Our Top 10 Area Recommendations for The Gathering Houses near Disney
Here are our favorite things to see and do in the ChampionsGate area, in no particular order.
Some are well know, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
The Gathering Houses near Disney are 15 minutes to Walt Disney World’s main gates. Magic Kingdom is our favorite park and has been described as, “The Most Magical Place on Earth”. Cinderella’s castle is surrounded by six lands, each offering its own theming, rides, dining options, character greetings, and entertainment. Your family will create beautiful memories here. Learn about saving money on your park tickets here.
Twenty-five minutes from the Gathering Houses near Disney is The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, part of Universal’s Island of Adventure and Universal Studios Florida. The Island of Adventure side features Hogwarts castle and Hogsmeade village. There you can dine at Three Broomsticks, ride Flight of the Hippogriff, and explore the corridors of Hogwarts. Finally, soar with Harry on Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey. Wet your whistle with a chilled Butterbeer before traveling to Diagon Alley via the Hogwarts Express. A Park-to-Park Ticket will allow you to travel by train between both sides of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, which we highly recommend!
A two minute stroll from the Gathering Houses near Disney is The Oasis Club. Guests of our homes have complimentary access to the heated lazy river, kids splash area, hot tub, quiet pool, work out facility, locker room, movie theater, tiki bar, and restaurant. Lounge by the pools while a server brings you a cool drink. Climate controlled cabanas with views of the lazy river or quiet pool can be reserved too. Sounds great, right?
ChampionsGate Country Club course is open to the public and is only minutes from The Gathering Houses near Disney. Guests pay the “public” fee. The brand new club house just opened and it’s state-of-the-art!
George Clifton used the beautiful elevation changes and contours of the natural landscape to create Central Florida’s newest golf course. This 18-hole masterpiece is a combination of beauty and playability. With expansive white sand bunkers and mature true greens, the golfing experience is truly one of a kind.
Laid out through the ChampionsGate community, the golf course is enhanced by the stunning elements of the homes and world class Oasis Club. The club features a four tee system that can accommodate golfers of all levels. The professional tees measure an impressive 7,058 yards and boast a rating of 74.4 and a slope of 134. Guests are raving about this course!
A half-day trip to the sweeping vistas of Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales, Florida will delight you with nature, local wildlife, history, and Carillon music to enjoy. Nature trails will lead you through beautiful gardens, natural habitat, and bird encounters. When you grow hungry, or tired, the onsite restaurant is a great respite and a tour of the on-site Spanish mansion is interesting and educational. The highlight of your visit will be the beautiful bells ringing from the tower!
15 minutes from Gathering Houses near Disney is the town of Celebration, FL, designed by The Walt Disney Company.
Celebration is a charming small town with tree-lined streets, captivating architecture and a welcoming mix of shops and restaurants. In fact, Celebration was named one of America’s 10 prettiest towns. The picturesque Town Center is compact and walkable. The community features a diverse and interesting mix of housing, from grand estate-style homes to condos, all of which are situated on pedestrian-friendly streets.
Visitors can enjoy great restaurants, charming shops, and beautiful walking/biking paths. Town Center’s adjacent park has a great playground for the kids and rocking chairs for the weary. There are numerous bike rental locations in Celebration Town Center. One highly rated location is http://www.celebrationsurrey.com. Bicycles are in the parking lot of the Bohemian Hotel Celebration.
Celebration is also home to many annual events such as Now Snowing during the holidays and Oktoberfest, which celebrates the beginning of fall. Be sure to check out the weekly farmers market every Sunday and the monthly art and wine strolls.More details about Celebration and a suggested itinerary for a perfect visit can be found on our blog post. There is something for everyone at Celebration!
A Central Florida vacation wouldn’t be complete without spending some time on the water. And we’re not just talking swimming! No matter how you like to keep cool, you can find a way to become one with the water.
Kick back and catch some largemouth bass in the area’s renowned fishing spots, or hold onto your hat on a thrilling airboat ride. If you’re feeling more adventurous, test your skills at water skiing, flyboarding or wakeboarding. There are many local outfitters that can help newbies and pros alike have an unforgettable experience.
