Founded in 1994,
Celebration has the zest of an endearing old-fashioned American town
of the South. Developed by the Celebration Company, a division of the
Disney Development Company, this planned urban development is set on 4,900
acres just south of Orlando; located
in Northwest Osceola County,
Florida, south of U.S. 192 and
adjacent to Interstate 4 and Highway 417.
It is a 30 minute car ride from Celebration to downtown Orlando and a 20 minute ride to the Orlando International Airport. The community’s distinctive
architecture is one of its’ most important features. The collaborative effort of internationally
renowned architects and community planners resulted in this unique American
town that sets Celebration apart from any other place to live, work and play.
The community was
constructed in phases; one Village at a time. Celebration Village,
West Village and Lake Evalyn
were built in Celebration’s first phase of development, with a total of
approximately 500 home sites, including 76 townhomes, and nearly 700
condominiums. The second phase of
residential development was North
Village, with more than
300 home sites and 300 condominiums. South Village
followed with over 600 home sites and townhomes and nearly 500 condominiums. Phase
four included two villages; East
Village and Aquila
Reserve with a combined 500 homes and townhomes and 70 condominiums. Artisan
Park, Celebration’s last
residential phase to date, is a 160-acre village built by the St. Joe Company
and contains more than 600 homes and condominiums.
Celebration has a
broad mix of residential styles to offer including condominiums, townhomes,
terrace style condominiums, as well as bungalow, garden, cottage, village,
manor and estate homes. The enduring appeal
of the individual homes is evident in the harmonious blend of their
traditional, Southeastern exteriors with floor plans and interiors that are
designed for modern lifestyles and tastes.
You will find Classical, Coastal, Colonial Revival, French, Mediterranean and Victorian architectural styles brought
together to create a truly unique community. Homes, most with welcoming front
porches, create open, friendly and inviting streetscapes while quaint backyard
gardens invite you to sit back and relax in privacy. Most homes have access to
the garage via a rear service alley.
At present, the
community has a population of approximately 12,000 residents and 4,960 charming homes.
downtown business area is a traditionally styled Town Center
with pre-1940’s architecture and is reminiscent of a village in the tropics
with its’ colorful stucco buildings. The shops, businesses and restaurants are
nestled around a lakefront where pedestrians can stroll or relax in
rocking chairs. There is a mix of three and four-story buildings that define
the downtown area and house various businesses on the street level with one and
two-bedroom condos built above the retail shops, restaurants, and professional
offices. The downtown area is the location for many service related businesses
such as a hair salon, a nail salon, an old-fashioned barber shop, and includes
two banks, several restaurants, a post office, the Celebration Hotel and the Town
Water Tower Place
Water Tower Place was
created by the town’s master planners, Cooper, Robertson and Partners and
provides added convenience for residents with its retail shops, restaurants, a
gas station and many other consumer service related businesses.
Celebration Place Office Park
little over one-half of the planned 1.1 million square feet of commercial
office space, designed by the famous Italian Architect, Aldo Rossi, has been
developed. These buildings house many of Disney’s executives and employees.
has two public schools; the Celebration
School (grades K-8) and Celebration High School (grades 9-12) . Stetson University has a campus in Celebration that offers advanced degrees in Business, Education
Leadership and Counseling. There are
private options for education which include the Montessori Children’s House. Celebration also has private day care and
preschool options within the community.
the regional area from its Celebration setting.
Located on a 60-acre site, the facilities include a fitness/wellness
acute-care hospital with an emergency room and a professional building that
houses physicians’ offices.
Parks & Recreational
are four community pools spread amongst the different Villages in
Celebration. Several of the Condominium
Associations have private pools for their residents and Artisan Park
has a private pool and Clubhouse for its residents. There are parks and playgrounds located
throughout the town along with miles of nature trails for walking or biking.
Celebration has several community tennis courts and volleyball courts along
with a basketball court located at Lakeside
is the home of a public par-72 Championship Golf Course designed by the renowned
father-son team of Robert Trent Jones Sr. and Jr. It includes a 3-hole junior course, a
practice putting green and chipping hole and an aqua driving range.
has a two-bay Fire and Rescue station. Osceola County provides Fire, Emergency Medical
Services and Sheriff protection for the community.
are often seen moving about town in their NEV’s (Neighborhood Electric Vehicle) or on
their Segway PT (Personal Transporter).
These vehicles offer Green Transportation.
Master Plan and Architects
Robertson and Partners
A.M. Stern Architects
Town Center Architects – Buildings
Bank of America (previously the Preview Center) Moor/Anderson Architects, Inc.
Scott Brown & Associates
Celebration Bohemian Hotel Graham Gund Architects
Graves & Associates
Pelli & Associates
Retail Shops, Offices & Condominiums Robert A.M. Stern & Cooper Robertson & Partners, Architects
Town Hall Phillip
Johnson, Ritchie & Fiore, Architects
Stetson University Deamer & Phillips
- 1996 Development of the Year
- Grand Project
- 1997 Large/Design/Civil – Surveying – Celebration Infrastructure
Development Phase 1
Society of Landscape Architects 1998 Award of Excellence - Celebration Town Center
- 1998 Frederick B. Stresau
– Urban Land Institute’s Award for Excellence