Animal Kingdom's Pandora: World of Avatar finally opens this Saturday. Disney World is know for their creativity and planning and they got right with their grand opening weekend. As Memorial approaches and students are out of school for summer break, Disney is expecting an increase in visitors. So why not unveil their latest park expansion.
If you are interested in riding a banshee over the moon, going on a musical quest through a bio-luminescent rainforests, hike floating mountains, or just taste exotic flavors of Pandora, then like many, you will be eagerly awaiting the grand opening. However, just a reminder that Animal Kingdom is only open between 8am and 3:30pm so you may want to get there early.
But wouldn't you enjoy living here, or at least near by. Central Florida has countless neighborhoods to choose from allowing you to be within minutes of Disney World and the newest Pandora. Disneyfanatic.com gives us the 5 Best places to live near Disney when you retire. But why wait.
5. Celebration – In the mid-nineties the Disney company developed the town of Celebration, inspired in part by Walt’s EPCOT dream. Looking at Celebration is like looking at a town straight out of a movie set, with manicured lawns and cohesive architecture. Downtown Celebration is a lovely place with cobblestone streets, lake views, unique shops, and a variety of restaurants.
4. Winter Park – The charming town of Winter Park is located on the north side of Orlando. The homes in Winter Park have stately character, since the community is well-established. Downtown Winter Park is a wonderful place to find boutiques and unique eateries with quaint vintage ambiance. On weekends in the central park you’ll find the rustic-chic farmer’s market full of whole foods and other creations, which draws visitors from miles around. Home to Rollins College and a stone’s throw from Downtown Orlando, Winter Park is a prime spot for those who love to experience the arts. If township charm and fuss-free elegance are your style, this is the near-to-Disney community for you.
3. Lake Nona – The relatively new – and still developing – community of Lake Nona, is located on the southeast side of Orlando. With a short drive to Orlando International Airport, this collection of neighborhoods allows easy access for jet setters. The Lake Nona community covers several well-kept neighborhoods that range from upper-level starter homes to luxury estates. A unique aspect of Lake Nona development is its eco-sustainability. 40% of the area is left as green space, which includes several lush parks, walkways, and waterfronts for residents to enjoy. If you love to enjoy nature, if you prefer new construction, and if (of course) you want to be close to Disney – well, then this could be the place for you.
2. Space Coast – Boat and fish on the intracoastal waterways. Surf the waves – or just walk the shore – at one of numerous pristine beaches. Watch rocket launches from your front porch. Bid bon voyage to cruise ships (including Disney Cruise Line ships) several times a week.
1. Golden Oaks – The luxury community of Golden Oaks is a Disney lovers’ paradise! Can you imagine living on-property, close enough to hear the fireworks each night? Add to that resident annual WDW passes, a membership to the Four Seasons, a community clubhouse with pool and golf privileges, extra-magic hours, and the Disney-level of service 24/7 and you’d basically be living the dream. But the dream will cost you – $2 million is the base price to buy a home in this community.
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