The Fresh Baked Battles are back, and this time Sara and I take our turns figuring out what are our top ten places to live in the Disney universe. These can be homes or places that are either real or imagined. Actual homes, or fantastic universes. If you’ve ever dreamed of living a Disney life, then you’ll enjoy this little debate.
Sara #5 – Aulani Resort
So here I am once again, daydreaming about where I would like to move to when I win the lotto. I dream of whimsical lands and flowers that taste like cotton candy. But I also dream of breathtaking sunsets and magical experiences that I don’t get living in good ol’ Southern California. I feel like I can even start to smell the intoxicating scents of exotic and luscious flowers that don’t usually grow around me. I close my eyes and drift away, and when I open them I am overlooking the most breathtaking view of the Pacific Ocean, a view I certainly never saw before, and that is while I’m standing on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii, at Disney’s Deluxe Resort, Aulani.
As soon as you step through your lobby doors at the Aulani Resort, you immediately feel the authentic Hawaiian experience that Disney has aimed to deliver for you. Working with the locals of the area and cultural experts, Disney worked hard at creating a unique destination, and I can only imagine the daily dose of happiness shooting through your veins if this is where you were to call your Home.
From having breakfast with Mickey & Minnie to learning how to make your own leis, from exhilarating water slides to lazy rivers, Aulani has something for everyone and every side of your personality! The Rainbow Reef provides a private snorkeling lagoon for those days you don’t feel like treading the ocean waves, and if you don’t even want to get your hair wet that day you can go to a special viewing level where you can watch people getting up close and personal with some sting rays. You can go kayaking or paddle boarding across the clear waters, or you could simply just relax on your balcony and watch an amazingly beautiful Hawaiian sunset. in your own deluxe villa.
Ahh yes, I can just hear the swaying of the palm trees and the lapping of the waves against the shore now… While my Piña Colada gets whipped up, I will end this by confirming that my first dream spot to live would definitely be at the Aulani Resort in Hawaii.
David # 5 – Swiss Family Treehouse
You know, Aulani hadn’t even occurred to me. I’m not crazy about tropical islands in general, but it does certainly seem like a nice place to at least visit for a short while. Especially if Disney is involved!
Well, my first entry in this list is one that is a little low-fi. And it certainly doesn’t have any of the perks one might find while living at Aulani. My number 5 choice for my Disney dream home is the Swiss Family Robinson tree house. And just to clarify, I mean a real tree house like the one the Robinson’s lived within in the film. Even though I’ve never had one, I’ve always been fascinated by tree houses and the idea of living in one. When I was a very young kid, I brought up a bunch of food supplies, books, and clothes up to my top bunk in the bunk bed I shared with my brother. I wanted to live on that bunk, away from everything and everyone else. Then when I was a little older, I tried to do the same thing by building a fort in the rafters of my parents garage.
Today, I can’t think of anything cooler than living IN nature, but with all the amenities of a regular home (except for maybe a PS3 and a BluRay player. Somebody needs to get working on that). Living up in the trees, away from the hectic suburban lifestyle, living clean and on the strengths of your own mind and body. Imagine how healthy and invigorated you would feel every day! And the Swiss Family Robinson tree house was a testament to ingenuity. They had it all! Every family member had their own room with a great view of the stars, a full kitchen complete with fridge and running water, and even an organ for entertainment!
Just ask the Robinson’s if you’re not sure! They were rescued from the island, but still decided to stay. It was their own private paradise.
Sara #4 – Mount Olympus
Great choice, considering the tree hugger I proclaim to be. I completely agree that I would feel immensely invigorated, happy & healthy living up in the trees.
It seems we may finally agree on something, when it comes to living away from all the hustle & bustle of the streets of our hectic world. Trees are a nice relief from the madness, but my imagination stretches a tiny bit (Okay a lotta bit) further, and my dreams go up to the clouds… literally.
I have often dreamed of a far off place, where a great warm welcome will be waiting for me…
Catch my drift yet? Okay, for those of you not as obsessed with Disney movies as myself and you didn’t recognize that line- I will be the one to let you know my next choice of habitat would be Mount Olympus.
Every God & Goddess you could want to meet hangs out like it’s Saturday, every day. These are powerful entities we’re dealing with people, and my only hope as a mere mortal would be to hopefully become a hero myself. As a child, I always looked up at the clouds wishing I could play in them, and fly through those puffy marshmallows of Heaven. Living on Mt.Olympus would be my chance to finally soar through those clouds! I could swim through the stars, and ride the unicorns. Okay, I’m getting a little distracted here… Let me come back down a bit.
Living in the clouds would be my escape from the pollution and fear. Remember when baby Hercules electrocuted himself on a lightning bolt & he chucked it away from him? It pierced through a big fancy column and what happened next? Nothing. Poof! It turned into cloud dust and reformed itself in seconds. How incredibly amazingly safe is that?! I myself, enjoy the thought of relaxing in my cloud chair. Reach for the stars, baby!
