Celebration, Florida


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Celebration (population 3,000) is the first planned community developed by the Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1994. It is located in Osceola County five miles south of Walt Disney World and 21 miles southwest of the city of Orlando. Kissimmee, which is the largest population center in Osceola County, is the county seat. Osceola County grew more than 19%, from 2000 through 2003, and is currently one of the fastest growing counties in the state. http://www.celebrationfl.com/community/community.html 

Many of the aspects of this community are truly planned, including its downtown, health center, Disney-constructed yet county-managed school, post office, town hall, streets, advanced technology infrastructure, office part, and amenities (such as golf course, tennis courts, playgrounds, sports courts, picnic areas, parks, theaters, and walking trails). The original vision was a population of 20,000 living in 8,000 housing units (a mix of single family dwellings, townhouses and apartments buildings constructed according toe pre-1940s-type of architecture), with the Disney Company continuing to own the downtown, golf course, and office park. Experts estimate that Disney invested $2.5 billion to create the community.

Celebration offers a choice of fine or casual dining with more than 20 restaurants, a good number of specialty stores and shops, and services such as banking, travel, salons, etc. It also has a varied and interesting events and activities calendar. With the Disney World Complex close at hand, the city of Kissimmee only minutes away, and nearby Orlando (population 200,000) the amenities available are virtually unlimited. The regional economy is focused on tourism and the Disney complex.

Arts & Culture

Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra is central Florida’s resident orchestra, with more than 80 professional musicians. http://orlandophil.org/ 

Orlando Repertory Theatre offers a full season of performances, from September through May. http://www.orlandorep.com/

Orlando Museum of Art, Loch Haven Park, focuses on American art from the 19th century to the present, African art, and art of the ancient Americas. http://www.omart.org/ 

Mennello Museum of American Art, in Orlando, preserves its permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham (1893-1997). It also features special exhibitions and programs. http://www.mennellomuseum.org/

Recreation

Celebration has its own Robert Trent, Jr. designed public golf course, and there are numerous outstanding courses throughout the area. Walt Disney World, which is minutes away, offers everything imaginable to entertain both young and old alike. http://www.disney.co.uk/usa-resorts/waltdisneyworld/ 

Florida Citrus Bowl (Centroplex) is host to the annual New Year’s Day bowl game, the Capital One Bowl, and the University of Central Florida and Jones High School football games. http://www.fcsports.com/

“The Orlando Centroplex” is the name under which the city manages The Florida Citrus Bowl football stadium, the Bob Carr Performing Arts Centre, The Orlando Expo Centre, and Tinker Field. http://www.orlandovenues.net/

Orlando is home to the “Orlando Magic” franchise of the NBA. Games are at TD Waterhouse Centre. http://www.nba.com/magic/ 

Orlando is the home of the “Orlando Predators” an Arena Football League team. Games are at TD Waterhouse Centre. http://www.orlandopredators.com/ 

Spring training for the Cleveland Indians is at Chain Of Lakes Park in Winter Haven (28 miles). The park seats 7,000. http://www.springtrainingonline.com/teams/cleveland_indians.htm 

Lake Louisa State Park, 7305 US Hwy 27 in Clermont (16 miles northwest) is a 4,372-acre State Park on the shores of the lake. The park offers boating, fishing, swimming, camping and picnic areas. It also has horse trails and more. http://www.floridastateparks.org/lakelouisa/ 

Lake Kissimmee State Park, named for Lake Kissimmee, is a 5,930-acre park, the third largest in the state. It offers fishing, picnicking, camping, boating, bird watching and hiking on its 13 miles of trails. http://www.floridastateparks.org/lakekissimmee/ 

Education

Florida Christian College, Kissimmee, FL, is a private four-year college that requires a Bible emphasis of all who earn a degree. http://www.fcc.edu/ 

Senior Programs

SeniorNet (a volunteer organization) – offers information for seniors and the local Orlando area. Its Web site provides access to a wide range of links useful to seniors. http://www.orlandovenues.net/

Hospitals

Florida Hospital Celebration Health is a 60-bed acute care center that provides comprehensive medical services, including cardiology, cancer care, surgery, sports medicine, and dentistry. http://www.celebrationhealth.com/ 

Airport

Orlando International Airport – http://www.orlandoairports.net/goaa/main.htm

Weather

Average temperatures for January are a high of 71 and low of 49 degrees. The averages for July are a high of 92 degrees and low of 73 degrees. The rainy months are June, July and August and September with 6.5 to 7 inches of rain each month. http://www.wunderground.com/US/FL/Kissimmee.html 

Newspaper

The Orlando Sentinel – http://www.orlandosentinel.com/ 

Property Taxes

Osceola County Tax Collector. http://www.osceola.org/index.cfm?lsFuses=department/ElectedOfficials 

State Taxes

http://www.myflorida.com/dor/ 

Chamber of Commerce

Celebration has no Chamber organization. Kissimmee/Osceola County Chamber of Commerce – http://www.kissimmeechamber.com/ 

State Aging Agency

http://elderaffairs.state.fl.us/english/aaa.php

Distances

Lake Buena Vista – 10 miles
Kissimmee – 10.5 miles
Orlando – 21 miles
Lakeland – 36 miles
Tampa – 67 miles
Winter Haven – 28.5 miles

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