In 1966, with the success of Disneyland in California behind him, Walt Disney began to think of himself as an urban planner as much as an entertainer. As a result, in addition to Magic kingdom, he devoted considerable attention to designing a utopian city on the 28,000 acres of Central Florida land he had assembled. His bold plans were never quite forgotten and by the late 1980s Disney CEO Michael Eisner, seeking use for some 10,000 acres south of highway 192, had the idea of building a New Town: Celebration.
Celebration is a Master-Planned Community in Osceola County, Florida, located just outside of Orlando near Walt Disney World.
It was developed in the nineties by the Disney Development Company and continues to grow. The town is truly a celebration of architecture, public space, color, and nature. It's a celebration of sensible values, good community and the best of small-town life.
Celebration is a hallmark of Neo-Traditionalism, or what city planners call New Urbanism. Tree-lined streets, parks and strategically located commercial and civic buildings provide a strong identity for the public space. Even the golf course, so commonly privatized, is bordered by a public street and creates a park-like amenity for all to enjoy.
- Residential neighborhoods radiate out from the downtown business district in a plan that allows for a variety of house types and mixed-income neighborhoods.
- Front porches mediate between streets and houses.
- Garages are located off mid-block alleys, keeping sidewalks pedestrian-friendly.
- Houses are designed according to the town's Residential Architectural Guidelines, ensuring an appropriately Southern character.