Celebration is a community developed by the Walt Disney Company. It is considered a "perfect community" and often compared to utopian values. For example, residents must have their grass cut to a certain length, they must do certain activities such as walking their dog in a designated area, and they even need to paint their house a color from a hand-picked palate set forth by Disney. Failure to commit can result in fines and dismissal from the community. Celebration is located 5 miles from the Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. The design of this award-winning community includes a downtown, health center, school, post office, town hall, golf course, and a blend of townhouses, apartments and estate homes co-mingled within the same neighborhoods. Conceived as a pre-40's type of town, classical architecture prevails with garages located behind the houses and everything within walking distance.
It was called EPCOT, which stood for Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow. Walt Disney is quoted as saying, "EPCOT will take its cue from the new ideas and new technologies that are emerging from the forefront of American industry. It will be a community of tomorrow that will never be completed. It will always be showcasing and testing and demonstrating new materials and new systems." EPCOT as it's known today meant to be this amazing city, but Disney Imagineers took Disney's ideas and applied them to the EPCOT theme park with monorails, technology consistently 20 years ahead of its time, and attractions to engage Guests to think and look to the future. These ideas were then brought together by the Walt Disney Company and in sync with Imagineers created the community of Celebration. Celebration is one of the top greenest towns in the world, with residents traveling throughout town in personal electric vehicles. The Disney-created city also stimulates urban planning perfection to inspire future towns and cities, engaging in Walt Disney's ultimate goal with EPCOT.
Celebration is mere miles away from the 46 square mile property of the Walt Disney World Resort. Most tourists visit the area for Disney's attractions and accommodations, so traveling to Celebration is quite simple.The Walt Disney World parks and resorts are connected seamlessly to Celebration via World Drive. The north end of World Drive begins near the Magic Kingdom on Disney property and its south end connects to Celebration Boulevard, allowing Celebration residents and tourists to drive to the Walt Disney World Resort without using any busy roadways. Parking can be slightly hard to find. Since most residents of Celebration travel around town in personal electric vehicles and by foot, parking is limited. Paying for parking is based on a meter system and there is valet if your destination ensures you will be away from your vehicles for longer than the three hours designated by the coin-operated meter. Make sure you park correctly when you parallel park. Due to the perfection of Celebration, if you park more than 8 inches from the curb, you will receive a ticket.
If you're staying in Walt Disney World then traveling to Celebration is quite simple. You have multiple options of travel:
Residents of Celebration have to follow a series of rules and regulations set forth by the Supreme Board of Governors in Celebration, and transportation is not left out from those laws. Visitors to Celebration are encouraged to rent out options of transportation to travel within the community. The town is made up of plenty of winding walkways and there are sidewalks for added accessibility.
Residents of Celebration must use these options of travel within the community, and residents are encouraged to join in. Transportation and welcome centers in downtown Celebration let you know how to get your hands on:
All of this ties back into Walt Disney's vision of EPCOT, where residents would either rely on public transportation in the form of monorails, or use an environmentally friendly alternative, like the People Mover or traditional walking.
Course amenities include a practice putting green, aqua driving range, and practice chipping hole. There is a 3-hole Junior Course suited for 5-9 year olds. Convenience Cart service is available on the course everyday. Celebration Golf Club is in the Orlando Resort area and is an easy drive from Tampa. Disney World and other theme parks are located just minutes away.
AMC Movie Cinema inspired from the stylings and culture of the 1940s. No longer open.
The official carriage company of Celebration Florida, we now offer rides every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evening from 6PM – 10PM. We would be honored to share in your very special day by providing you with our vis-a-vis carriage hitched to either team of percheron horses. Weddings & Special Occasions, Two Horse Carriage, Single Horse Carriage, Hay Rides, Birthdays & Halloween, Sleigh Rides, Christmas & Holiday Parties.
Celebration puts together plenty of events throughout the year with some help from Disney. They tend to be quite over the top in meeting the high, luxurious standards of the town. Many of the events are themed to the time of year or holiday, and are often influenced by Disney characters, films, and promotions to the resident of Celebration.
Some annual events include:
Celebration also celebrates other downtown events for the four seasons when the town is decorated accordingly. Twice a year, a Walt Disney World liquidation sale is held at Celebration School to clearance out older merchandise.
Celebration has plenty to see and do. Just walking through the perfectly landscaped neighborhood is an attraction in its own. Celebration is based off of the 1940s, and is often compared to Pleasantville.Downtown celebration has a nice upscale shopping district with plenty of vendors ranging from luxury clothing stores to themed-merchandise stores. Lined with palm trees like Beverly Hills Boulevard and paved in stone, Celebration offers plenty to see, eat, and do. Relax on a bench overlooking the placid lake, or stroll down Market Street and see what the vendors have to offer.
220.127.116.11 11:26, 9 September 2014 (EDT)==Eat== There are variety of dining options in Celebration including world-class food stores and restaurants presenting a large variety of authentic international cuisines:
Enjoy lakeside dining at this casual restauarant providing delicious options in Black Angus steaks, veal, chicken, pasta, and seafood with inspiration coming from the Italian cooking cultures.
"The Columbia overlooks Celebration’s picturesque lake and offers classic elegance in a Mediterranean style setting where diners can enjoy fine Spanish/Cuban cuisine in our old-world-style dining rooms, an outdoor cafe, courtyard, or our Tapas Bar."
"Imperium Wine Room is a 100 seat, class-service, food and wine bar offering the highest quality food and wines with a 50 seat patio. Imaginative wines, a simple menu, affordably priced, exceptional service, elemental design and energetic setting make this location ideal."
Delicious ice creams, fudges, and chocolates!
"Quality authentic Japanese food and sushi."
"Thai Thani Restaurant was established by a retired Deputy Permanent Secretary of the Thai Ministry of Commerce. The restaurant was opened to enhance the Thai Government policy to promote Thai food as a leading cuisine of the world."
"Opened in late 2001, the restaurant features two types of pizza, thick Sicilian style and traditional New York style, both with a variety of toppings. Pizza is served as a whole pie, or by the slice with a drink for $2.79. In addition to the pizza offerings, Upper Crust also features a variety of Pannini’s, pressed sandwiches filled with items such as Tuscan Chicken, Steak and Cheese and Vegetables."
With close proximity to Disney World, Celebration offers a number of lodgings that are conveniently close to the popular attraction.
Celebration, Florida is an upper-class community and destination, and the lodging is priced accordingly. There are budget hotels minutes from the Disney-created community, but within the downtown and outskirts of celebration, pricing is of middle-class and upper-class thresholds.