Pixar movie mini-golf holes, ranked by Disney-ness

Motion pictures aren’t simply motion pictures anymore — they’re experiences. Typically, that have is mini-golf.

Earlier this month, Polygon staffers Petrana Radulovic and Austen Goslin journeyed to the west aspect of New York Metropolis to play by means of Pixar Putt, a Pixar-themed mini-golf “expertise.” The course, made up of 18 Pixar-themed holes, examined their placing abilities (somebody acquired a gap in a single). However as Disney consultants, they couldn’t assist however consider the entire gap expertise. There’s a distinction between a themed gap and an immersive Pixar expertise. Clearly.

Pixar Putt kicks off at a gap tied to this summer season’s Luca, the Italy-set, sea monster journey about friendship. Readily available for our putt-putt motion was actress Emma Berman, who performs Giulia, the plucky fishmonger’s daughter who befriends sea monsters Alberto and Luca, who shared how she associated to her character.

“We’re each very energetic and goofy and awkward typically,” Berman says. “However she additionally conjures up me to be such a tough employee, and he or she’s pal and a loyal pal, daughter and every thing. I do relate to her within the sense that we’re each very captivated with our goals.” (Her favourite character, in addition to Giulia, she additionally informs us, is Machiavelli the grumpy cat).

Berman doesn’t greet each visitor on the Luca gap, however the tie-in designs for the remainder of the course had been as much as par. As Pixar followers, right here is our official Polygon Pixar Putt evaluation.

18. The Good Dinosaur gap

a green circular golf hole with little gophers in it

Photograph: Austen Goslin

Are you able to inform what film that is from? As a result of we couldn’t at first. I needed to lookup a listing of Pixar motion pictures in an effort to work out which one was lacking after which I typed in “Good dinosaur gophers??” Certain sufficient, there is a gopher scene in Pixar’s considerably maligned prehistoric journey film. In my protection, I believe I fell asleep the one and solely time I watched The Good Dinosaur. —Petrana Radulovic

17. The Automobiles gap

petrana standing in front of a lightning mcqueen themed mini golf course, with a big smile

Photograph: Austen Goslin

As Polygon’s resident Cars Stan™, I clearly took an image with the Lightning McQueen-themed gap. And whereas I used to be very pleased to see it, I couldn’t assist however suppose it had extra potential. In spite of everything, that is Automobiles we’re speaking about — the opening might be a racetrack! Or the stretch of desert highway the place Doc Hudson teaches Lightning McQueen to float! And even simply… like tires on a highway! The Automobiles gap will get factors for being flashy, very similar to Mr. McQueen himself, however … immersive, it was not. —Petrana

16. The Wall-E gap

a circular minigolf course designed to look like Pixar’s WALL-E; Austen stands next to it

Photograph: Petarna Radulovic

It was very cute, however that’s about it. I do love EVE’s lil’ smile. —Petrana

15. The creepy Toy Story 4 ventriloquist gap

austen faces off against a creepy ventriloquist dummy

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

petrana poses in front of the ventriloquist dummy, making the same face it is

Photograph: Austen Goslin

In case you couldn’t inform, that is an homage to the Toy Story sequel from 2019. I don’t just like the lifeless eyes of this puppet man gazing me, however that didn’t cease me from taking an image the place I faux to be it. —Petrana

14. The Monster’s Inc. gap

a minigolf hole that has the same colors as sully

Photograph: Austen Goslin

This gap is principally a primary draft of a Monster’s Inc. mini-golf gap. It isn’t dangerous, but it surely additionally isn’t thrilling. There are doorways and one a part of the course is Sully coloured so we knew immediately that it was Monster’s Inc., however the course is slim and didn’t permit for a lot apart from an easy journey to the flag. —Austen

13. A Bug’s Life gap

a minigolf hole that has a leaf on it

Photograph: Austen Goslin

There’s a leaf. The leaf is curved and factors on to the opening … that’s it, that’s all there may be. —Austen

12. The Onward gap

a minigolf hole that is a van that leads into a DnD style sorta situation on the bottom with a magical staff and dice

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

On the Onward gap, there’s a van with a ramp and when you hit the ball inside, it rolls out the tailpipe. The one downside is that the ramp is slightly slick and uneven, which suggests it’s a must to hit it fairly arduous so typically the ball’s spot will get bizarre after it exits the tailpipe. Then again, this gap had nice thematic parts like fantasy-themed flags and decorations, so it wins again just a few factors there. —Austen

