Disney is Launching First Ever Housing Community in California

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You may not have to say goodbye to Disney even when your vacation ends!

Disney has recently announced Storyliving by Disney, where they plan to create a series of housing communities throughout the United States, inspired by each region. Each community is envisioned with the notion of bringing people together – much like Disney does!

The first confirmed location, known as Cotino, is located in the greater Palm Springs area in Rancho Mirage, California. From single-family houses and estates to condominiums, Cotino will consist of 1,900 housing units.

The community will be sectioned into a series of neighborhoods, including one for adults 55+. Confirmed amenities that are being developed include a hotel, shopping center, and various dining and entertainment options, including live music. This will all be facing the center of a 24-acre oasis with Crystal Lagoons technology. Part of this oasis will actually be a professionally managed beach to be enjoyed by the public by purchasing a day pass. You’ll also be able to purchase a club membership.

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You may be wondering, why Palm Springs? This is entirely based on Walt Disney himself, who found Palm Springs to be his “Laughing Place”. Disney is hoping to share that same inspiration Walt felt in Palm Springs with the public through Cotino.

It is designed to be more than a typical neighborhood. Its official slogan is, “Imagine. Create. Live your story.” Plus it will be managed by Disney Cast Members who deliver world-class service and fun.

While there hasn’t been a mention of any financial data, Storyliving by Disney hopes to sort out this information as soon as possible and share it later this year.

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  1. tleeg74

    I assume the television channels in the Disney community won’t have violence or swearing on them….no thanks.

  2. Chantel

    What a ridiculous, and no doubt sponsored, idea. I love Disney but a housing project? I bet it will cost a pretty penny and be completely unaffordable for a regular person. Just more vacation homes for the wealthy like Golden Oak. This is going to go about as well as the Downtown Disney concept did. Probably far worse.

  3. Casey

    So a new “Epcot”? I am skeptical but curious what the vision is.

  4. Dorothy

    This is not Disney’s first time doing something like this. They tried it before, and it was a big failure. “Community of Tomorrow.”

  5. Carrie

    You’d have to be a die hard fan to live there. Far from jobs and so hot and dry

    • Andrea U

      The area is extremely popular, especially with retirees. Summers are super hot, but the rest of the year it is beautiful.

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  7. Pamela Mathieu

    I like Disney dont get me wrong, but that’s disturbing and obsession to the max. The golden oak homes are like millons of dollars and some look so tacky. 🤢

  8. Andrea U

    Rancho Mirage is not cheap and add on the HOA fees for these homes (looks like a mix of both single and multiple family units), BUT it is a great place to retire to – so there is that!

  9. Romy

    I thought Celebration, FL was a Disney community

    • Rebeccaperson

      It was. It didn’t work out. They sold it in 2004. See Midway to Main Street channel on YouTube for details.

  10. Dana

    What’s next? Amazon City, Google Town? Sounds a bit creepy to me! These corporations already have too much control over our lives.

  11. Disneyphile

    I was totally on board with the idea until I read that the public can buy a pass to go to the beach. That’s where it sunk for me. You know this is going to be an absolute premium cost to live there, I would think things like a private beach is a perk to living there. If just anyone can go, it makes it less of a community thing since it’s not just people who live there.

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