What if you never had to leave the Happiest Place on Earth?
If you’re a Disney Parks fan, you probably have a long bucket list of things you want to experience at the Disney Parks, from trying every flavor of Dole Whip to seeing inside Walt Disney’s apartment above the Main Street Firehouse at Disneyland. But did you know that you can add “live at Walt Disney World” to your Disney bucket list?
That’s right. It’s possible to actually live at the Most Magical Place on Earth, and it’s called Golden Oak. “A magnificent residential community representing the very best in timeless luxury,” as stated on the official website, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World is a community of family homes on Walt Disney World property, minutes away from the theme parks. This is where the ultimate Disney fans can live out their dreams of never leaving their favorite place. Here’s how you can actually live inside Walt Disney World Resort.
Where is Golden Oak?
Golden Oak is situated right in the middle of the magic at Walt Disney World Resort, as you can see on the map above (the gold tree represents Golden Oak). Adjacent to the Four Seasons Resort Orlando and in the Bay Lake area, the Golden Oak neighborhoods are a minutes drive from each of the four Walt Disney World theme parks and water parks, and just under three miles from Disney Springs. So with all of the entertainment, leisure, fun, and relaxation Walt Disney World property has to offer guests and even residents, you truly don’t ever have to leave the Disney bubble if you purchase a home in one of the seven Golden Oak neighborhoods.
How much does it cost?
Living at Walt Disney World sounds like a luxury, and it will cost you. Prices for homes can range anywhere from over $2 million to around $6 million. While that’s a pretty steep cost and is definitely out of budget for so many Disney fans, keep in mind what you are getting for the price.
For a few million dollars, you can either choose from one of the available homes or customize your own. Once you factor in the cost of your home, your homeowner’s association fees, and all other associated costs, the amenities are pretty fantastic. Every resident of Disney’s Golden Oak has virtually the same benefits that you would get as a guest of the Walt Disney World Resort hotels, and then some. Here are some of the benefits of living at Golden Oak:
- Access to Extra Magic Hours at the Disney Parks
- Free delivery of merchandise purchased at the Disney Parks or Disney Springs
- Access to signature and special events at the Disney Parks and Disney Springs
- Discounted rates for Walt Disney World golf
- Access to Disney Vacation Club lounges, like Top of the World at Bay Lake Tower
- Access to select Disney Vacation Club events at Walt Disney World Resort
- Limited booking windows when registering for runDisney races
In addition to these perks, residents of Golden Oak are basically treated like guests staying club level at Walt Disney World Resort. They receive excellent service and amenities while living on Disney property. How awesome is that?
How can you live there?
If you’re interested in living at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World, simply visit the official website here for more information or schedule a tour during your next Walt Disney World vacation. Prospective home buyers have the option of purchasing a Golden Oak home up for resale, purchasing a brand-new home currently under construction, or purchasing a custom-built home at Golden Oak. Of course, any of these options will cost you millions of dollars, but if you consider yourself a Disney super fan and you’ve been plotting ways to never leave the Most Magical Place on Earth, Golden Oak may be the best option for you.
Want to see inside the Golden Oak homes before booking a tour for yourself? Check out our post here, where we give you a special look into what it would feel like to live in a Golden Oak neighborhood. Some of the homes even have themed rooms!
We understand that living on Walt Disney World property isn’t possible for everyone; we can’t all move across the country and live a few miles from a theme park. So if you’re interested in having the feeling of living at Walt Disney World without buying a luxury home, consider Disney Vacation Club, Disney’s version of a timeshare program, where you’re greeted with a “Welcome home!” every time you arrive at your Disney resort. You can read more about Disney Vacation Club here.