem to be having a lot of fun.
So most important is the mini golf course itself. You have a choice of the Summerland side or the Winterland side. The Summerland side is Christmas at the beach, and the Winterland side is Christmas in the snow. We let our daughter pick and she picked snow. I think being from Houston Texas originally and now Florida she is way more interested in snow. Both sides looked equally adorable. The Christmas theme was fun in either but the snow made for some very cute courses. There were ski slopes and giant snow castles. I think the best part of this whole thing is how interactive it is. Shoot your ball under the campfire and smoke comes out, shoot your ball into this hole and it goes up the north pole, shoot it into this gift and Mickey Mouse pops out. Every course had some fun element to it. When you are all done playing you get a candy cane which was also really cute.
So what does this really cute mini golf course cost? Ages 3 to 9 cost $12 and everyone older costs $14. There is a discount for Passholders, but it isn’t a lot. All in all I think this course is very cute and a lot of fun, if not a little overpriced like much of Disney. But if you find you are looking for a break from the park and it is too cold for the pool this is definitely where I would go. On most days you are not going to see a crowd and you will still get to have some Disney magic!