Now, Del Webb is already building a 55+ community in Sunbridge, but the idea of having multiple 55+ communities within the same master-planned development is not a new one.
As the world's most popular retirement community, The Villages (also in Central Florida) has long been referred to (unofficially) as “Disney World for Adults”, but it sounds maybe like Disney wants to take a shot at creating “The Real Disney World for Adults”.
I know there are a lot of Disney fans in The Villages and I'm sure that even those who aren't big Disney fans have to make the occasional obligatory trip when the grandkids/family come to town, so this new community might be a more convenient option for them and others like them.
The Villages is a little more than an hour away from Walt Disney World and the Orlando International Airport.
Sunbridge is only about 25 minutes away from Disney and 15 minutes from Orlando International Airport.
While no community will ever match the breadth and depth of the amenities that The Villages offers residents, a community such as this would only need to offer the right amenities to the right group of people to be a hit.
It would not be Disney's first try at a community here in Florida. They had a hand in the early stages of development of Celebration, and they are currently developing Golden Oak, a community of luxury single-family homes adjacent to Walt Disney World.
Golden Oak residents get access to a nice list of Disney benefits like park and special event tickets, VIP tours, shuttle service between the parks and the community, Disney-themed holiday decorations throughout the community, and more.
Similar perks would be attractive to retirees considering a Disney themed age-restricted community.
The idea of a well-loved brand partnering on a 55+ development is not new. Just look at Jimmy Buffett and Minto Development's success with Latitude Margaritaville.
Again, Tavistock and Disney are just in the “talking” stage, but if this comes to fruition it could be very interesting.
I believe there are enough 55+ Disney fans out there that this community could be a massive success should they decide to move forward.
So, would YOU live in a Disney-themed 55+ community? Let me know in the comments down below!