When Walt Disney announced the “Florida Project” in the mid-sixties he was talking about his original vision for his Experimental Prototype Community Of Tomorrow or EPCOT as we know it today it was to be a totally self-contained community where people would live, work enjoy recreation, go to school, church, and more. The community would have all it needed to sustain itself utilizing the latest technology and being instrumental in creating even more. When Walt died barely a month after his announcement the Disney Company considered for a while whether or not it would go forward with any of the project. It was at this time that Roy came out of retirement and led the company to move forward with Walt Disney World, and in 1971 the Magic Kingdom opened its doors to the world. It would be 11 years later before EPCOT would come to being, but it was entirely different from Walt’s original vision and there would be no residents
In the early 90s the Disney Development Company looked at the property at the far south of the Reedy Creek Improvement District and with encouragement from the then Disney CEO, Michael Eisner, decided to create a master planned community “worthy of Walt’s vision for EPCOT” and Celebration was born. Today the community which is designed in a series of villages covers an area of approximately 4,900 acres and maintains an early 20th Century architectural style, and a population of just under 8,000. In 2001 it was named the “New Community of Year” by the Urban Land Institute.
Celebration is made up of 10 villages, Artisan, East Village, Roseville Corner, Aquilla Reserve, Lake Evalyn, South Village, Celebration Village, North Village, West Village, the newest village, Spring Lake, a downtown area, business district, post office, and hospital. There are also condominium and townhouse homes available. A few new home sites are still available, as well as resales. Each village is made of homes similar in size and value and the homes in Celebration range from the $200,000s to over $1,500,000. As Mary Poppins would say, this community is “practically perfect in every way.”
It has almost immediate access to the Walt Disney World Resort via World Drive or 192 and is only minutes from SeaWorld, Universal Studios, the Holyland Experience and the area’s newest theme park Legoland as well as Orlando’s famous International Drive with its many dining, shopping, and entertainment venues. It is also close to all major central Florida arteries that makes getting anywhere convenient.
If living in this beautiful storybook community is your dream Mike Horton and the dream team at Wendy Morris Realty can help you make your dreams come true.