Disney sells hundreds of acres in Florida for housing development

Posted Thursday, May 25, 2006 9:14 AM | Contributed by Jeff

More chunks of the Disney empire are being sold off for housing, including a 349-acre parcel going to the developers of the massive Horizon West community in west Orange County. The new Disney land sales also include a 60-acre site south of Seidel Road that would be reserved for a new high school serving the Horizon West area. The Walt Disney Co. reportedly is selling the 349-acre site, set around Panther Lake, north of Seidel and southeast of the Orange County National Golf Center, to Centex Homes.

Read more from The Orlando Sentinel.

Thursday, May 25, 2006 11:36 AM
I may sound crazy but im against this move for on reason. The trouble it took Walt Disney to secretly buy up this property i think that it should stay Disney property. I know they have plenty of space but for the historical aspect of Disney its kind of disheartning.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 11:43 AM
Mamoosh's avatar That made zero sense what-so-ever.
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:52 PM
Quality contribution to the topic, moosh! I comprehended what socalcoaster said and agree - although if you look at the map they show in the left column of the article, to me it looks like they are unloading a random peninsula of disney property that doesnt add significantly as a barrier or for future disney expansion... so I'm okay with it and I'm sure Walt wouldn't mind either - in fact, with property costs rising in Orlando, I'm sure he would be laughing at how much they got for that land that probably cost him $1 back in the day :)
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 12:59 PM
Mamoosh's avatar I aim to please, Keith ;)
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Thursday, May 25, 2006 1:47 PM
Jeff's avatar And hey, if it's outside of the we-can-do-anything improvement district, that's not all bad either.
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Friday, May 26, 2006 11:49 AM
janfrederick's avatar I think they should have built the community themselves instead of selling it. They could have even made it kind of a futuristic utopian kind of deal. THAT would have been the thing to do. ;)
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Friday, May 26, 2006 3:46 PM
slithernoggin's avatar Ah... that would have been great. A whole, um, Experimental place to leave. Or even a Prototype for a Community of Tomorrow.

Now, that would have been worth having a Celebration for...

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