Disney unveils Golden Oak luxury homes, offering a chance to live in the Walt Disney World resort

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Today Disney has revealed plans for Golden Oak, a new luxury residential resort community allowing families to actually purchase a home at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Fla.

Located southeast of the Magic Kingdom and north of Epcot (marked by an icon on the map below), the exclusive Golden Oak community will offer a single family custom homes priced between $1.5 and $8 million. Less than 30 home sites will be available for sale this year, so space is quite limited. The home designs have been created by Walt Disney Imagineers, making them dream homes for any Disney fan. The gated community will feature intimate neighborhoods and amenities within the entire 980-acre footprint.

“We have a range of options for guests at all price points to enjoy the Walt Disney World Resort. But Golden Oak is something totally new: a residential resort community, right in the heart of the magic,” said Matt Kelly, vice president, Disney Resort Real Estate Development. “Golden Oak will be a place where families can come together and make memories for generations to come – with Disney World right at their doorstep.”

The proposed private clubhouse, (pictured above) concierge services and collection of Walt Disney World Resort benefits will bring Disney’s guest service culture directly to Golden Oak residents. As previously announced, Golden Oak is planned to include Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, combining Disney’s renowned service and hospitality with Four Seasons’ defining standard of excellence. Golden Oak plans to offer residents access to select Four Seasons’ future amenities including the full-service spa, restaurants, golf course and event space.

Golden Oak will initially consist of three different types of single-family homes. Village Homes will feature Mediterranean style homes on sites up to one-quarter acre, Estate Homes will include architectural styles like Tuscan, Spanish Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Dutch Colonial and Island Colonial on approximately one-half-acre home sites and Grand Estate Homes, on home sites up to three-quarters-acre in size, will feature architectural styles consistent with Estate Homes.

Update: With so few homes available within Golden Oak, many are already curious if they will actually be lived in or if investors will simply grab them up, hoping to rent them as vacation homes. I asked about the possibility of rentals and Disney spokesman Benjamin Thompson told me, “Short term rentals will not be allowed at Golden Oak, but longer term rentals (great than 6 months) will be permitted.” So vacation homes are out of the question for this exclusive sub-community of Walt Disney World.

Beyond the obvious benefits of living so close to Disney’s theme parks and entertainment offerings, Thompson also told me that residents of Golden Oak will also receive “an exclusive package created expressly for Golden Oak residents will include in-park benefits, private VIP transportation, access to select special-event tickets and community-hosted activities throughout the year.” No word as to whether the “in-park benefits” will include free admission to the Walt Disney World theme parks.

More information about Golden Oak is available at disneygoldenoak.com, especially on their FAQ. Golden Oak will use a Priority Reservation List for potential homebuyers with an interest in purchasing a home. A position is secured on the list in the order in which a signed Lot Release Priority Agreement and a refundable $25,000 deposit is received. Deposits are now being accepted, with the first completed homes projected for 2011. At build-out, Golden Oak is anticipated to include approximately 450 homes.

Any buyers?

Concept art and more photos from Golden Oak:


  1. Daniel

    can you imagine the property taxes on those houses? does it come with a free lifetime pass to the parks?

  2. Andre Willey

    When you think how carefully and deliberately Walt Disney planned the purchase of all this land for his Florida Project – and now the current administration just sell off parts of the family silver for a quick one-off buck…

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    2. Scott B

      In all honesty, Walt’s original intention was to have a planned community residing inside the boundaries of the park. Of course this community was suppose to be more spaceage / futuresque and less luxury home, but other than that, this seems to be inline with his original intention.

  3. Wild Ol' Dan

    Howdy Pards,

    Tis an interesting thing. I wonder if anybody left at Disney is brave enough to champion Walt’s original plans for an Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow? It would be a wonderful thing to finally see Walt’s greatest dream come true. Ahhhh, but years have gone by now…so many of Walt’s original team have gone on ahead. And, instead of dreaming big dreams about the future…the current team has “other things” in mind…there is big money to be made in real estate. Remember Celebration? As I recall Golden Oak was the name of one of Walt’s movie ranches out Californy way… Adios for now. Talk to ya on down the trail. Wild Ol’ Dan

  4. Nick Lepa

    To be truthful, even if I was a multi millionaire I would not stay at a house when going to Disney. I wouldn’t remember staying in a gated community, but I do and always will remember staying at the All Stars Movie Resort and staying in the Wilderness Lodge Cabins with family! Wether I making $1 an hour or $1,000,000 an hour I will stick to the Disney hotel classics.

  5. Rachel

    As beautiful as these houses are, I think Walt would be disappointed. He was about hometown charm, not luxury. I don’t think this is what Walt had in mind for his Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow, this is something that should be found in Real Housewives of Orange County. I always thought Disney was more inclusive, there is something for every one and they bring magic and wonder to everyone. Remember Walt declined a VIP tour of the World’s Fair to walk around with everyone else. I’d much rather see something more like what Walt dreamed of.

  6. If you are a contrarian, this is the right time to do this. Disney knows what they are doing and this fufills a niche in the marketplace. As conditions improve, this may turn out to be a brilliant move. Conventional wisdom is rarely correct…

    1. Susan, I think you are right. Disney surely did their research on the demographics. Studies show that at age 63, the average person purchases their last vacation home… and that it will be the most expensive vacation home they buy in their lifetime. We have a wave of baby boomers just starting to hit age 63, and this wave will only increase over the next 3-5 years. That will be just enough time to sell out the community.

  7. Mike

    Is it just me, or did anyone else notice that the location of the logo on the map is EXACTLY where Fort Wilderness sits today?

    1. Ricky Brigante

      It’s close by, but not exactly there. Ft. Wilderness isn’t leaving.

  8. Jody

    Forget the luxury homes – how about a retirement community???

  9. Karly

    I am sorry but I think this is a bit crazy. Walt Disney drempt of a world meant for families young and old to experience the magic in life, and this among many other projects (VIP tickets) have strayed from what the experience that walt drempt of was. It seems that no one is looking out for the average family. The family who can not afford expensive add on’s to their vacations (such as the waterpark and more option) or can barely afford to go to walt disney world. Walt disney world is meant to be the happiest place on earth correct? If that is true then should all guests not be treated with the same amount of magic and wonder no matter how much they can afford to pay? Whether they can afford to stay at the value resorts, or the deluxe villas we should all have an equal oppertunity to live in the place that makes dreams come true, let’s face the facts when they say they are hitting people from all price ranges 1.5Million + is not the average person’s allowance for a vacation home . This neighbourhood seems to me like an overpriced Celebration, Fl minus the small town charm that walt intended. I believe that the disney company has made great advancements in the last few years but they are trying to fix what is not broken. Please keep the resort as a place where everyone can come together and celebrate what all began with a mouse.

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