David # 4 – Walt’s Apartment
Mount Olympus? What the…I think we should have made a rule that you can only pick from GOOD Disney movies.
My next selection in our top ten places to live in the Disney universe will probably seem a little bit cliche, but honestly, I don’t think a list of this sort is complete without it. My number 4 choice is Walt’s Apartment over the Fire Dept at Town Square. I know, I know, it’s easy to pick this one. But for good reason. It’s Walt’s apartment! I mean, the man and his family actually lived there. And since I’m a nerd for nostalgia, I simply must put this one down.
History aside, the best reason to wish to live in Walt’s apartment is that it’s actually IN Disneyland. And in one of my favorite parts of the park, Town Square! I could sit and look out the window and watch the Dapper Dan’s or the Disneyland Band or Mickey and Minnie all day long and never get tired. But just in case I did, I could sit on my private patio and listen to the soothing sounds of the Jungle Cruise in my backyard. Yes, the Jungle Cruise would be my backyard. YES!!
And I would definitely re-activate that fire pole and slide down when I felt like seeing the park proper. I’m getting chills right now just thinking about it.
Sara # 3 – Prince Eric’s Castle
I can say I’m also a nerd for nostalgia, and since I’m a delicate butterfly I’m not ashamed to admit that childhood movies like The Little Mermaid tug at those heartstrings of mine and sometimes can even bring a tear to my eye. I think that the nostalgic love I have for that sweet mermaid brings me to my next choice of habitat.
I want to live in Prince Eric’s castle. The clouds are always big and puffy, the sun is always shining, the seagulls always gullying, the water sparkles like diamonds and I’d be living among Prince Eric. I really don’t see a single downside. My bed would be large enough for a family of 4, but I would only have a few extra dinglehopper’s stashed in there for those emergency occasions. Dinner would always be seaside, and Scuttle could fly around to keep me company. Flounder can splash around on our private beach and I can always take a dip in the water when I miss Daddy… I mean, King Triton. I mean… man, this fantasy is getting out of hand.
Ok, so Prince Eric is royalty, and his maids and servants certainly know their place. Although he’s royalty, he seems to be down to earth at the same time. He’s got a big ol’ messy mop dog, and he’s not afraid to hop around whistling on his clarinet in search of his one true love (Me, or course.) His staff seems to care for him like family (You’ll see his maid start to cry when we get married) and his dog is of course the always loyal man’s best friend. I’m just saying, I feel like this fabulous life sized sand castle is one of my perfect dream destination spots for my life to be lived.
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David #3 – Beasts Castle
Well, you certainly do have some compelling reasons for choosing Eric’s castle. And it is impressive. But I’m not a big fan of the ocean. So I think I’ll move inland just a little. Number 3 on my list is The Beast’s castle. Unlike Sara, my tastes for living tend to be less whimsical. And while Beast’s castle is fantasy, the idea of it appeals to me on many practical levels.
First, it’s very secluded. I’m not a total hermit, but I do like the idea of nobody ever bothering me in my home. No neighbors, no mailman, no landscapers at 6 in the morning. If you want to go to Beast’s castle, you have to have a real good reason, and you have to be real committed.
Second, it has that giant library. But to say that Beast’s castle has a giant library is a disservice to giant libraries. This library is cavernous. Infinite. It’s the biggest damn library you’ve ever seen. And I want it. It makes me wonder what kind of titles he has in there. Sure he’s got The Three Musketeers and The Iliad and King Lear and the Count of Monte Cristo. But that’s like not even 5 books. He’s GOT to have stuff in there that nobody else has, right?
Which brings me to my next point. There is some fantastic stuff going on in this castle. Besides the biggest library ever, he’s also got talking dishes. So you know there’s more, that can’t be it. The castle is huge with room after room. I could spend a lifetime going in to each one and discovering the personality of each. I’d be okay if there was some sort of magical stuff going on in the kitchen for example, because I do like to try new things to eat! I guess what I’m saying is that the house itself seems like a wonderful mystery waiting to be solved, and that’s just awesome.
Sara # 2 – Animal Kingdom in Walt Disney World
You finally stole one of my answers, so props to you on picking a FANTASTIC place of habitat.
I can get down with the Beast, and any other weird voodoo they got going on in that awesome library and whatnot. But I think I want my animals to be a bit more exotic if I’m going to be residing with new roommates. And I know just where to go to find the alluring mystery of Asia with the amazing plains of Africa mixed in between, and that would be Disney’s Animal Kingdom.
