A recent comment sparked a thought in my head recently that startled me- was I giving the wrong impression of living in FL? I didn’t think I was, but after a couple of comments left, it got me thinking about it. I thought I would clear the air on some things, since giving the wrong impression is not what I am about- enjoy!
First off, I love living in FL. Just because I vent occasionally doesn’t mean I don’t like living here. This is so new to all of us, that every day we are learning something and driving somewhere different. It is VERY intimidating to do that so much, but that is how you learn about your surroundings. I spoke of living near a tourist area, and yes, that is correct. What I am not getting across to you, our readers, is that I live NEAR a tourist area, and not IN it. Our neighborhood has about 400+ homes, beautiful sidewalks and palm trees, and is sort of “in the country” and away from the business of town. My street is very quiet, especially during the week days, so I wouldn’t know I live near a touristy area until I hit 192.
We have the home town feeling of the neighborhood, but the rides out to the grocery store and such is where the tourist area is. Since I only food shop once a week, it’s not that big of a deal, but I have been finding other options that are a lot more peaceful and out of the tourist trap. I have been asked “Didn’t we know about the tourist area before moving here?” The answer is, no. You see highways on a map when looking to move somewhere, not how busy the traffic is, etc. The WHOLE POINT to our blog is to give you a personal touch and experience on how relocating to FL REALLY is.
We live in the Kissimmee area that is closest to Celebration and WDW. Kissimmee itself is not the safest, and the schools aren’t the best either. I sometimes want to tell people my address is Celebration because it might as well be. Our area is very safe and because we are away from town, we avoid a lot of the crime as well. Besides the hotel fire this past summer, we don’t hear a lot on the news about our end of 192, which helps me feel better when I need to shop on it for something.
I also want to reiterate the fact of WHY we moved here in the first place- to enjoy the warm weather and WDW anytime we choose. I cannot tell you how cool it is to be able to make plans with so many friends and meet up in my favorite place on the planet. It’s almost odd how much I haven’t been to the Movies anymore, or barely walk a Mall because I have WDW to walk and play in now. The small things I miss about WI have been replaced with rides on Spaceship Earth and Test Track. One of my favorite things to do this past summer was to sit on the cobblestone in front of the Castle and watch the Memories show with my family and friends- just staring at that Castle in the warm night is by far the coolest experience I have had. We do run to the Parks after Craig’s done with work, I do run to the Parks after dropping the kids off at school, and I do enjoy the breaks from them as well.
I also love the smaller things about Walt Disney World that I enjoy all to myself. I love heading into Animal Kingdom in the morning and grabbing a ride on the Safari- watching the animals and listening to those who have never been on it is so awesome. Munching on an egg roll while watching people scream on Everest is one of my favorite treats! Grabbing a free soda at Club Cool in Epcot is refreshing, especially taking it outside and watching the Fountain of Nations. I like to buy a 10 cent caramel in Germany and see how long I can suck on it as I walk the World Showcase. In the Magic Kingdom, I like to literally putz along Main Street while I enjoying a cold Coca-Cola. I enjoy walking into the Polynesian Resort and just hearing the waterfalls and seeing all the visitors on vacation. It’s those small Disney moments that I love the most, and am blessed to enjoy often.
If you want to live near something that you love, you have to take the pros with the cons. Nothing is perfect, and those things that aren’t, you have to learn to go with the flow and work with what you have. I love our home and our neighborhood, but like I said, shopping is a bit nuts. So I looked for other places that were more “out of the way” and was pleasantly surprised to find them. I can rent at a redbox, grab morning donuts, get gas, order pictures, pick up my prescription, grocery shop, grab Chinese, and a shake at McDonalds conveniently in an area behind our neighborhood. You have to figure out what you love to do on a daily basis, so that when you DO move here, you know that you can continue to do what you love- PLUS-adding the magic that is WDW.
One thing I want to touch on before I leave you today is that I feel I have given you the wrong impression on where to live in FL- or maybe zero impression at all. Here is the thing, you won’t know where you want to live until you get here. You can research until the cows come home, but the cold hard fact is that you can find something that “sounds” good, but you have to live it for at least a year to truly understand if it is for you or not. Find what looks acceptable, talk to the Chamber of Commerce, research, and then hold on tight. We feel we will stay here for awhile, but give yourself the first step in finding something and then looking for a permanent solution to your residence after living here. Know your price range, whether you want to rent or buy, and take plenty of time to make your decision. Trust me, once you get here, it gets easier on finding what you truly had in mind in the first place.
I hope this cleared some things up, and please, feel free to ask questions in the comments section. I appreciate each and every one and do my best to answer them. God bless your day!