You’ve opened this article, so I assume you’re considering moving to Orlando or have already made it happen. I’ve noticed a common theme from the Moving to Orlando Facebook group, and it’s not surprising. A primary reason for moving is to live near Walt Disney World. With that in mind, something else I’ve observed (and experienced myself) is guilt. The guilt you feel about moving away from your hometown (away from family and friends) to be closer to Disney is real. 

Being a Disney fan is something a lot of people don’t get. “You’re going to Disney again?” is a phrase we are used to hearing. Even though Paul and I have been fortunate to find friends who share the same Disney love, visit as often as we do, and aspire to live close to the magic, our family at home doesn’t understand. Despite prepping them for two years, it felt like we dropped a bomb on them the day we officially said we were moving to Florida.

I tried to think of the easiest way to cushion the blow. “We are moving for jobs,” I would say, “And for better opportunities.” Let’s face it. There isn’t a lot going on in Wheeling, West Virginia. I was a public school teacher for 11 years and wanted to leave the profession. Paul worked as a financial director for a medical practice with a soon-to-retire owner/doctor. We needed a career change, and we weren’t going to find it at home. “We are moving because we hate winter” sounded like another good option. I do hate the cold. “We want to be near more things to do like theme parks, beaches, cruise ports, etc.” We already have to drive an hour to Pittsburgh for better entertainment options.

All those reasons have truth to them. However, the indisputable fact was that we wanted to be close to Disney. We wanted Disney World and our interest and expertise in Disney to become an even bigger part of who we are. We wanted to live close enough to the magic to stop missing out on Disney events, festivals, and holidays. It took me a long time to admit that to myself. Once I got past the idea that it was wrong to feel that way, I realized it was actually okay. 

It’s okay to move because you love Disney and want to spend your free time somewhere that brings you joy. 

It’s okay to move because it’s your dream to work for or do work related to Disney.  

It’s okay to move so you can visit Disney after work.

It’s okay to move so you don’t have to choose between the Food & Wine or Flower & Garden Festival. 

It’s okay to move so you can go to Disney Springs for date nights. 

It’s okay to move so you don’t miss another holiday celebration at Disney. 

It’s okay to move so you can see the fireworks regularly. 

It’s okay to move so your children can grow up experiencing the Disney magic week after week. 

It’s okay to move somewhere that makes you truly happy. 

It’s okay to move for Disney. 

Your family will still be your family, and you can always travel home to visit them. They can also visit you. I’m willing to bet they will have a lot more fun visiting you. You can still call, text, use FaceTime, and Zoom. Your love for each other won’t change just because the distance between you has. 

I had a poster that hung in my classroom when I taught. I would make my students read it, think about it, live by it. It dawned on me one day the words were something I needed to apply to myself as well.

You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. 

If moving near Disney is something you truly want, take that chance. See how it goes. It’s okay to move for Disney. You are not alone, and you have no reason to feel guilty. 

If you’re ready to take that shot and speak with one of our Moving to Orlando real estate professionals about purchasing a home in the Central Florida area, you can fill out our contact form here and someone will be in contact with you.

Amy Krieger

Amy loves all things Disney from the theme parks and resorts to the beloved films. She and her husband, Paul, are originally from Wheeling, West Virginia. They now live in Central Florida with their two fur kids, Odie the greyhound and Hermes the Spanish galgo. As Disney Vacation Club members and Disney World Annual Passholders, they visit Disney World and other Disney properties as often as possible. Full time, Amy is the Manager of Loan Origination for Monera Financial, a World of DVC company where she helps buyers finance DVC contracts. She is also a contributing writer for a few DIS websites.

3 thoughts on “It’s Okay to Move for Disney

  • Good for you, Paul and Amy. I love reading your posts (and watching your videos) and I’m really happy for you both!

  • Great article! I love Disney and I love being an annual passholder! Thank you for supporting all the Disney fans. 😉

  • Hello there, I just happened upon this article and it truly brought a tear to my eye. We live in Canada, and have forever been Disney lovers. We started going with our kids when they were 2 & 5 and fell in love. We both just took early retirement and sold our home….I’ve never allowed myself to think about the reality of maybe actually moving to be closer to Disney…it’s a place, like for so many that truly brings us so much joy!
    Thank you for your article xo


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