Celebration’s 10th birthday

Disney’s planned community, Celebration, turned 10 years old this past weekend.

I remember when Celebration was being built. I end up travelling to Florida every three or four years, it seems, and having a keen interest in architecture and community planning this Disney town caught my attention. I was very skeptical of this intimate project being taken on by such a large company.

And, sadly, though I’ve driven by the community a few times, I’ve never driven into it — and therefore my skepticism remains. I suppose I’m afraid that it will be put on, that it will look and act like a movie set — like Disney World across the interstate. The next time (assuming there is a next time) I visit Florida I’ve already made it a point to visit some new places (Disney World is great, but Orlando has a lot to offer.) like Pioneers headquarters and Wycliffe’s language museum.

I’ll have to add Celebration to that list.

Photo from the Disney blog.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at pcNielsen.com.

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