Gathering Houses near Disney are right on the Osceola/Polk County lines, which means you are a short drive to most water activities in the surrounding lakes, rivers, and streams. Popular choices are Paddleboarding, Kayaking, Fishing, Airboating, Water Skiing, Flyboarding, and Wakeboarding. Don’t go home without experiencing some of the water fun!
LEGOLAND® Florida Resort is 35 minutes, easy drive from the Gathering Houses near Disney. Designed for kids ages 2-12, the 150-acre theme park has more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, a world-famous botanical garden, plus the 5-acre LEGOLAND Water Park. Your littlest brick builder will love feeling BIG here!
Chosen as the #1 Beach in America by TripAdvisor, Clearwater Beach is 90 minutes from the Gathering Houses near Disney! You’ll love sinking your feet into the sugary white sands of Clearwater’s impeccable beaches and inviting, warm waters. Besides the beaches, there is delicious seafood around every corner, Winter the Dolphin, star of the movie Dolphin Tale, is at the Clearwater Marine Aquarium, and Pier 60 hosts a daily Sunset Festival two hours before and two hours after sunset, featuring family activities, artisans, and street performers. Family favorites at Clearwater Beach include riding the town trolley and dolphin watching cruises. It’s definitely worth a day trip here!
10. Shop 'til You Drop!!
World-class shopping is 15 to 30 minutes from the Gathering Houses near Disney. The Mall at Millenia, Orlando’s world-class shopping destination, is a spectacularly designed, 1.2 million-square-foot center, offering 150 of the world’s finest stores, services and eateries providing an unparalleled shopping experience. The Mall features an international collection of luxury brands, including Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada, Bulgari and Cartier. Department stores include Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s. The Mall at Millenia also offers outstanding dining and entertainment presenting the most diverse options including Earls Kitchen + Bar, The Capital Grill, P.F. Chang’s China Bistro, The Cheesecake Factory, Brio Tuscan Grille, and California Pizza Kitchen.
Located minutes from the Orlando International Airport, Walt Disney World Resort and popular area attractions, The Florida Mall is Central Florida’s largest shopping center. Spanning 1.7 million square feet, this dynamic shopping destination offers an experiential environment featuring more than 250 retail, dining and entertainment options. Prominent department and anchor stores Macy’s, Dillard’s, JCPenney and Dick’s Sporting Goods compliment best of brand retailers like A/X Armani Exchange, Apple, Banana Republic, Coach, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Michael Kors, Mayors Jewelers featuring Rolex, Victoria’s Secret and ZARA. Exclusive to The Florida Mall in Central Florida, American Girl, the Crayola Experience attraction, the M&M’s World store, Carlo’s Bakery and The Disney Store distinguish the property as a must-visit family shopping destination. Don’t miss The Florida Mall’s world-class Dining Pavilion, offering flavor-packed fare for every appetite and more than 1,400 indoor and outdoor seating options. The curated lineup of 23 restaurants and eateries features an international mix of exclusive-to-market selections offering visitors an expansive array of dining choices and health-conscious eateries. Families can also enjoy the newly opened Play Park located next to Crayola Experience. This interactive play area offers more than 3,000 square-feet of fun and room to play – all set in a beautiful, nature-inspired area.
Orlando International Premium Outlets®, Florida’s largest and most unique outlet shopping destination, is conveniently located less than five minutes from Universal Studios and only 10 miles from Walt Disney World Resort. A shoppers dream, the center is home to more than 180 designer and name-brand outlet stores, including Saks OFF Fifth, Neiman Marcus Last Call, Victoria’s Secret, Kate Spade New York, Nike, Adidas, Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Under Armour, Steve Madden and Salvatore Ferragamo. With savings of 25%-65% every day and the mix of designer and exclusive-to-market retail makes for a must see shopping experience.
Winter Park Village is an established lifestyle center located just north of Orlando in the affluent community of Winter Park on 17-92 between Lee Road and Fairbanks Avenue. This is the area’s most exciting destination for upscale shopping, dining, entertainment and just an overall great place to spend time away from the mall madness. Winter Park Village offers the market’s most powerful collection of high-end retailers and restaurants, all in a beautiful, inviting ‘main street’ setting that also includes residential and office uses. Enjoy a refreshing shopping experience among palm trees and oak shaded walkways, then catch a movie and a gourmet dinner. Whether shopping at a boutique for unique gifts or just looking for a place to unwind, Winter Park Village has it all!