Toy Box Mini Golf, the world’s first toy-themed mini golf course, has opened in Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with nearly 50 gigantic reminders of childhood playtime, including a pair of 20-foot-tall rock ‘em sock ‘em-style robots duking it out until their heads pop off.
Among the “what’s new for 2021” additions to the Pigeon Forge family vacation destination near the Smoky Mountains National Park is this nostalgia-filled return to childhood, as seen through the eyes of the toys everyone knows and loves.
From mega-sized board games and Jenga, to the maddening challenge of the Rubik’s cube, competitiveness of darts, and pixilated simplicity of retro video game characters, larger-than-life classic toys combine yesteryear whimsy and modern-day Instagram-worthiness in a family-friendly round or two of mini golf. There is even a super-soaker fountain recalling the dog days of summer, when watery ambushes were the height of playtime fun.
A 2,500-square-foot toy box housing a toy store, candy shop, and laser maze challenge sits at the center of the attraction, with its colorful contents spilling into the surrounding area. Visitors have a toy’s eye view as they putt their way around the course, stopping for those all-important selfies as they rack up their best scores.
The 18-hole, outdoor course was inspired by owner Chucky Blalock’s childhood. “I have always enjoyed playing with toys,” he said. “With memories going back to my first set of Legos as a young child, I wanted to build a fun atmosphere where families could immerse themselves in a wonderland with toys way larger than life!”
After a rousing game of mini golf, head to nearby TopJump Trampoline & Extreme Arena and experience an indoor trampoline park, climbing center, and ninja warrior course, plus a candy store and games arcade.
Tickets to Toy Box Mini Golf are sold on Dollywood Lane in Pigeon Forge, or they can be purchased online in advance. For more information, visit ToyBoxGolf.com.