Universal Orlando announces Hollywood Drive-In Mini Golf coming to CityWalk in early 2012

in Entertainment, Theme Parks, Universal CityWalk, Universal Orlando


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 who plans on doing for miniature golf what their theme park attractions does for movies: bring it alive in an entirely new way. The two state-of-the art 18-hole courses are said to be unlike any other mini golf experience.

Inspired by the classic drive-in movie era, guests will enter 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. 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.

“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. It will be built in a currently unused area, near the existing valet (which will remain). It remains to be decided whether the usual parking garage fee will be required to play at the new mini-golf courses or whether they’ll have separate parking. Construction on Hollywood Drive-In Golf is scheduled to begin this summer and the venue will open by early 2012.


  1. EricJ

    Was this their “big announcement” before Star Tours? 😉

    1. Ricky Brigante

      No, that’s still coming on May 19. It will be the replacement of Jimmy Neutron’s Nicktoon Blast (likely themed to “Despicable Me” and/or DreamWorks CG films) as well as a “high-tech enhancement” to a popular ride (possibly digital projections on Spider-Man… or something else).

      1. EricJ

        (Joke, JOKE! :)
        Still, would be a nice colorful warmup, for those who like to spend a little on-Universal time before the Disney, and find Fantasia Gardens a little too difficult.)

  2. Si Ja Wa

    This would be a lot of fun. Always take an evening to do a silly mini-golf and meal. This might be lined up for next year.

    Still nothing major yet though :(

  3. Scott B

    Whew, FINALLY something to alleviate those long lines at the Harry Potter island.

  4. Scott

    Sounds like a really awesome idea! I hope them announcing this pushes Disney into filling up some of the holes over in Downtown Disney.

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