Search for 'Disneyfied' vacation homes

Weighing investment potential amid sea of price cuts

Ever wonder what occupies the mind of a person who writes about real estate for a living? Well, believe it or not, lately I’ve been ruminating about the Walt Disney Co.

No, I don’t have small children. Nor do I plan on visiting any of the company’s theme parks in the near future. My parents lived in the Orlando area, and my kids, who are both adults now, had been to Disney World more times than they have fingers. If I don’t again step foot in a Disney theme park for the rest of my life, that’s just fine with me.

So, then why am I dwelling on the Disney company? The short answer is, they are so contrary in real estate developments I can’t quite figure out if they’re brilliant strategists or they live in their own Fantasyland.