How often do you travel to Walt Disney World Resort? Do you miss Disney the second you start heading back home after a trip? Well, you might want to consider moving near the Magic!

Living near Disney World is a dream lifestyle for many Disney Park enthusiasts. To be an Annual Passholder and go to the theme parks without needing to plan a vacation. Some of us have made the move to the Orlando area, too. Sure, it’s certainly an adjustment if you’re moving to Florida from out of state, but isn’t it great to pursue your lifestyle of choice?

A big factor in moving in is determining what kind of lifestyle you wish to have for everyday life. You can enjoy more than just the theme parks in Orlando. There’s the warm weather, swimming pools, lakes for boating or fishing, and festive arts to name a few options. You’re also close to Cocoa Beach and can travel anywhere within the state of Florida in less than a few hours.

The Orlando area is also big on community, too. You’ll find many welcoming communities for people looking to move to Central Florida. A great thing about the area is that you’ll meet new Disney friends! It’s great to be able to enjoy the special events available at Disney Resorts when you dine there, plus you have so many other entertainment options on property.

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Local Communities

Not sure where to move to? Below are several places to consider near Walt Disney World Resort:

  • Celebration
  • Winter Garden
  • Kissimmee
  • Windermere
  • Doctor Phillips section of Orlando
  • Horizon West
  • Lake Nona
  • Winter Park

Horizon West is a master-planned community located in Orange County. It borders the northern and western parts of Walt Disney World but is located on the non-tourist side, providing convenient access to Disney Parks while still maintaining a local hometown feel.

It’s the newest suburb of Orlando and is quickly becoming one of the fastest-growing areas in Orlando! With a brand new town center to stroll around, all the essentials are close by. Clean, upscale, brand-new homes are plentiful, too. The community features extra wide biking and walking trails.

Hamlin is the centerpiece of Horizon West and serves as the community shopping/dining/entertainment hub. The Horizon West development is divided into several areas that include the villages of Bridgewater, Lakeside and Hickory Nut. In spite of these designations, all of these areas share a postal code with Winter Garden, FL. 

People are attracted to this neighborhood for the same reasons they are attracted to Celebration – close proximity to Walt Disney World, lots of shopping and dining options and well cared for communities. Horizon West is a 26,000 acre planned community bordered by Disney World. It remains one of the most popular areas for Disney fans moving to Central Florida to be closer to the magic.

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Another growing area is Lake Nona, which is where 2,000+ Disney employees moving to from California!

Related: Even more Disney Employees are expected to relocate to Lake Nona from California

We may see another Disney community being developed in the near future! Disney and developer Tavistock Development are reportedly in talks to build a residential and commercial community in Lake Nona in southeast Orlando. The Orlando Business Journal is saying how sources tell them Tavistock may soon be Disney’s developer for the future mixed-use development.

All of these are wonderful residential communities with schools, businesses, and restaurant/entertainment options outside of Disney. Each area offers a different community lifestyle. You’ll find various single-family homes, townhomes, and apartment complexes.

We certainly enjoy the holidays as well in our communities here.

There’s also an abundance of lakes to see in the Windermere area!

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Of course, there’s always Downtown Orlando if you prefer to live in the city. But these towns or communities are among the closest to Disney Resort property. However, there is a very exclusive opportunity to live on Disney property at Golden Oak.

Related: 12 Disney World Attractions that Have Lasted Since Opening Day

Golden Oak

Golden Oak is a Disney Resort community located inside Walt Disney World Resort. Many people drive by the community entrance while traveling to Magic Kingdom. It’s incredible to be able to enjoy a luxury home without the need to leave the Disney Resort property.

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The Golden Oak neighborhood was inspired by Walt Disney’s Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, California. The ranch was a filming location for segments of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950s and received its name when some say gold was discovered under an oak tree in the mid-1800s. After “tremendous interest,” Disney Imagineers worked together to design the 980-acre neighborhood. There are almost 300 hundred on the site of Golden Oak.

Do you wish you could live in the Golden Oak community at Walt Disney World Resort? Maybe one day your wish will come true!

Unfortunately, you won’t ever see the Cinderella Castle show as available on the housing market. But you could find a new life living outside of Disney’s theme parks.

Also, feel free to contact me if you’re thinking about moving near Disney World. I can help you relocate to the Orlando area. I’m a realtor in the area and can help you find a home near Walt Disney World!

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