Want To Be a Real-Life Fairy Princess?
You can have your own castle – a (really expensive) Disney World home.
Living in a Disney World home might seem a bit, um, bizarre—unless you’re obsessed with Disney and can cough up at least $1.5 million.
The Golden Oaks development, unveiled this week by the Disney Co., is just a few miles east of The Magic Kingdom, which seems appropriate. Like everything else Disney, it’s a pricey, squeaky-clean fantasy world that’s reserved, as the Golden Oaks website says, for “a fortunate few.”
And for what they’re asking, there won’t be more than a few. The 450 homes range in price from $1.5 million to $8 million. The development’s three “neighborhoods” – Carolwood, Silverbrook and Kimball Trace – include diverse styles like Venetian, Dutch Colonial, Island Colonial and Spanish Colonial. (Somehow the whole thing reminds us of McMansions in the style of the Real Housewives of New Jersey, but we’re probably too cynical.)
The Disney people also promise “unique privileges” at Walt Disney World, and by that, we’re hoping, they’ll get you to the head of the line right away. Otherwise, what’s the point?
And for the final Disney touch, the development sits on two golf courses.
The development is a risky venture for the Orlando area, which has seen home prices drop 50 to 60 percent of their value. And Florida has one of the nation’s highest foreclosure rates.
But out-of -town big spenders could make the development profitable, and Disney executives are doing everything they can to get it off to a big-money start—like requiring a $25,000 payment just to get on a sales-reservation list.
Got your checkbook? (Newser)
Jane Farrell is a senior editor for Betty Confidential.