Wishes And Pixie Dust

Follow the journey of a Wisconsin family of 4 who relocated to the Walt Disney World area in July 2011

Getting To Know – The Orlando Area

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For this installment of ‘Getting To Know’, we have information from our friend Cheryl Perlmutter.  We are thrilled to have Cheryl’s thoughts on the Orlando areas that she and Todd have lived in.  You can learn more about Cheryl at

2007 – Waterford Lakes in East Orlando
While the shopping and dining is great in this area because you are close to the college.  The area has had theft issues, breaking into cars.

2009 – Winter Springs – Rented a house
Lesson learned.  Make sure you see your security into a bank or use a management company.  After 1 year – one day the landlord came and said stop paying me rent and I haven’t been paying my mortgage for the past few months.  I never saw my money back.
I had realtors knocking on my door.
I had some great neighbors though, we lived on a road lined with trees and my neighbor would blow the leaves on the street all the time. 

2010-2012 Winter Springs – Apartment
I picked the place I lived because it accepted my breed of dog I had at the time.  Apartment was growing mold and had large AC bills. 

2012- Present Davenport by the Omni – renting condo using management – http://www.statemanagement.us
Although Todd works in Lake Mary we moved to be closer to our friends and Disney.  I enjoy living here also close to 429.
We have some full time neighbors and some tourists.
It is mostly quiet here.  

There are both small and large synagogues in the Orlando area.

The local Jewish newspaper is the Heritage, http://www.heritagefl.com

For women, we have a few active Hadassah groups in the area.

There is a Kosher hotel by Disney.

Traffic in Orlando stinks.  You never know how I-4 is going to be. 

Shopping is great I enjoy both Winter Garden and Millennia Mall equally.

It’s nice to have Ikea.


Author: Disney Mark

Husband to a wonderful wife and father of 3 great children. Disney geek, NDD #178. Moved to Central Florida in July, 2011.

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