Celebration, Florida is connected directly to the Walt Disney World parks and resorts by World Drive; the north end of World Drive begins near the Magic Kingdom and connects to Celebration Boulevard at the south end, allowing Celebration residents and guests to conveniently drive to Disney without hitting heavy traffic. With the increasing population, Disney has divested most of its control over Celebration in the years since it founded the town, although several Disney business units occupy the town’s office buildings.
The idea for the Walt Disney Company to develop a community began with Walt Disney’s Experimental Prototype Community of Tomorrow (EPCOT) concept. In the early 90’s, the Disney Development Company established the Celebration Company to spearhead its development. The total investment for the project is estimated at $2.5 billion.
The town of Celebration hosts a variety of special events throughout the year. Whether you prefer to stroll down Market Street perusing fine art, dance to family friendly music in front of the lake, or watch snow falling during the holiday months, we have something planned for you! All events are subject to date change or cancellation.
Some of the other events include community-wide yard sales, an art show, an exotic car festival, the “Great American Pie Festival” [televised on The Food Network], a “Posh Pooch” festival, and downtown events for the Fall and Christmas seasons when autumn leaves and “snow” (small-scale soap bubbles) are released into the town square. The community also host a 4th of July fireworks celebration. The Fall Faith Festival was held on September 29, 2007 to bring all of the Churches in town together. Andy Chrisman, formerly with the Contemporary Christian Band 4Him, performed at the event in front of 2,500 people. Fall of 2007 marked many new events in Celebration. Downtown hosted an Ocktoberfest one weekend in October and a weekend in November started, ‘A Taste of Celebration’ showcasing food from all of the downtown restaurants.
Contrary to its design as a quintessential American town, Celebration does not have any road named Main Street, primarily because of unwanted comparisons with Disney’s more famous Main Street USA in the Magic Kingdom, and secondarily because that name is already used elsewhere in Osceola County. The two main roads going through the center of the downtown area are named Market Street and Front Street.
Celebration is separated into separate areas referred to as Villages. The main village, closest to downtown, is where the first homes were constructed. North Village, houses the Georgetown Condos as well as Acadia Estate Homes. East Village includes Roseville Corner and Aquila Loop. Lake Evalyn, generally considered its own area of Celebration, includes a street called “Wisteria Lane”, a name made famous by the ABC hit, Desperate Housewives. South Village houses the Spring Park Loop estate homes and Heritage Hall. Additionally, Siena Condos complete the outer edge of South Village by Celebration Blvd. Mirasol includes condos with concierge service and a day spa. Artisan Park, is at the end of Celebration Ave and houses condos, town homes, single family residences as well as a clubhouse consisting of a pool, gym, and restaurant.
As of 2004, there are 9,500 residents in 3,745 households (including apartments) living in Celebration, Florida.
In 2000, the community population was spread out with 31% under the age of 18, 5% from 18 to 24, 31% from 25 to 44, 26% from 45 to 64, and 7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37. For every 100 females there were nearly 95 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were nearly 94 males.
The median income for a household in the community was $74,231, and the median income for a family was $92,334. Males had a median income of $51,250 versus $46,650 for females. 6% of the population and 4% of families were below the poverty line. 8.5% are under the age of 18.
The residents of Celebration come from all parts of the country. Some residents are ‘snow birds’ who only stay during the winter months although most of the population from these states are full time residents. There is also a large British population living in Celebration, Florida.