Celebration is a purpose built community near to Disney World in Florida and the moment you arrive, you know there’s something different about it. Partly because everything is new and partly because it was initially developed by the Walt Disney Company, the whole place is a bit like a stereo-typical “perfect” American town. It’s like Main Street USA on speed!
The EPCOT theme park is based on an idea that Walt Disney had to build an “experimental prototype community of tomorrow” which is what EPCOT actually stands for.
The idea evolved though and the park is now a combination of two main elements – a “World Showcase” where different nations are represented around a large central lake and then a collection of attractions with a science and technology theme.
Downtown Disney is a collection of restaurants, experiences and shops lining a long walkway on the edge of a lake. It really comes alive at night when the atmosphere is brilliant and it’s pretty normal to find street entertainers offering music and comedy. There’s also a Cirque de Soleil theatre here presenting a show called La Nouba and a cinema.