| Celebration woman's Mickey Mouse collection sets record |
It's the happiest condo on Earth. Filled to the brim with plush dolls, pin and key-chain displays and thousands of figurines — some more than 2 feet tall — Janet Esteves' home is a monument to Mickey Mouse.
Esteves, a 57-year-old Celebration woman, has held the record for the largest documented Mickey Mouse memorabilia collection in the world since 2006. Back then, she set the record with more than 2,100 items. The latest Guinness World Records count put Esteves' collection at 4,127 items, but she estimates that she has about 2,000 more pieces still waiting to be cataloged and counted. Esteves holds the memorabilia record — but she keeps breaking it.
Esteves' 1,900-square-foot condo has been the family vacation home since 2005, and last year, Janet and her husband, Juan, decided to relocate there from their home in Palm City. The two packed their nearly 6,000 Mickey items in boxes and took months to get them all to Celebration. Though many of their pieces are already on display, dozens of figurines still fill their garage waiting for a more permanent home inside. "I'm always looking for empty spaces on the walls and thinking, 'Which Mickey can I put there?' " Janet Esteves said.
"This is a passion," she said. "Actually, it's an obsession. Some people think it's crazy, but frankly, I don't care." VIDEO
by Desiree Stennett