Take a peek inside a princess-themed home in Disney World’s gated community

Disney fans dream of living inside Walt Disney World Resort so they never have to leave the park experience behind. But some lucky folks do just that.

Residents of Disney’s Golden Oak gated community live in luxury homes on the theme park’s property just down the road from Disney World. The eight neighborhoods in the 980-acre district allow residents to live in houses inspired by traditional European and Caribbean styles and Old Florida architecture, and enjoy the perks of resort living.

Each home was designed by Walt Disney Imagineering, which incorporated high-quality, custom touches throughout each one, including hidden Mickey Mouse shapes.

@thetravelingred

Replying to @sisobell there’s over 50 hidden Mickey’s in the house. How many did you spot in this video? #hiddenmickey #hiddenmickeys #mickey #mickeymouse #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #goldenoak #disneyworld #homedecor

♬ Hey Mickey – Toni Basil

After the last Golden Oak neighborhood — the Cottages at Symphony Grove — opened in 2020, Miami blogger Cristie Anne Cabrera and her family snagged one with a French provincial design inspired by “Beauty and the Beast.”

@thetravelingred

Our home in Disney’s Golden Oak… this neighborhood is minutes from Magic Kingdom and it was designed by Disney Imagineers. #disney #disneyworld #goldenoak #bellescottage #beautyandthebeast #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor

♬ Aesthetic – Tollan Kim

Cabrera is a blogger and social media influencer under The Traveling Red moniker and has shared drool-worthy glimpses on TikTok into her family’s vacation home, dubbed Belle’s Cottage.

@thetravelingred

This is our real life princess house inside Disney World. Our home inside Golden Oak was designed to look like Belle’s Cottage. #disney #princess #fyp

♬ Disney Princess Medley (Piano by Park Chaeyoon) – CoverLala Artists

Here’s a glimpse of the surrounding neighborhood from the cottage’s front porch.

@thetravelingred

The view from our front porch in Golden Oak in Disney World… a real life storybook neighborhood ❤️ #goldenoak #disney #disneyhome #disneyhouse #beautyandthebeast #storybook #neighborhood #disneyworld

♬ Pinocchio: When You Wish Upon a Star – Geek Music

It was Cabrera’s parents who first spotted the home and convinced her and her brother to go in on it with them, she wrote in an October 2022 CNBC article.

The family certainly makes use of the four-bedroom, 3,600-square-foot property. Cabrera says she, her husband and their 5-year-old daughter come up from Miami about twice a month. It helps that both parents work remotely.

@thetravelingred

In the van and on the way to our vacation home in Disney’s Golden Oak… our favorite place ever ❤️ #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #goldenoak #disneyworld #vacationhome #disneymom

♬ original sound – TheTravelingRed

The main floor is French cottage themed and came with all the furniture when Cabrera’s family purchased it (plus custom bronze “Beauty and the Beast” character statues).

@thetravelingred

Christmas in our disney house is just extra special ❤️ #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #christmas #disneychristmas #SimsSelves #beautyandthebeast #fy

♬ Tale as Old as Time – Instrumental / From “Beauty and the Beast” – London Music Works

Take a look at the “Ratatouille” decal in the kitchen and the gorgeous floor plan that opens the dining space to the living room.

@thetravelingred

The best mornings are mornings in Disney ❤️ #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #goldenoak #waltdisneyworld #disneymom #disneydecor #vacationhome

♬ Coffee – beabadoobee

Belle’s cottage also comes with a third-floor “reading room,” which Cabrera’s family uses as a playroom for its three little girls.

@thetravelingred

Replying to @sarahsmile5877 but we have 3 little girls in the family so it’s their playroom instead. 🤷🏼‍♀️ #readingroom #library #bellesreadingroom #beautyandthebeast #goldenoak #goldenoakproperties #belleshouse #bellescottage #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #interiordesign #playroom #girlsplayroom #potterybarnkids @Pottery Barn Kids

♬ Fallen down – Slowed – 「Incørrect」

An intricate spiral staircase that leads up to the reading/playroom has “Beauty and the Beast” characters in the banister design.

@thetravelingred

My favorite part of our house in Disney’s Golden Oak is this custom railing up to the third floor reading room (which is now the girls playroom). It’s full of characters. #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #beautyandthebeast #goldenoak #belle #customrailing #railing #DoritosDareToBeBurned

♬ Tale as Old as Time – From “Beauty and the Beast” – London Music Works

 

The home’s pool and jacuzzi are surrounded by the home to offer complete privacy and the outdoor space includes a covered patio with fireplace, grill area and lounge.

@thetravelingred

This is the entire outdoor space of our house in Disney’s Golden Oak. We don’t have any grass, but we have a park right next to our house so that is where we play outside. #goldenoak #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #goldenoakproperties #disneygoldenoak #artchitecture #homedesign

♬ Fantasy – Alina Baraz / Galimatias

The home also comes with a Disney-princess-themed guest house; the master princess suite has a kitchenette and lovely little details throughout.

@thetravelingred

Our princess quarters in our Disney Golden Oak home #princess #disneyhome #disneyhouse #princessdecor #princesshome #disneyhomedecor #guesthouse #guestsuite #disney #goldenoak

♬ Darling – Trees and Lucy

Here’s a bathroom furnished with “Little Mermaid”-inspired decor and a walk-in shower.

@thetravelingred

Did you spot the hidden Mickey? #disney #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #littlemermaid #littlemermaidbathroom #underthesea #goldenoak

♬ The Little Mermaid (Marimba Remix) – Harry Goes Boom!

There’s a “Winnie the Pooh”-themed bedroom, too, with wood accents and images of the characters on the walls.

@thetravelingred

The Winnie the Pooh bedroom in our Disney Golden Oak house. The final bedroom to be completed 🍯 #winniethepooh #pooh #poohbear #bedroomdecor #bedroomdesign #disneyhouse #disneyhome #disneyhomedecor #farmhouse #farmhousestyle #farmhousedecor

♬ SNAP – High and Fast – Rosa Linn

If you want to live in Golden Oak, it’ll cost you somewhere between $2 to $12 million. The only homes currently for sale on its official website are a $6 million Tuscan villa and $9.5 million Old Florida-style mansion. Homes in Cabrera’s neighborhood in the Cottages at Symphony Grove sold for $3.69 million and $2.67 million in 2020. A home in the more contemporary Symphony Grove neighborhood is on the market now for $7.8 million.

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Living in Golden Oak also means residents must purchase a pricey annual club membership, which includes access to a number of community parks, a lavish clubhouse and pool, free shuttles to the park, concierge services and other exclusive events and activities.

For West Coast Disney fanatics with deep pockets, Disney is also constructing a residential community in Rancho Mirage, California. Called Cotino, the “Storyliving by Disney” neighborhood is about two hours from Disneyland and will have a resort-like body of water with clubhouse activities and Disney cast members. Sales of the homes are expected to begin in 2023 and the community hopes to welcome its first residents in 2024.

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