Buying Homes in Orlando: Reasons for Living Near Disney

Every Disney fan has asked themselves the question: “What would it be like to live here”? Well, as Disney fans who have ‘moved to the magic’, we can help. Our Moving to Orlando is a real estate team, our site, and its associated Facebook group is dedicated to helping you answer the questions about buying homes in Orlando and life living near Disney. Here are just five reasons (there are many more) why Disney fans love moving to Orlando!

'Ohana Restaurant at Disney's Polynesian Resort in Orlando

No more making ADR’s 6 months in advance

Don’t lie. You’ve done it more times than you can count. You were up first thing in the morning, exactly six months to the day to book that coveted reservation at (fill in the current ‘must-do-or-my-vacation-is-ruined’ restaurant here). Instead, you have bought a home and live in the Orlando area. So, you open up your MDE app in the morning and start perusing which restaurants are available that night. You’ll get to experience (and discover) restaurants you may have previously passed on because that vacation time only allows for so much dining. For me personally, this has been one of the greatest perks of living in Orlando.

Disney Cruise Line's upcoming Disney Wish

Disney Cruise Line is an hour away and FLORIDA RESIDENT RATES

Disney Cruise Line LOVES Florida residents, and they show their love with some great Florida resident rates. It’s not unusual to find 4-night cruises for $700 per person in a balcony stateroom. If you want a nice long-weekend getaway, a 3-night sailing is as low as $600 a person. I understand that most people, regardless of where they live, can’t just up and go on a cruise – but it’s always nice to have options.

Lobby of Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge


Living in here brings a whole new level to the concept of ‘stay-cations’. Just because I have a house that’s about 40 minutes away from the parks, doesn’t mean I don’t like to go and ‘have the experience’. Again – think of that long weekend in the fall. A room at the Boardwalk, some time at Food and Wine. Oh, forgot your phone charger at home? I’ll be right back.

Space 220 restaurant at Epcot

No more waiting to experience the newest ride, show, attraction or restaurant

The most torturous time for a Disney fan is when a major new ride, show, attraction, or restaurant opens – and you have to wait a year. Living in Orlando removes the need for that. Living here provides a level of instant gratification. The 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World is now. There are a lot of ‘Disney transplants’ who are very glad they moved here!

Arial view of Epcot

Epcot becomes your “Central Park”

My good friend and colleague, Kevin Klose, pointed this out years ago. For Orlando locals / Disney fans, Epcot becomes your “Central Park”. I know this is true for me, and countless others I’ve spoken to – sometimes we go to Epcot to just hang out. Grab some quick-serve food, walk around World Showcase – maybe stay for the fireworks, then head home. No ADRs, No FastPasses, no flights or hotel rooms – just a nice relaxing evening in the most magical place on earth. As you leave the park, you think to yourself “This is my life now”. It’s a moment you don’t forget.

There is no shortage of things to do in Central Florida and things to do at Disney when you become a local. If you are ready to buy a home in Orlando and make the move to Florida to take advantage of all the great entertainment opportunities, our Moving to Orlando REALTORS are here to help you navigate the market. Take a moment to fill out our contact form, and someone will be in contact with you!

Pete Werner

I'm an Orlando local and owner of The DIS (,,, and host of the DIS Unplugged podcast.

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