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.
"This is a passion," she said. "Actually, it's an obsession. Some people think it's crazy, but frankly, I don't care."
Esteves is among a rare breed of challengers who actually break records.
"We receive around 1,000 claims per week from people looking to break records," said Sara Wilcox, a spokeswoman for Guinness World Records North America Inc. "Only about 4 percent of those are successful attempts."
The most recent edition of Guinness World Records includes more than 4,000 records — from the longest snake ever in captivity to the fastest toilet.
The person who holds the most Guinness records is Ashrita Furman, with 147 current ones. The Queens, N.Y., resident has set 424 records since 1979 and currently is the world-record holder for — among other things — long-distance pogo-stick jumping, most glasses balanced on the chin, most hopscotch games in 24 hours and most records held at the same time by an individual.
Esteves holds just 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.
When looking for the perfect place for aMickey Mouse, there are only two rules: No Mickey in the master suite — that area is just for the couple — and no Mickey in Juan Esteves' office. That's the territory for his "20,000 Leagues Under the Sea" memorabilia.
Now Janet Esteves is setting her sights on more-personal collectibles. She is on a mission to build a photo album of herself on Disney property and cruise ships posing with Mickey in each of his more than 200 outfits.
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Janet Esteves shares Guinness World Record holder status with several other Central Floridians. Here are some of them:
Largest collection of Converse sneakers
Her stint may have been short, but 63-year-old retired teacher Penny Gold's collection of 733 pairs of Converse Chuck Taylor All Star sneakers got her a spot as a Guinness World Record holder in January. Two months later, Joshua Mueller of Washington shattered the Lake Mary teacher's record with his collection of 1,546 pairs.
Longest golf-cart parade
The residents of The Villages in Lake County set a Guinness World Record for the longest golf-cart parade back in 2005, with 3,321 carts. They set the bar so high for the category that not even they could top it. The residents gave it another shot in 2010 but fell about 200 carts short.
Largest crème brûlée
You can't have your cake and eat it, too. Thankfully, that doesn't apply to crème brûlée. The students at Orlando Culinary Academy set a Guinness World Record with their 1,600-pound crème brûlée back in 2005 and have held the record since. The students and chefs served up their dessert — 26 feet in diameter — after the record was set.
Youngest person to dive to the Titanic
The "unsinkable" ship had been underwater about 96 years when then-13-year-old Sebastian Harris of Orlando rode down to the wreckage in a submarine with his father in 2005. That year, Harris, now 21, became the youngest person in the world to visit the Titanic and becamea Guinness World Record holder.
Most dancers 'en pointe'
It may take decades of practice for a dedicated dancer to perfect ballet techniques, but it took only 60 seconds for a group of 245 dancers from Dr. Phillips High School Dance Magnet to set a Guinness World Record. The group of mostly women and girls holds the record for the most dancers en pointe — the classical-ballet technique in which dancers stand on tiptoe for an extended period.
Farthest distance water-ski flying (for men)
OK, he's not from Central Florida. He's Canadian. But in 2000, famed water skier Jaret Llewellyn set the record for the farthest distance water-ski flying near Orlando at the Big-Air Challenge. He flew 298 feet and 10 inches and has held the record for 12 years.Copyright © 2015, South Florida