Australia’s much-loved mini-golf phenomenon is back at the Riverbank Promenade in Adelaide as the weather warms.
Review by Carla Caruso
This pop-up attraction is the perfect marriage: mini golf, plus Disney!
Pixar Putt Pop-up Mini Golf has returned to Adelaide for a second time, bringing its Pixar-themed pop-up mini golf course to the Riverbank Promenade. (Animation studio Pixar has been a subsidiary of Disney since 2006.)
The open-air mini golf sensation also tours elsewhere in Australia, as well as the US and Asia.
The Adelaide setting for it, just outside the Convention Centre, couldn’t be more perfect – or convenient. It has a real carnival vibe with the River Torrens glittering in the background, and the sound of faux seagulls cawing (care of its Finding Nemo hole) and Disney music playing.
Players can choose to do nine putt-putt holes or 18. Golf clubs, balls and a scorecard are, naturally, all provided.
Each hole is inspired by the stories, characters, and icons from some of Pixar’s most beloved films. Think Toy Story, Elemental, Cars, Monsters Inc., Luca, The Incredibles, Onward, A Bug’s Life, Wall-E, Lightyear, and Turning Red.
You’ll definitely be inspired to have a nostalgic movie night afterwards.
If you’re wondering if it’s similar to last time (it was here in 2021), we can confirm that many of the Pixar-themed stations are the same favourites, but there are also some new ones. So, it’s not exactly the same experience.
We love the interactive elements of many of the stations, such as the Inside Out hole, where you pick a coloured tunnel, inspired by an emotion, to drop your ball into. Or the Soul one, where you hit a giant piano key to make your ball roll down a piano staircase.
The final Up-themed hole you have to see for yourself!
Being a portable golf course, we did find some corners a little sharper/trickier to navigate (upping the challenge!) and a few balls did go over the edge of the stations. But, all in all, you can’t do better for an awesome atmosphere and some family fun – with a sprinkling of friendly competition thrown in.
Also, there are after-dark sessions from Thursday to Saturday, especially for those aged 18+, with a pop-up bar on-site. (Each putt-putt hole has a little shelf, where you can handily rest a drink or your handbag too.)
The pop-up golfing attraction, here just in time for the school hols, is on from Friday 29 September to Sunday 22 October 2023.
It’s recommended that you book online, in advance, to secure a preferred tee-off time. (Course capacity is limited, so door sales are possible, but subject only to session availability. Also, please note, no live characters appear on-site, though there is a photo opportunity with a statue of Buzz Lightyear.)
Get yourself down to the riverbank ASAP!
All photos by James Elsby for Play & Go Adelaide
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As per all our Play & Go reviews, this review is done completely independently. Tickets were kindly gifted. All photos are by Play & Go (unless specified).
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