11. The Incredibles gap

austen putts near a giant robot

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

My favourite a part of the Incredibles gap is that you simply get to decide on which member of the Parr household your golf ball finally ends up. Interactive! The brilliant colours actually elevate this gap, even when the Omnidroid might be higher built-in. Because it stands, it’s simply there for the balls to roll below. —Petrana

10. The Buzz Lightyear gap

petrana standing in front of the buzz lightyear hole

Photograph: Austen Goslin

This gap is sort of boring and the one time I did it I missed the ramp completely and nonetheless acquired a gap in a single. That being mentioned, I did get a gap in a single and that sort of flattery is rewarded right here. —Austen

AUSTEN GOT A HOLE IN ONE HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! —Petrana

9. The Toy Story alien gap

green aliens in a hole

Photograph: Austen Goslin

Toy Story is properly represented on the Pixar Putt course, however this one is my private favourite. It’d be cooler if the claw did one thing, however because it stands: cool idea, might be higher in execution. —Petrana

8. The Inside Out gap

a brightly colored mini golf hole

Photograph: Austen Goslin

It is a fairly good gap to play, though it’s probably not all that Inside Out-themed. When you painted this slightly in a different way I’m unsure I’d have the ability to guess it. Oh properly, it’s nonetheless a reasonably good putt putt gap both manner. —Austen

7. The Luca gap

austen, somehow wearing long sleeves and long pants in 95 degree weather, putts a golf ball in a course designed to look like an idyllic seaside town in italy

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

I do actually just like the design of this one — in concept. It harkens again to the climatic second of the film, the place the three youngsters have to bike down the hill for the Portorosso cup. Nonetheless, it’s the first gap of the expertise and completely manner too arduous! Or possibly I’m simply very dangerous at mini-golf! —Petrana

6. The Ratatouille gap

a minigolf course that makes food look rat sized

Photograph: Austen Goslin

A rat’s eye view — good. This gap is extra advanced than the Bug’s Life one and the little particulars, just like the writing on the milk carton, actually make it (even when the chef’s hat is to not measurement, however okay we will forgive that). The one downside is I’m genuinely unsure the place to step right here with out unintentionally knocking right into a knife. —Petrana

5. The Soul gap

a funky piano descends upon a city skyline, except it’s minigolf

Photograph: Austen Goslin

This gap is so cool. The cityscape with the piano staircase is a superb look, it’s tall and thrilling and suits the film completely. It’s fairly easy, which retains it from the very high of our listing, but it surely’s actually glorious. —Austen

4. The Courageous gap

austen crouches next to a hole that is shaped like an archery target

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

This was actually a cross/fail sort of gap. The designers both put a functioning archery goal so that you can shoot your ball towards or they didn’t. Fortunately, they got here by means of right here and it immediately features a high 5 spot on our listing. —Austen

3. The Coco gap

a hole with a bridge over a guitar, austen stands over it

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

This gap includes placing the ball down the strings of a guitar. It’s a improbable characteristic and feels thrilling — even when it places the ball on rails. The course additionally includes a huge bridge that’s fairly difficult, because the ball can skip over the sting of the course if you happen to go too quick over the bridge. Entrance to again this completely captures the film whereas additionally being a enjoyable and distinctive mini-golf gap that in all probability would exist if it wasn’t Coco-themed. —Austen

2. The Up gap

a minigolf course where there is a little house with balloons attached, much like Pixar’s Up

Photograph: Austen Goslin

That is simply cool! The little home is … imagined to go up!! Identical to the title of the film! The one cause this doesn’t utterly sweep is that we had been too intimidated to strive it as a result of we had been afraid of breaking it, however judging by video footage of people that really efficiently golfed this gap … it appears cool! —Petrana

1. The Discovering Nemo gap, my beloved

petrana crouches next to a wide mouthed pelican

Photograph: Austen Goslin

austen stands next to a course that looks like a well-worn dock

Photograph: Petrana Radulovic

Now that is what I’m speaking about — not solely does the Discovering Nemo gap appear like it was lifted from the film set, it was additionally surprisingly difficult! It’s not particularly ocean or fish-themed, however it’s clear what film that is from. Additionally, whereas difficult (these slats!), it’s nonetheless possible for somebody as horrible at mini-golf as I’m. Am I biased as a result of Nigel the Pelican is my Disneystrology counterpart? Maybe. —Petrana

All these Pixar motion pictures can be found on Disney Plus, with Luca out on Blu-Ray and DVD now.


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