Imagine waking up to not the chirping laugh from a bird or the smell of bacon- but the face of a 20 ft. sweet giraffe mama and her little (but still tall!) giraffe baby eating leaves outside your balcony window. With over 40 acres of lush wildlife preserves at your “front door,” that is a big possibility! And hey, if giraffes are a bit too tall for you, you can just hop onto a sunrise safari and stay nestled in your seat while the one of a kind jeeps take you on a journey through the homes of zebras, gazelle, rhinos, elephants and of course the kings of the jungles- the Lions.
After you have kicked it with the wild animals all day, awaken even more of your cultural spirit by taking cover under a native thatched hut and dine on authentic African cuisine. End your day with a relaxing round in the Jacuzzi while you watch the sun set over the horizon. And instead of having to hear your wonderful husband’s obnoxiously loud snoring as your lullaby, you can hear the whispers of the savanna calming the roar of the lion king out on his pride lands while you all drift off into peaceful bliss. Beat that serenity, Derickson.
David # 2 – Golden Oaks Resort in Walt Disney World
Excellent choice Sara! It wasn’t on my list, but only because I’d forgotten about it. I’m also in the mood to pick more practical choices, because I’m a practical person. For that reason, second on my list of top ten places to live in the Disney universe is perhaps the only one that is actually conceivable. That is the Golden Oaks community in Walt Disney World.
This is conceivable as these are actual homes for people like you and me that we can actually buy. Well, like you and me if you or I had $1.6 million. But money is just a roadblock. What you get for that $1.6 million is a dream come true.
For starters, you’re living on property, IN Walt Disney World. That alone is sales pitch enough for me. But there are also the other perks. Like 3 years of paid annual passes, rides to the parks, Disney character hosted parties. Heck, they’ll even help decorate your house for Christmas. SHUT UP!!
But really, all I want is to be able to be in the middle of it all. To be part of the scenery. Part of the theme. What more could a Disney fan ask for?
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Sara # 1 – Tortuga
“I’ll tell you mate, if every town in the world were like this one, no man would ever feel unwanted.”
Quoting my most favorite pirate in the entire world can always get the words just right and this quote simply nails it for me.
And, before our loyal Pirates fans start to attack, let me clarify that although Captain Jack Sparrow is referring to Tortuga Island with this quote, I’d like to use it for my dream destination of living and that would be to reside in the entire Caribbean.
Since the first time I smelled the musty fog of the ride at Disneyland, I wished I could live down in that ride and forever play amongst the starving dogs and the dirty sailors. Since the first movie was shown on a huge screen in front of me, I wished I could be IN the film, not just watching it.
The clear waters of the unruly ocean stretching for miles and miles beyond the horizon. The salty taste in the air wherever your pirate heart desires to wander. Immense treasure buried under secrets that are just waiting to be discovered. That sweet juice running down your neck as you bite into a plump, ripe passion fruit that has literally been ripped from trees lining the dirt roads you walk.
If none of that sounds appealing enough, just envision lavish plantations and lush greens on every hillside. Picture a loving pirate wench on your arm (Or a lovely Jack Sparrow if you’re a fan like myself) and a sword you shaped yourself slung against your waist. And what else would that sword be used for except, of course, sword fights! My favorite! Livestock roaming the markets just like people, and enough rum to make even the most cold and shivering pirate turn into a roaring fire.
Yo ho, Yo ho, a Pirate’s life will ALWAYS be for me.
And David’s #1…
I’m super glad I get to pick the last place to live, because I believe it’s the absolute best place for any self respecting fan of Disneyland to want to live. and it will make me a hero to everyone! It’s the equal of dropping the mic. Kirk Gibson’s slow, one legged victory trot. Cuba Gooding Jr.’s acceptance speech at the Oscars. You getting all this? Anyway, my number one choice to live in the Disney Universe is the Dream Suite at Disneyland….IN DISNEYLAND.
The Disneyland Dream Suite is not just a room, but a home very conspicuously located above the Pirates of the Caribbean. Yes, right above Pirates. It has a living room, a sitting room with two twin beds, a master bedroom, and a balcony looking out at the Rivers of America. That alone would be enough for me. I could be furnished with a futon and card board boxes. But of course, this is a Disney dream suite, so…it’s a dream.
Each room has a theme of course. The living room is French provincial New Orleans. The sitting room is frontier themed. The master bedroom has an Adventureland theme, while the master bathrooms have a definite fantasyland quality.
Thinking about living here is just about more than I can bear. I simply cannot conceive of a more ideal place to live than at my favorite part (Rivers of America/New Orleans Square) of my most favorite place.
Top ten places to live in the Disney universe
Well that was a lot of fun, don’t you think Sara? (please note that Sara is currently nodding in agreement off page. Take my word for it and stuff). What do you guys think? I know we left off a lot of juicy candidates here. Maybe Cinderellas castle at Disney World? There is a suite in there too! Where do you want to live?