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Robert Niles
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Universal Orlando confirms mini-golf course for 2012

Published: May 11, 2011 at 11:03 AM

Universal Orlando confirmed today what we first reported to you last month, a miniature golf course is coming to CityWalk.

"Hollywood Drive-In Golf" will include two 18-hole courses, and be located next to the AMC theaters, between the theaters the resort parking structures.

From the press release:

Inspired by the classic drive-in movie era, guests will be whisked into an elaborately-themed environment based on the vintage horror flicks and “little green men” science fiction films of the 1950s. As they experience two family friendly courses, “The Haunting of Ghostly Greens” and “Invaders From Planet Putt,” guests will putt their way through elaborate movie-style scenes, passing through a cemetery, under a giant spider, through a flying saucer and into the basement lab in a haunted house. Cutting-edge interactive elements and special effects will immerse guests further into the “double feature,” and with LED course edge-lighting they can play day, night and late night.

Construction begins this summer and the mini-golf course will be open in "early 2012," according to the resort.

Replies (17)

Jorge Arnoldson

Published: May 11, 2011 at 11:15 AM

"Little green men"? Sounds a bit like Toy Story.
Terri Pierce
Writer

Published: May 11, 2011 at 11:24 AM

Im excited for this, but I worry about how busy it will be. Im not into the whole club scene that many are so having something else on city walk to do is a plus for me. Will definitely check this out after it opens. Wonder how expensive it will be and if they will offer AP discounts.
Mike Gallagher

Published: May 11, 2011 at 11:39 AM

I have no plans to visit Universal anytime soon, but this holds much appeal for me. I loooove me some putt-putt.
Joseph Catlett

Published: May 11, 2011 at 1:23 PM

This sounds like a heck of a lot of fun and a great addition to Universal Orlando. This is a great way to, just like Disney, keep your hotel guests on property by giving them more to do and less incentive to go elsewhere. Good move.
Anon Mouse

Published: May 11, 2011 at 2:18 PM

A bore. Snore. I can't see what the excitment is about. This might be interesting to little kids. I can't see how it will interest most people.
Rod Whitenack

Published: May 11, 2011 at 3:37 PM

This sounds awesome to me. Drive-in movies and haunted houses are just my cup of tea. It seems that elaborately themed mini golf courses are making a big comeback. You'd often find them in cheesy tourist towns years ago, but these new ones are slicker and much more high tech. Monster Mini Golf has a franchise that's really taking off. They started with one location and now have at least a dozen, and they just signed an agreement with KISS to make a KISS Monster Mini Golf in Las Vegas. There must be interest/money in mini golf.
Joshua Counsil

Published: May 11, 2011 at 4:58 PM

Hopefully this gives Disney some incentive to modernize their dilapidated courses.
Orrin Carstarphen

Published: May 11, 2011 at 5:42 PM

I can see the need for Mini Golf courses near beaches and such where there is not much entertainment, but most people don't go to Orlando to play Putt-Putt. That being said I am sure they will do a ton of business when they first open. And yes, Disney's courses are pretty sad.
chris cona

Published: May 11, 2011 at 7:09 PM

I don't think i will ever play mini golf in Flordia and defently don't plan on playing it in Universal with all the amazing rides they have!!!
Phil B.

Published: May 11, 2011 at 10:26 PM

Surely adding mini-put-puts to the Universal Orlando complex isn't as mind blowing as the addition of Potter World in IOA, but you have to look at the addition as part of a larger overall attempt for Universal to keep people onsite. As it is, Universal Orlando is a great way to spend to days. Three days if you take a day for Citywalk. So maybe you can justify a three day stay onsite. Adding this attraction gives you something extra to do, that sounds like a lot of fun and in tune with the idea of the resorts, and helps to beef up the offerings for that 3rd day when you may not be going into the parks. If they then go ahead and add that onsite water park that has been rumored as of late, your looking at a solid 3-4 day stay, onsite, keeping more of those tourist dollars in Universals pockets. Something like this golf course may seem insignificant to some, but I think it's a very smart move for Universal, and is exactly the kind of thing that Disney does to keep people onsite no matter how innocuous of an idea the attraction may be. Also, from what the announcement is suggesting, this may be a lot of fun to experience. With todays tech, an incredibly themed mini-golf course can be just as much fun as a five minute ride on a brand spanking new darkride, except here you get to go off the rails a bit and you get to enjoy yourself for a good while longer. I'm not the biggest fan of mini-golf, but I do like to play it from time to time just to do something different. Give me a highly themed, cutting edge tech, fun and immersive put-put at one of the greatest theme park resorts in the world, and I'm pretty much making it a point to check it out at least once. Twice if you count both courses.
Rob McCullough

Published: May 12, 2011 at 7:10 AM

I think this is great. Beyond being the place everyone passes through to get to UO's parks, CityWalk is a destination on its own. A great place to go on a date or with bunch of friends. Until now, once you got finished with dinner, there wasn't much to do there if you are not a drinker/club goer. Yes, there is Blue Man Group, Hard Rock Live a great movie theater, but I've never understood the draw to taking a date to a movie and BMG and a concert at HRL can be really expensive. Besides, I'd rather do something with my date that lets me get to know him better. Something that's hard to do during a movie, concert or BMG. Mini-golf is a great date/group activity. I'm just really curious to see how they get people down to the course level.
Don Neal

Published: May 12, 2011 at 7:19 AM

I love Putt-Putt and am always disappointed that I don't get to play more of the courses in Central Florida. There are so many great themes. Sounds like these two might set a new standard. Can't wait to see it.
Scott B

Published: May 12, 2011 at 9:19 AM

Thank god!! Finally something will help out with those Harry Potter lines!! ;)
Mike Gallagher

Published: May 12, 2011 at 10:10 AM

Maybe they should theme it after Harry PUTTER...
Andy Milio

Published: May 12, 2011 at 3:41 PM

Awesome 8) Putt-putt is amazing
Raul Araoz

Published: May 13, 2011 at 9:26 AM

Love it!
Eric Fisher

Published: May 14, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Honestly? Nothing will make me jump on a plane in California, fly to Florida, check into a hotel and adjust to the jet lag like miniature golf. Please. :-(

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