Celebration Florida About
Celebration, Florida is a planned community created by the real estate development division of The Walt Disney Company. The Disney Company commissioned famous architects to create the master plan and to design the buildings for the community. Established in 1994, Celebration has the flavor of a southern American village from the 1930's. About 2,500 homes are clustered around a small pedestrian friendly shopping area.
The master plan for Celebration, Florida was created by Robert A.M. Stern and Jaquelin Robertson. They modeled Celebration after small American towns and neighborhoods from the early 1900s.
Businesses mingle with living quarters in the Celebration Town Center. Shops, restaurants, offices, banks, a movie theater, and a hotel cluster along a walkway that circles a small, manmade lake. This arrangement encourages leisurely strolls and lingering meals at outdoor cafes.
The first residents moved in during the summer of 1996, and the Town Center was completed that November. Celebration is often cited as an example of neo-traditional town design.
In 2004, the Disney Company sold the 16-acre town center near Orlando to Lexin Capital, a private real estate investment company. However, Market Street still has a storybook atmosphere that some visitors call "Disney-esque." There is a Caribbean flavor to many of the buildings here. Sided in brightly-colored stucco, the Market Street buildings have wide overhangs, shutters, verandas, and arcades.
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