Obsessed With The Florida Orange

ElisOrangeWorldEli’s Orange World, pictured above in a March 1989 photo, has been a landmark on US 192 near Kissimmee since the early 1970’s.

A citrus stand and gift shop, it’s topped with a 60-by-92-foot fiberglass orange that owner Eli Sfassie billed as the “world’s largest orange.” Though considered tacky by some, the gimmick helps sell fruit and souvenirs.


179058_487812749204_6874981_nMe at Eli’s Orange World December 2010


I love, Love, love the Florida orange. When I was a kid, my parents took us to Walt Disney World 2 different times and both times we passed the mysterious GIANT ORANGE. I remember wanting to stop there, but of course getting to the parks early was more important. Every time we drove by my eyes got big; I was obsessed, “What was inside Orange world?” “Is it like Disney world but with oranges?”, I had no idea, but this place stuck with me for 30 plus years.

So in December 2010 my husband and I flew to the Gulf Coast for Christmas to visit my family, we spontaneously decided to go to Universal Studios and Walt Disney World, which is a 7-hour drive. While we were in the car I yelled out to my husband “THE GIANT ORANGE, THE GIANT ORANGE; I’ll finally have a chance to stop at THE GIANT ORANGE and no parent to tell me no”. FINALLY, we arrived at THE GIANT ORANGE.  Upon arrival, you’re greeted with orange samples, which are to me the best freaking oranges on the planet! You haven’t had an orange until you’ve had one from Florida.   They had tons of different orange varieties, orange and grapefruit plants, fresh squeezed orange juice, tons of orange related stuff as well as souvenirs. It was everything you could imagine would be in a GIANT ORANGE.



Down the street were numerous orange groves to pick your oranges. Besides the mosquitoes, we had so much fun.


This makes me happy. The Orange Bird floating around to his song from the 1970’s, played at The Florida Project pin event at Epcot!


In April of 2012 Orange Bird Returns to Adventureland at Magic Kingdom Park


il_570xN.320748027I’m obsessed with finding one of these vintage Walt Disney World ‘Orange Bird’ Bank Souvenir.

Not only are Florida oranges awesome, the color is absolutely beautiful to decorate with. So here are a few wonderful ORANGE finds that I’m in love with.

photoI spotted these cool vintage orange crate labels at the orange groves and had to own one. If you do a Google search you can find tons of them. I think I paid $15.00 for mine. I already had the matte cut but still need to get it framed. It’s such a cool image to hang in my kitchen.


fresh-christmas-mantel-decor-with-greenery-and-orange-fruit-inspirationWOW, this is such a great idea and your home would smell amazing! Fresh Christmas Greenery and Orange Fruit Inspiration. Tobi Fairley Interior Design


OILORLB_1zLight Blue Oranges Oilcloth will add more cheer to your day. Just the thing to spruce up your breakfast nook, this oilcloth pattern can transform any frown into a smile when you turn it into an easy-to-clean tablecloth or hide secret smiles in every drawer and cabinet by lining them with this fabric. It’s perfect for no-sew projects.  onlinefabricstore.net


73d000765b524d444f8eb9d4e1fa85bc 1930’s Florida oranges decorative pillow is stunning. Vintage Beach


il_fullxfull.596446907_ssh5Original art is a great way to work in your love of oranges in your home.
Original impressionist garden still life oil painting titled Wild Florida Oranges. by Lynne French Designs

orange_comfy1How about a cool Orange bean bag chair for the kids room. Walib.com.au


Funny-Fruit-art-in-a-contemporary-kitchen-Interior-DesignLoving the fruity close-ups! decorshome.net


 Unique-Polar-fleece-citrus-pillows-with-Colorful-Fruit-Design-IdeasThis would be sweet to have on a bench in the hallway or a kids room.


Perfect-Fruit-cushion-covers-with-Yellow-Orange-Color-Design-IdeasI love the modern take on this Orange inspired pillow.


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