I’m performing an experiment: Can you experience a Disney World Vacation without visiting the theme parks? Today I’m giving a shout-out to a trip highlight: Fantasia Gardens Mini-Golf.
Some background: Because this year’s Camp Mom, Asian Edition includes trips to BOTH Tokyo and Hong Kong Disneyland, on our last minute Florida getaway I wasn’t inclined to spend $800 on Disney Park Tickets.
However, prices at the actual Disney Resort hotels are at rock-bottom this week with value hotels going for under $80 and Moderates under $120/night. I’ll share my thoughts on each hotel we’ve visited in a later post. So, we decided to try “Disney without the parks” by enjoying the OTHER attractions Disney World has to offer. You know, the stuff you think “oh, that sounds fun” but skip because you’re too tired from the parks…
In a word (as given by the deal kids): Awesome. Musical. Hidden.
Awesome: (I’ll add Themed) Self-explanatory, but I’ll throw out there that many attractions in the parks are more done TO you than having you DO. Being actively immersed in Disney is a bonus. You have to put “mini-golf” out of your mind as Fantasia Gardens is SO much more: it’s imagineered. Based upon the movie (loosely) each hole is an adventure that winds under mountains, into fountains, and all around directs you into an experience. We gave up trying to keep score at the first hole and just enjoyed the spectacle.
Musical: Being based on Fantasia, classical scores play throughout. Each hole has a story and features include topiary ostrich ballerinas and even Pan himself.
Hidden: The phrase “hidden gem” is now cliche, but we encountered no lines at Fantasia Gardens during our visit. At $14 for Adults and $12 for kids the price isn’t at all out of line with the experience…you can pay that much for an average movie. We definitely got 2 hours worth out of Fantasia Gardens and would happily return to check out Winter Summerland once it finishes refurbishment.
Have you done mini golf Disney style? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
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