Bay Lake, Florida

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Bay Lake is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. The population was 23 at the 2000 census. According to the U.S Census estimates of 2005, the city had a population of 22.[3] It is named after Bay Lake, a lake east of the Magic Kingdom. Most of the Walt Disney World Resort, including all four theme parks and one of the water parks, is located in Bay Lake. It is one of two Florida municipalities controlled by The Walt Disney Company, the other being Lake Buena Vista.

Bay Lake is part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Chapter 67-1104 of the Laws of Florida, incorporating the City of Bay Lake, was signed into law by Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. on May 12, 1967, the same day he also signed chapters 67-764 (creating the Reedy Creek Improvement District, or RCID) and 67-1965 (incorporating the City of Reedy Creek). It was and still is located fully inside the RCID, and all its duties have been taken care of by the RCID. As fully described in Reedy Creek Improvement District, the city has always been controlled by the Walt Disney Company and has allowed them powers that other area attractions have not had.

Chapter 69-836, which became a law on July 3, 1969, without the Governor's approval, redefined the city boundaries to exclude the easternmost part.[clarification needed] Chapter 69-1527, which became a law the same day, completely moved the City of Reedy Creek, with the land given up by Bay Lake included in the new city. Since then, Bay Lake has expanded to fill the original RCID west of Bonnet Creek, but the Reedy Creek Improvement District has expanded to include new land not in the City.

The RCID had all the powers of the City and more, raising the question of why cities were incorporated inside of it. Walt Disney's original plans for the site included at least one futuristic living area, a planned "community of the future". This was never built, but some of the ideas were incorporated into the EPCOT theme park. The later Celebration, Florida was deannexed from the city and the RCID in 1994 so the Walt Disney Company would not lose control of the District.[citation needed] The only residents of the city are Disney employees that live in a community on the north shore of Bay Lake (on Bay Court). The only landowners are fully-owned subsidiaries of the Walt Disney Company, right-of-way for state and county roads, and five 5-acre (20,000 m²) lots owned by senior Disney employees to give them voting power in the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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