Tuesday, December 3, 2013
A Winter Summerland at Walt Disney World
You're in Walt Disney World. It's Christmastime. You need to escape the crowds. You could go back to the resort pool...again.
Or, you can do something different.
Miniature golf at Disney's Winter Summerland is an enjoyable respite. Located next to Disney's Blizzard Beach, this mini golf spot actually has 2 courses, one a beach theme, and one a North Pole snowy theme.
And, as you'd expect from Disney, these course are not only wonderfully themed but have an imaginative back story.
One Christmas Eve, as Santa was flying over Florida, he discovered a snowy spot in this tropical locale. After investigating this anomaly, he decided to build a vacation spot for his elves to enjoy on their downtime. A Winter Summerland!!!
Apparently some elves wanted to enjoy a more authentic Floridian vacation, so they built the Summer side of the course.
Other elves recreated a more "homey" course, complete with a, ski slope, ice fishing pond, a snowman, and even a snow castle.
My wife, friends, and I played the winter side. It is great fun, and there are plenty of surprise effects throughout.
You will also find a few of your Disney pals around.
Signs are at each of the 18 holes to give hints of how to play that hole, and give a hint at what effect you may encounter.
You start at Santa's "Elfstream Winterbago," a converted trailer home, gift shop and snack stand.
Santa even left a sleigh for photo ops! That guy thinks of everything.
This article was originally posted on the Tips From the Disney Divas and Devos Blog, where Nick is a contributing writer.
For more on Winter Summerland, please check out this great post from Gaylin.