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May 19, 2013

New Marceline Neighborhood in Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort Now on Sale

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Luxury resort residential community sees growing demand for homes

Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (May 15, 2013) - Following brisk sales of home-sites, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort announced plans for its newest neighborhood, Marceline. Sale of the first 19 home sites will begin today.

As part of the Golden Oak community, Marceline residents will enjoy a lifestyle surrounded by the Walt Disney World Resort. This quiet, luxurious enclave is located in close proximity to Disney theme parks and recreation. Taking advantage of its natural setting, more than half of the Marceline home-sites will offer water views and others will border on a nature preserve. Each home-site is approximately one-quarter acre in size and is within easy walking distance of Summerhouse, the private clubhouse for Golden Oak residents and their guests.

Marceline will showcase the same quality custom home building found throughout Golden Oak today, with residences drawing design and architectural inspiration from European and Caribbean influences. Buyers can select from three prestigious home builders to create custom homes ranging in size from approximately 3,800 to 4,500 square feet.

Golden Oak homes start at $1.6 million. Prices, inclusive of home-site, in the Marceline neighborhood will start at $1.7 million.

"We've been delighted by the positive response over the past 24 months," said Page Pierce, vice president of Disney Resort Real Estate Development. "Our first four Golden Oak neighborhoods are nearly sold out, so Marceline quite literally builds on that success."

Marceline is named after the Missouri town where Walt Disney grew up in the early part of the 20th century. Memories from those formative years profoundly influenced creative directions he took throughout his life.

Walt's animation legacy has roots in Marceline, where he first picked up a pencil and sketchpad to try his hand at drawing. The new Golden Oak neighborhood pays homage to that history with a planned sculpture park that will feature enchanting life-size sculptures of characters from Walt's animated masterpiece Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. The sculptures are part of the exclusive Golden Oak "Disney Friends in Nature" sculpture series. Sophisticated interpretations of classic Disney animation will be found in parks and other common areas throughout the community.

"The sculpture series is just one example of subtle Disney touches artfully woven into the luxurious character of Golden Oak," Pierce said. "Our Disney Imagineers poured their talents into creating a community that's thoughtful in design, rich with details and home to a lifestyle like no other."

Marceline is just one of many new additions to Golden Oak. The recently opened Summerhouse, the private residential club facility, is the centerpiece of community activities and events. Reminiscent of a large Tuscan farmhouse, it offers delightful spaces for indoor and outdoor gatherings, a pool, fitness facilities with locker rooms, and a family game room. The Summerhouse restaurant and private lounge will debut later this year, offering dining in a casual, yet sophisticated environment.

Summerhouse is also home to Golden Oak Resident Services, the team that brings Disney's guest-service culture directly to residents. Resident Services can arrange personal, residential and resort requests. Services include assistance with travel and private transportation arrangements, tickets for Disney theme parks and special events, private VIP tours, golf tee-times, dinner reservations, and planning parties. It's like having a Fairy Godmother to handle every detail.

Golden Oak residents can also take advantage of "Disney Connection" amenities. These special services include door-to-park transportation to select locations at Walt Disney World Resort, Extra Magic Hours (at one Walt Disney World Resort theme park each day to enjoy select attractions), merchandise delivery from most Walt Disney World retail locations and discounts at all Walt Disney World golf courses.

For more information about Golden Oak, visit www.disneygoldenoak.com or call (407) 939-5593.


ABOUT GOLDEN OAK at WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Golden Oak brings together family, friends, and cherished Disney traditions in a unique, luxury residential resort community of single-family custom homes with prices starting at $1.6 million. To live at Golden Oak is to enjoy a year-round resort lifestyle that includes distinctive neighborhoods, expansive nature preserves, and an unsurpassed array of amenities and concierge-style resident services. The community's resort and recreation options include a private clubhouse and, scheduled to open in 2014, Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort and a championship golf course.

Golden Oak offers a refined interpretation of resort living. Home-sites are carefully placed to maximize privacy and landscape views, while home designs reflect the character and presence of century-old dwellings. Once fully developed, Golden Oak is anticipated to include approximately 450 homes and encompass 980 acres.

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June 14, 2011

Early Buyers at Golden Oak Get VIP Benefits at Walt Disney World Resort

New Residential Resort Community at Walt Disney World Resort Announces Disney Amenities for Homebuyers; Breaks Ground on Clubhouse

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, FL - Early homebuyers in Disney's unique residential resort community, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort, will receive Disney VIP park passes to Walt Disney World with no block-out dates, free parking, personalized service when making dining reservations at Disney restaurants, access to special early or late theme park hours each day and select merchandise discounts.

Sales began in January and homes are currently under construction in the one-of-a-kind community. Strong interest from buyers prompted Golden Oak to make available most of the estate, grand estate and village homesites in the initial phase of the 980-acre community. Whether from the United States, South America or Great Britain, interested buyers all have something in common: a strong affinity for Walt Disney World Resort and a desire for a retreat where family and friends can enjoy time together creating lifelong memories.

Families who close on the purchase of a homesite or completed home in the exceptional luxury community before December 31, 2011 will receive one complimentary five-year VIP Pass for the homebuyer, providing admission for the Passholder and up to four guests. The special Golden Oak VIP Pass will allow admission to all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, Water Parks, DisneyQuest Indoor Interactive Theme Park and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex every day of the year with no block-out dates. Also included are complimentary parking for one car and discounts up to 20% on select merchandise purchased at select Walt Disney World Resort Parks or Downtown Disney area locations.

"The dream of families buying homes at Golden Oak is unique access to Disney," said Page Pierce, vice president, Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort. "We're excited to offer these incredible VIP benefits to homeowners in what is a truly one-of-a-kind community."

