• On Jan 20, 2022
    Arwind from IL Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    What does the “Waterpark & Sports” option offer? why does the website show that ESPN WW Sports is closed? What else would that option allow us to do? And how much time should we plan to spend there? Can I add option at a later date? Or buy onsite?


    Thanks for the question to planDisney. We always love the repeat visits!

    With the Water Park and Sports Option, you get a varying number of visits to some of the amazing venues at Walt Disney World that reside outside of the theme parks. Typically, you get one visit at any of these venues for each number of days that you purchased theme park passes. As an example, a 6-day park pass gets you 6 of these experiences. Let's review a few of these destinations

    Water Parks. Disney has two, though at certain times of the year they will have only one or the other open. It really doesn't matter, as I love them both. Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon Water Park and Disney’s Blizzard Beach Water Park both have an amazing array of water slides as well as great areas for relaxation. Counter service dining options also abound, meaning you can stay longer without having to leave the water park for lunch. 

    Sports Option A: Golf. You can take in the 9-hole walking course at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course. This covers just the green fees, so consider that you may need to bring or rent clubs.

    Sports Option B: Footgolf. Also located at Disney’s Oak Trail Golf Course, footgolf combines the organization of golf with the skills of soccer. Funny, but while I am bad at both golf and soccer, I do find this to be a fun alternative to both!

    Sports Option C: Miniature Golf. This option is a bit more at my speed of the golf versions that are available. Disney has two miniature golf courses. Disney’s Fantasia Gardens Miniature Golf Course and Disney’s Winter Summerland Miniature Golf Course are both fun, though I prefer the winter holiday theming of the latter.

    Sports Option D: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex really is for special sporting events, so while you might visit if someone in your party has a sports tournament scheduled here, it is otherwise unlikely that it will be a choice in your plans. 

    Should you get this option added to your tickets? Well, think about your current trip plans and see if these options fit into what you want to do. Since miniature golf must be played before 4 pm, it would likely interfere with a theme park day. The time it takes to play standard golf also likely cuts into a theme park day as well. My suggestion is to purchase it if you know you have at least two days to dedicate to water parks or golf outings. Otherwise, if just one day at one of these is needed, it might be more cost-conscious to just purchase those experiences separately.

    Finally, to your question about how late you could add the Water Park and Sports Option to your ticket purchase, you can do so even when you are already at Walt Disney World. Just go to Guest Services and they can tell you the cost and make the addition. 

    Have a Magical Vacation!

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