hard-core dedicated Disney fans daydream at least occasionally about living closer to Walt Disney World – whether it’s a day’s drive or a 30-minute drive. Lately, that daydream has become a little bit more for my family. We’ve decided to seriously consider moving within a twenty-minute drive of Walt Disney World and even spent a few hours in Celebration on our recent trip.
In the short time we’ve been thinking about a move near Walt Disney World, we’ve realized what a large undertaking it would be. This realization can be overwhelming and can be a barrier to future planning. There are neighborhoods and schools to research, state and local tax codes to explore, job markets to understand, budgets to be made, not to mention tackling the idea of preparing a house for sale and weighing the pros and cons of moving far from family and friends to pursue our dream of a better quality of life.
The Petermann family is making the dream to be closer to the “World” a reality and has been chronicling their journey at The Relocated Tourist. I love their site because it is all-encompassing – they discuss their experiences planning and executing their move as well as the emotional challenges that are part and parcel of moving across the country. They provide more than a roadmap for moving closer to Walt Disney World – they have a host of relocation links including job search, school, and State of Florida information.
The Petermann’s are becoming relocated tourists in June, 2011 – just a few days away. I’m looking forward to reading about their adjustment to a new home and their adventures as they explore Central Florida.
Lisa M. Battista is the author of Beyond the Attractions: A Guide to Walt Disney World with Preschoolers and the co-creator of WDW Fan Zone. When she’s not chasing after her little ones, you can most likely find her at the beach or in the kitchen trying her hand at a new recipe. You can follow her on Twitter @DisneyExplorer or become a fan of Beyond the Attractions on Facebook.