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

Films aren’t simply films anymore — they’re experiences. Generally, that have is mini-golf.

Earlier this month, Polygon staffers Petrana Radulovic and Austen Goslin journeyed to the west facet of New York Metropolis to play by Pixar Putt, a Pixar-themed mini-golf “expertise.” The course, made up of 18 Pixar-themed holes, examined their placing expertise (somebody received a gap in a single). However as Disney specialists, 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. 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. Berman shared how she associated to her character.

“We’re each very energetic and goofy and awkward generally,” Berman stated. “However she additionally conjures up me to be such a tough employee, and she or he’s a very good pal and a loyal pal, a very good daughter and all the things. I do relate to her within the sense that we’re each very keen about our desires.” (Her favourite character moreover Giulia, she additionally knowledgeable 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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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 films as a way to work out which one was lacking after which I typed in “Good dinosaur gophers??” Positive sufficient, there is a gopher scene in Pixar’s considerably maligned prehistoric journey film. In my protection, I feel 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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

As Polygon’s resident Automobiles Stan™, I clearly took an image with the Lightning McQueen-themed gap. And whereas I used to be very blissful to see it, I couldn’t assist however assume it had extra potential. In any case, that is Automobiles we’re speaking about — the opening could possibly 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 like 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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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 observing me, however that didn’t cease me from taking an image the place I fake to be it. —Petrana

14. The Monsters Inc. gap

a minigolf hole that has the same colors as sully

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

This gap is principally a primary draft of a Monsters 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-colored, so we knew straight away that it was Monsters Inc., however the course is slim and didn’t permit for a lot aside from a simple journey to the flag. —Austen

13. A Bug’s Life gap

a minigolf hole that has a leaf on it

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

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 implies you need to hit it fairly exhausting — so generally, the ball’s spot will get bizarre after it exits the tailpipe. Then again, this gap had nice thematic components like fantasy-themed flags and decorations, so it wins again a couple of factors there. —Austen

11. The Incredibles gap

austen putts near a giant robot

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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

10. The Buzz Lightyear gap

petrana standing in front of the buzz lightyear hole

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

This gap is sort of boring and the one time I did it I missed the ramp completely and nonetheless received a gap in a single. That being stated, I did get a hole-in-one, 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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

Toy Story is effectively 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, could possibly be higher in execution. —Petrana

8. The Inside Out gap

a brightly colored mini-golf hole

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

This can be a fairly good gap to play, though it’s probably not all that Inside Out-themed. Should you painted this slightly in a different way, I’m undecided I’d be capable of guess it. Oh effectively, it’s nonetheless a reasonably good putt-putt gap both approach. —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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

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 children must bike down the hill for the Portorosso Cup. Nevertheless, it’s the first gap of the expertise and completely approach too exhausting! Or perhaps I’m simply very dangerous at mini-golf! —Petrana

6. The Ratatouille gap

a mini-golf course that makes food look rat sized

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

A rat’s-eye view — good. This gap is extra complicated 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 OK we are able to forgive that). The one downside is, I’m genuinely undecided the place to step right here with out by accident knocking right into a knife. —Petrana

5. The Soul gap

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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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

4. The Courageous gap

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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

This was actually a move/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 right here and it immediately positive factors a top-5 spot on our record. —Austen

3. The Coco gap

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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

This gap entails placing the ball down the strings of a guitar. It’s a implausible characteristic and feels thrilling — even when it places the ball on rails. The course additionally contains a large bridge that’s fairly difficult, because the ball can skip over the sting of the course when you 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

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

That is simply cool! The little home is … presupposed to go up!! Similar to the title of the film! The one purpose 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 to be like cool! —Petrana

1. The Discovering Nemo gap, my beloved

petrana crouches next to a wide mouthed pelican

Picture: Austen Goslin/Polygon

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

Picture: Petrana Radulovic/Polygon

Now that is what I’m speaking about. Not solely does the Discovering Nemo gap seem like it was lifted from the film set, it was additionally surprisingly tough! It’s not particularly ocean- or fish-themed, however it’s clear what film that is from. Additionally, whereas tough (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 films can be found on Disney Plus, with Luca out on Blu-ray and DVD now.

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