Our family loves to travel, especially to Disney! Our photo albums are full of Disney character autographs and great memories at all the theme parks. The character dinner in Animal Kingdom is a favorite with our three sons where all the boys have great memories of joining the Donald and Mickey parade of instruments! We now laugh about the time our youngest was afraid to get anyone’s autograph and we marvel at the number of times we got to ride Goofy’s Barnstormer in a row one evening. We think it was 30 or more times! Our last visit, we got to ride the new Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and eat at Be Our Guest. Both were wonderful and well worth the wait! We can’t wait for the new Toy Story and Star Wars sections to open this year and next! Now that our kids are older, we’re also enjoying Universal. The Wizarding World of Harry Potter is definitely our favorite experience there!
One trip to Disney included nine members of our extended family, so we rented a vacation home for Thanksgiving week. Everybody had their own room and bathroom with plenty of places to hang out together or relax alone. It was such an enjoyable experience, that the idea was planted to find our own place near “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” A few years later we found the perfect location we call Sun Gathering House! The next year we bought Shine Gathering House and collectively they are the Gathering Houses near Disney!
Since we’ve become part of The Retreat at ChampionsGate, we’ve discovered a host of activities beyond the theme parks that we enjoy. The Oasis Club is a two minute stroll from our homes and offers a day of relaxation and water play. ChampionsGate Country Club offers world class golf to visitors, and Bok Tower Gardens is a beautiful setting for escaping the park crowds and enjoying time together surrounded by beautiful plants, birds, and even tortoises. A day trip to Clearwater Beach is an easy 90 minute drive to the Gulf of Mexico.
Both our homes have been providing families a beautiful setting for creating magical memories and we couldn’t be happier! We’d love to share one of our homes with you too!
Shannon and Keith Knight
Gathering Houses near Disney owners