Celebration, Florida

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Celebration is a census-designated place (CDP) and a master-planned community in Osceola County, Florida, United States — located near Walt Disney World Resort and originally developed by The Walt Disney Company. As part of the OrlandoKissimmee Metropolitan Statistical Area, Celebration's population, estimated at 2,736 in the 2000 census, is estimated in 2010 at over 11,000.

Since founding Celebration, Disney has followed its plans[3] to divest most of its control over the town. Several Disney business units continue to occupy the town's office buildings and two utility companies, Smart City Telcom and Reedy Creek Energy Services, both operated by Walt Disney World, provide services to the town. The town itself remains directly connected to the Walt Disney World resorts via one of its primary streets, World Drive, which begins near the Magic Kingdom.

Downtown Celebration's post office was designed by Michael Graves, its town hall by Philip Johnson and its Celebration Health building by Robert A. M. Stern.[4] Response to Celebration has ranged from an early visitor who said it resembled the too-perfect town of The Stepford Wives,[4] to those who see Celebration as a return to small-town values with walkable and safe communities.[5]

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History

In the early 1990s, the Disney Development Company (DDC) established the Celebration Company to spearhead its development within approximately 4,900 acres (20 km2) of land in the southern portion of the Reedy Creek Improvement District.[6] Total investment for the project is estimated at US$2.5 billion.[7]

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