Universal Orlando CityWalk adding mini-golf in 2012

Posted Wednesday, May 11, 2011 2:35 PM | Contributed by Jeff

[Ed. note: The following is an excerpt of a press release. -J]

Universal Orlando Resort today announced plans to premier an all-new, 36-hole miniature golf experience – Hollywood Drive-In Golf – at CityWalk by early 2012. The experience is being designed by Universal’s creative team to do for miniature golf what a blockbuster theme park attraction does for a movie: bring it alive in an entirely new way. The two state-of-the art 18-hole courses will be unlike any other mini golf experience.

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.

The new experience is being developed to complement Universal CityWalk’s role as an entertainment hub with something for everyone.

“We created Hollywood Drive-In to be fun and different and something everyone can enjoy,” said Ric Florell, senior vice president and general manager of resort revenue operations. “We used creative theming and state-of-the-art technology to take the experience to the next level. It’s perfect for Universal CityWalk – whether you are playing at 11am or 11pm.”

Situated just below the first level of CityWalk and next to the AMC Cineplex, guests will see the miniature golf courses as they are entering CityWalk from the parking garages. Construction on Hollywood Drive-In Golf is scheduled to begin this summer and the venue will open by early 2012.

Read the entire press release from Universal Orlando.

Friday, May 13, 2011 9:48 AM

CPcyclone said:
Something HAS to be done with the TTC. It's such an eyesore. I've seen new, elaborate bus stations in the middle of crumbling cities look better than this piece of garbage. Asside from the monorail, where's the theming we've come to expect from Disney?

I disagree 100%.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 8:54 PM

Returning from the park today.... there really isn't much space there... curious to see how they work it in between AMC, Valet and guest drop-off.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 9:00 PM

Wasn't that the bus drop-off loop, or am I thinking of the other side? No joke, despite annual passes and such, I've never come in through the parking garages. Ever. My first visit in 1990, they didn't exist, and every visit from 2001 on was via the hotel.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 9:08 PM

The bus loop/guest drop off are the same.. assuming they extend the course under the guest bridge.. there's space.. but not a lot.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 10:52 PM

I keep looking at the satellite photo of the area, and I just can't see how it can be shoehorned in that space. Screamscape seems to think that the valet parking will be sacrificed for the new attraction.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:11 PM

Wish I could upload photos directly into the chat... I don't see them losing valet. Always busy when I use it.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:28 PM

I though the same thing, but maybe mini golf would be more profitable, or maybe they are planning to move valet parking.

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Friday, May 13, 2011 11:51 PM

Looks like there's plenty of room to me. If it goes under the bridge and wraps around to the back of Bubba Gump, no problem. Compare to 36 holes at Cedar Point.

Last edited by Jeff, Friday, May 13, 2011 11:59 PM
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Saturday, May 14, 2011 8:11 PM

Very true... and looked again today and bus and guest drop off is on the other side of Universal Blvd so that's no issue..

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 2:21 AM

I didn't realize that either. For IAAPA 2001, the hotel shuttles dropped people off from service gates all around IAAPA, and then did pickup at the bus area, but I never realized it was on the other side of the road. Everything about that place is different when you're on the ground, and it's hard to keep a sense of direction.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011 10:34 AM

Well I think the Downtown area at Disneyland was done very well. I enjoyed Pleasure Island on my visits and wish it could have been saved.

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 10:34 AM

Re: Disney mini-golf

I was just at Disney the first week of May and on the day we went to Blizzard Beach, we played the "Snow Course" of Winter Summerland. While I really enjoyed the course and thought it was one of the best I have ever seen, there were only about 5-6 other families on BOTH courses. If it were in a different location, say right outside the gate of DHS or somewhere like that, it would probably be much more popular. Although I understand why it's there as it goes with the theme of Blizzard Beach.

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