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10 Reasons Why You Should Move To Walt Disney World When You Retire

Moving to Florida upon retirement is a common dream. Whether it’s a full time move, or you want to be a “snow bird” and escape the worst weather of the year, it’s a dream worth looking into. Walt Disney World is for all ages, which makes Central Florida a great place to spend your golden years. Here are ten reasons why you should make your dreams come true and move close to Walt Disney World once you retire.

10. Golf

Whether you’re an avid player or a beginner, you’ll fit right in on a Walt Disney World golf course. There are four great courses to choose from. All have their own challenges, and they are all different. If you’ve never played before you can take lessons. If the full game isn’t for you, Walt Disney World also has two fun miniature golf courses. For more information on tee times, discounts, and more, call 407-WDW-GOLF (407-939-4659).

9. Something for Everyone

There is something for everyone at Walt Disney World, it is not just for theme park fanatics. You can shop around the world, meet a princess or two, or relax on a lazy river. There are rides for everyone as well, and you don’t have to be a teenager to enjoy some of the biggest thrills that Walt Disney World has to offer. If you retire to Central Florida, you’ll be able to explore at your own pace instead of trying to cram everything in on a short trip.

8. Incredible Food

If you love food, you will be in paradise at Walt Disney World! There are restaurants with celebrity chefs’ creations and delicious offerings from around the planet. You might find a favorite restaurant and visit it frequently, or maybe instead you’ll see how many different places you can try. Living in Florida will also make it easier to visit during special events like the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. You’ll be able to take your time filling your passport and you can return often to have your favorites once again. Walt Disney World has some of the best restaurants in the state of Florida. If you live nearby you’ll be able to try them all.

7. International Experiences

You may often say that you want to travel once you retire. If you retire to Walt Disney World you’ll be able to do just that; without having to pack your suitcase. World Showcase allows you to visit 11 different countries. Living nearby will give you the luxury of really exploring each pavilion and learning about the people and the culture, you won’t have to hurry through. At Disney’s Animal Kingdom you can head out on safari and learn about Africa, and then a short walk away you’ll enter Asia. You’ll be able to travel the world and still sleep in your own bed each night.

6. Location

They say that location is everything when it comes to where you live, and Walt Disney World is in an incredible location. There are several beaches just an hour’s drive away. There are fun, quick destinations like the Orlando Eye that you’ll want to check out. There are also peaceful places to visit such as the Disney Wilderness Preserve. Visit the Florida Everglades or St. Augustine. If you feel like taking a weekend road trip, hop in the car and head to Miami or the Florida Keys. There are museums, theatrical plays, sports teams, and so much more in Central Florida. If you retire in the area you won’t ever be bored; unless you want to be.

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5. Winter Weather

You’ve spent too much of your life shoveling snow! In Orlando, the only snow that you’ll see is made out of soap. While it does occasionally get cold during the winter, a frost warning is a lot better than a blizzard warning. The average high temperature in the area for January is 72 degrees and the average low is 49, that’s probably much more comfortable than what you’re used to. No snow means no more taking careful steps on ice or having to wear clothes that weigh more than you do just to go outside. You’ll also see beauty all year long; no more barren trees or brown grass (before the snow falls) in the winter. There are flowers and palm trees instead. The winter weather alone is a main reason that many people retire to Central Florida. Walt Disney World is an added bonus.

4. Florida Resident Discounts

Moving to Florida means that you’ll save money on your Walt Disney World tickets. The best discounts are for Annual Passholders, and there are more options to choose from. You’ll also be able to pay for your tickets monthly in you want to. Once you have your passes you’ll receive discounts on some food, merchandise, and more. Walt Disney World isn’t the only place that has Florida resident discounts. You’ll be surprised by how much you’ll be able to save on some of the other area attractions.

3. A Fun Part Time Job

Many retirees don’t like sitting home and not working, they just don’t want to work full time anymore. Walt Disney World has a great solution; apply for a part time job! There are retirees in positions throughout the theme parks and in the restaurants, shops, and hotels. You can use your experience and help people make memories at the same time. There are plenty of benefits like free tickets, merchandise discounts, and access to Mickey’s Retreat. You have to admit, working part time at Walt Disney World will certainly beat bagging groceries at the local store.

2. Active Retirement Living

Retired people near Walt Disney World live life at the pace that they want to. “The Florida Lifestyle” is an expression that is used all the time, and retirees will often take full advantage of it. Whether you decide to live in a retirement community, or you just want to live near the parks, you won’t be alone. It will be easy to make new friends, since you’ll be surrounded by others who had the same idea. You will be able to be as busy as you want to be, and you’ll also be able to take it easy when you want to. That’s what the Florida Lifestyle is all about.

1. The Kids and Grandkids

If you want your kids and grandkids to visit, move to Florida! They’ll be thrilled because they’ll have a place to stay and won’t have to pay for accommodations. If you work at Walt Disney World they won’t have the expense of tickets either. You’ll be able to make incredible memories with your grandchildren, and they’ll then return home and brag to their friends about how cool Grandma and Grandpa are. Nothing is more important than family, and living near Walt Disney World will help you to be able to spend quality time with yours.

About PaulaK

I grew up in Western Massachusetts. When I was nine my family went to Disneyland and I was hooked. I grew up, attended New England College in Henniker, NH and eventually moved to Virginia. I worked as a disc jockey, married and became a full time mom when our daughter was born. Fast forward several years. In 2010 we moved to Central Florida and my Disney obsession grew. I now work as a freelance writer and spend my spare time in the parks. Under the name Paula Brown I penned the novels Dream Wanderers and The Coffee Cruiser. I also am a co-author of Dining at Walt Disney World: The Definitive Guide. I'm obsessed with Star Wars, so this is a good time to live in Central Florida. I've been a vegetarian for well over a decade, a choice that my daughter eventually made as well. While my husband still hasn't joined us fully he has given up most meats except for seafood. I was relieved to find that vegetarian dining is not difficult at Walt Disney World.