I found this festive nutcracker complete with tiki mugs, flower lei and boardshoarts at Target a few months ago, but I was saving this photo so I could wish everyone happy holidays!
Somehow I was under the impression that there wasn’t that much tiki in Florida, at least not in the coastal bars that call themselves “tiki.” I guess they all must have migrated inland—how else can you explain these two tiki-fied mini golf courses within a few miles of each other?
The two courses were not only entertaining, but also informative! Each dinosaur had a sign with its name and a description. I like how it looks like that triceratops is keeping an eye on that sneaky tiki.
This dome at the top of the course has a golden Moai inside—and also serves as a good shelter during a somewhat-expected downpour.
According to a video on their web site, this volcano/waterfall can spew fire Mirage-style. But we saw nothing, so it must lie dormant during the day or supposedly until someone gets a hole in one on the last putt.
Tiki Island Volcano Golf
7460 International Dr.
Orlando, FL 32819
Tourist traps in Orlando have the juggernaut of Walt Disney World to contend with, so many of the spots along International Drive have taken it to the next level to draw attention to themselves. Case in point, the Wonder Works children’s museum above, which looks as if a hurricane flipped it over.
Even normally humdrum mini golf attractions have stepped it up. The Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf has a 50-foot volcano/waterfall and at least half a dozen tikis that we spotted from the street.
I think I spotted photos of these tikis in albums at the Mai Tiki gallery, so I would guess that their studio had a hand in making them. We only stopped by so I could snap a few pics myself as we were actually on our way to yet another tiki-themed golf course in Lake Buena Vista — Tiki Island Adventure Golf.
Hawaiian Rumble Adventure Golf
8969 International Dr.
Orlando, Fl 32819