Awesome stuff, Steve! I browsed through a few days ago, but finally had time to go back and and thoroughly enjoy all of your photos and captions. The details are amazing that they've put in Miniland. I think the little sharks in the water, and the people making out between the buildings are my favorite, haha. Like many others, I flippin' LOVED Lego's when I was younger. I also still have all of mine crammed in boxes down in my basement. I can't wait to get down to Florida to check Legoland out for myself. Thanks for sharing.
Next we have Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf, the brand new and totally awesome mini golf course at Universal's City Walk! This is actually from about three weeks ago (March 4 to be exact), I just took forever to get the report up. There have already been a couple smaller reports of the course, but this one will be pretty comprehensive. Ready................go!
A little entrance sign action, this place looks terrific at night!
First we'll check out the "Sci-Fi" course.
Invaders from Planet Putt!
This little guy will be your putt putt liaison today. Just don't beat him, or he'll vaporize you.
Every hole had a clever introduction sign.
This is where laziness sets in and I don't caption any of the signs, they speak for themselves.
You're going to stick your alien probe WHERE?!?!
The outhouse had strobe lights that went off when you shot the ball under it. This is definitely an attraction you want to do at night!
Like any good mini golf course, this one had all kinds of obstacles.
So far, so good, haven't been vaporized!
This reminded me of the tripods from War of the Worlds, although it had more than three legs.
This was the first of two crazy contraptions, you hit the ball in that hole below the red tube and it carries your ball up to a trough in the wall next to it, and your ball rolls down randomly out onto the green near the hole.
Awwwww, a love bug!
Things are getting uneasy, UFOs are descending upon us!
This hole was a bit crazy, when you hit the ball into the "TV," crazy strobe lights went off while your ball bounced around inside and came out the other side.
The final hole is a giant worm next to the Bates house. Awesome!
Only way onward is down the worm's throat......
The hole in the worm's mouth is on a rotating platform, which might have been the most challenging putt ever!
Now it's time for the other course......
Themed to old horror flicks, it's The Haunting of Ghostly Greens!
I love corny jokes, and this hole had them all! And it also had wolf feet!
This just cracked me up.
When you hit your ball into this tomb, a sinister dead man laughed at you while you tried to finish the hole.
This hole was shaped like a doggy bone and had various pets "buried" underneath it.
This mound was the beloved family cat, and it meows at you while you try to putt. Seriously, it's hilarious.
If you successfully hit it into the snake's mouth and through his body, he poops the ball into the hole. I got a hole in one on this one!
The sign wasn't kidding, "loogies" get hawked at you as you cross the bridge! (ok, so it's really water, but the effect is there)
I've heard of sand traps on a golf course, but web traps?
There was a loop inside the tree stump, so if this hole had an rcdb listing, it would have one inversion.
There were many terrifying things behind the vines, but worst of all, there was..............
This hedge maze has the potential to trap you forever until you freeze to death, kinda like the end of The Shining. Thankfully we made it out.
This hole came complete with chainsaw sound effects.
Probably the most frustrating hole on the course, you have to ramp the ball into one of those steps so it drops down near the hole. Sorta like skee ball meets mini golf.
Time for the last hole!
Another crazy contraption, watch the video!
And in the end, Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf earns the Skycoastin Steve Stamp of Approval! Seriously, if you're in Orlando ever, stop by here and play this, but make sure you play at night. The full experience can only be had when it's dark!
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