GROUNDBREAKING ON THE NEW SUMMERHOUSE

Every homeowner at Golden Oak will be a member of the private social and recreational Golden Oak Club. As part of their Club Membership, homeowners will receive Door-to-Park transportation, complimentary merchandise delivery to their home in Golden Oak, special golf services, and access to the Extra Magic Hours Benefit at Walt Disney World (early- or after-hours access to one of the four Walt Disney World Resort Theme Parks daily). Disney-designed holiday décor, golf program and in-park special event tickets will be available for an additional fee. I

n addition to the first custom homes, construction is underway for Summerhouse, Golden Oak's 16,000 square-foot residential clubhouse designed by Walt Disney Imagineers for club members and their guests. Located in the heart of the community, current development plans for Summerhouse include indoor and outdoor dining areas, lounge with wine storage and full bar, family room with gaming area, demonstration kitchen for guest chef appearances, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness facility, locker rooms and pool with towel service. An outdoor fire pit, courtyard, function lawn, and park areas are planned for year-round recreation. Programs are anticipated to include kitchen demonstrations by Disney chefs, seasonal parties and family events hosted by Golden Oak Resident Services professionals. Resident Services at Golden Oak will bring Disney's personal guest service culture directly to residents and guests. A dedicated onsite team at Golden Oak will help arrange personal, residential and resort requests such as move-in services, pre-arrival and post-departure home maintenance services, travel and private transportation, holiday home décor, grocery shopping, VIP tours and more.

GOLDEN OAK at WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT

Golden Oak will initially consist of three types of single-family homes: Village, Estate and Grand Estate Homes. Village Homes will capture the romantic look of a Mediterranean village on homesites up to one-quarter acre. Estate Homes, on approximately one-half acre homesites, will offer a variety of architectural styles including Tuscan, Spanish Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Dutch Colonial and Island Colonial. At up to three-quarters acre in size, Grand Estate Homes will include architectural styles consistent with Estate Homes and will accommodate the needs of large families. Home prices start at $1.4 million.

Golden Oak at Walt Disney World Resort brings together family, friends and cherished Disney traditions in a unique, luxury residential resort community of single-family custom homes. To live at Golden Oak is to enjoy a destination experience year round, with distinctive neighborhoods, expansive natural preserves and inviting amenities-including a private clubhouse, concierge-style resident services and Walt Disney World Resort Park offerings. Also planned for the community is Four Seasons Resort Orlando at Walt Disney World Resort, with a golf course, spa and restaurants. For more information, visit www.disneygoldenoak.com.

October 5, 2010

Custom Homebuilders Purchasing First Homesites, Signaling Upcoming Sales at Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort

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Lake Buena Vista, Fla., (September 28, 2010) - Seven prestigious homebuilders have been selected by Disney to design and construct the luxury homes in the unique resort community of Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort. Each of the builders is purchasing initial individual homesites, allowing construction of the first showcase and spec homes to begin immediately.

Since Disney announced the project in June, the company has seen significant interest from potential buyers. Inquiries have come from as far away as Brazil and England - and domestically from New York to Texas to California. The selected builders are currently designing home plans in preparation for the launch of homesite sales later this year.

"The homebuilders for Golden Oak have impressive track records of success and dedication to the highest level of quality," said Page Pierce, vice president, Disney Resort Real Estate Development. "We look forward to seeing their beautiful homes come to life in Golden Oak through their fine craftsmanship and signature styles."

Golden Oak will initially consist of three types of single-family homes: Village, Estate and Grand Estate Homes. Village Homes will capture the romantic look of a Mediterranean village on homesites up to one-quarter acre. Estate Homes, on approximately one-half acre homesites, will offer a variety of architectural styles including Tuscan, Spanish Revival, Venetian, Italianate, Dutch Colonial and Island Colonial. At up to three-quarters acre in size, Grand Estate Homes will include architectural styles consistent with Estate Homes and will accommodate the needs of large families.

The custom homebuilders for the Golden Oak Village Homes are CAHILL (www.cahillhomes.com), Goehring & Morgan Construction, Inc. (www.goehringandmorgan.com), and Issa Homes, (www.issahomes.com).

The custom homebuilders for Golden Oak Estate Homes and Grand Estate Homes are Derrick Builders, Inc. (www.derrickbuilders.com), Jones-Clayton Construction (www.jones-clayton.com), J. Richard Watson Construction Company, Inc. (www.jrichardwatson.com), and Ray Coudriet Builder, Inc. (www.raycoudriet.com).

These experienced custom builders are creating residential design concepts for interested buyers and showcase and spec homes, consistent with the unique architectural aesthetic of the Golden Oak community. Disney conducted a rigorous process to select the homebuilders for Golden Oak. Superlative experience building custom luxury homes in high-end Central Florida communities, expertise in the specific architectural styles planned for Golden Oak and a demonstrated reputation for quality design and construction were some of the criteria used in the selection process. Golden Oak may invite additional builders in the future, as the community and demand grow.

What's in a Name?

Disney also unveiled the handcrafted sign at the entrance to Golden Oak, the result of many hours of artistry. The name, Golden Oak, is inspired by Walt Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Newhall, California, where some say gold nuggets were found in 1842, a filming location for segments of the Mickey Mouse Club in the 1950's. In addition to the ranch's official use for The Walt Disney Company, the ranch served as a place of respite and relaxation for Walt and his family. Golden Oak at Walt Disney World® Resort will offer families that same sense of magic and enchantment that Walt believed to be so important. Beyond the literal connection to Disney's Golden Oak Ranch, the iconic oak tree symbolizes the family, stability, and heritage that this community will encourage. The tree also pays subtle homage to Walt's "Dreaming Tree," the tree in his childhood hometown that provided shade for his many hours of daydreaming.

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