Wednesday, October 31, 2018
By Beth Assif
Living in Champions Gate

Champions Gate is a great community for homebuyers of all types. With so many attractions nearby, it’s the perfect location for young, active families. On the other hand, if you’re more laid back, it won’t take you long at all to get to picnic areas and trails or even to the nearest beach. Located in central Florida, this community is only ½ hour away from Orlando International Airport and about an hour away from the nearest beach. Learn more about what it would be like to live in Champions Gate and the surrounding area below.


There are a wide variety of restaurants in and around Champions Gate, from quick fast food to fine dining. The closest fast food options include McDonald’s, Panera, Dunkin' Donuts, Subway, Jersey Mike’s, Wendy’s, and Baskin Robbins. Popular chain restaurants in the area include Miller’s Ale House, Red Robin, and Chili’s. There are also a lot of restaurants unique to the area including Blue Coast Asian, Four Corners Tavern, Trevi’s (Italian), David’s Club at Omni ChampionsGate (American), The Fish & Chip Shop.

Nearby Retailers

Whether you just need a quick trip to the store or want to go on a shopping spree, you won’t have to travel far. Some retailers right in Champions Gate include Walgreens, Publix, Flower Power (a flower shop), UPS Store, 1005 Liquors, and Circle K. From there, you don’t have to travel far to get to Target or Walmart. If you love to shop, you’ll be close to a lot of malls, outlets, and shopping centers as well, including Orlando Vineland Premium Outlets, The Florida Mall, Lake Buena Vista Factory Stores, and Disney Springs Town Center.


Having choice in schools is ideal because everybody wants the best for their kids. There are many charter schools, academies, and public schools to choose from near Champions Gate. Following are the school options along with their GreatSchools ratings out of 10.

For the elementary and middle school ages:

  • Ridgeview Global Studies Academy K-5 (7/10)

  • Four Corners Charter School K-8 (5/10 for K-5; 4/10 for 6-8)

  • Loughman Oaks Elementary School PK-5 (3/10)

  • Davenport School of the Arts PK-8 (8/10)

  • Horizons Elementary School PK-5 (5/10)

For high school:

  • Celebration High School 9-12 (5/10)

  • Ridge Community High School 9-12 (2/10)


There are a variety of parks, trails, and nature preserves near Champions Gate. Hilochee Wildlife Management Area and Lake Marion Creek Wildlife Management Area are both nearby. General James A. Van Fleet State Trail is a great nearby rail trail that spans 29 miles and runs through the scenic wetlands of Florida. You won't have to be on the trail long to start seeing abundant wildlife. These are only some of the trails, parks, swamps, and wildlife areas nearby; you really don’t have to travel far to get away from it all.


Champions Gate is just minutes from all the attractions you think of when you think Disney: the parks, the shopping, the dining, etc. Other nearby attractions include ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, Legoland, Universal Studios, SeaWorld, Discovery Cove, various golf courses, Orlando Science Center, Crayola Experience, iFly Orlando, Titanic The Experience, Daytona International Speedway, and much, much more.   Homes in this area are also located just a little over an hour from Cocoa Beach on the Atlantic side. On the Gulf side, you can get to a beautiful beach in about two hours. Whether you’re old or young, looking for adventure or something more laid back, you’ll never run out of things to do around Champions Gate.

Upcoming Expansion

There is an exciting new expansion coming to the I-4/Champions Gate interchange. This expansion will bring in new restaurants, retail stores, home lots, and a brand new Orlando Health hospital. Some restaurants such as Olive Garden and Longhorn Steakhouse have already expressed interest in the expansion. This will connect to a new condo resort currently in construction, and another developer is also currently building a luxury 326 unit complex right across the street called "Thrive" at Blackwater Crossing. There is already so much to offer in Champions Gate; this new expansion will only bring more opportunities to the area.

For anyone looking to be close to everything, Champions Gate is the perfect place to be. You’ll never have to drive more than ½ hour to get to almost anything you could want or need. With nature parks and wildlife preserves on one side and amusement parks and lively towns on the other, you’re right in the middle of the best of both worlds at Champions Gate.

Beth AssifBeth Assif
Serving Central Florida: Buyers, Sellers, Investors