Celebration, U.S.A.: Living in Disney's Brave New Town

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Henry Holt and Company, Sep 1, 2000 - Social Science - 352 pages
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A prize-winning reporter, his wife, and their two kids describe life in Disney's vision of the future.

In 1997, six months after the first residents had moved into Celebration, Florida-Disney's town of the future with its distinctly retro link to a longed-for past-Doug and Cathy and their two kids closed on their new home and settled down to participate in (and observe) this new venture. Their report from the trenches will surprise both Disney haters and Disney fans.

What is it like to start a new community-not a suburb or subdivision, but a town, inted to be a self-supporting community with the best of the new technologies (including the very latest in teaching techniques) and the most cherished elements in American towns that existed before the automobile turned everything into a mall? For almost two years the family lived this experiment firsthand. Their report is vivid, funny, and painful-and it tells us as much about ourselves and our hopes and dreams as it does about the daily reality of building a community from the ground up.


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CELEBRATION, U.S.A.: Living in Disney's Brave New Town

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A fairly objective look at the easily scorned planned community near Orlando, Fla., created by Disney to incarnate that company's vision of small-town America. The 5,000-acre town opened in 1996 with ... Read full review

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For a while there, I was fascinated with the town of Celebration, FL. Could Disney build the perfect town? Could it be replicated? I do not have the answers, by Mr. Frantz does not think so. No replication yet, and even less work from the town called Celebration! Read full review


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Nick was eleven and Becky was ten when Doug Frantz and Cathy Collins moved to Celebration, Florida. Doug is on the national staff of The New York Times, and he is the author of four books, including From the Ground Up and Levine and Co. He and Cathy are the authors of Teachers: Talking out of School.

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