The town of Celebration 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 and 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.
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, he called EPCOT, on the 28,000 acres of Central Florida land he had assembled.
Epcot was later built as a theme park but Walt's 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.
Apart from it's imaginative design and proximity to the Walt Disney World Resort, the town of Celebration is known for not allowing short term rentals. This ensures a peaceful, family-friendly community inhabited only by residents instead of transient vacationers.