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Celebration, U.S.A.

Living in Disney's Brave New Town

Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

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What is it like to start a new community-not a suburb or a subdivision, but a town, intended to be a self-supporting community that combines the best of the new technological innovations and the most cherished nostalgic elements of American towns? In 1997, six months after the first residents relocated to Celebration, Florida--Disney's "model" town--Doug Frantz and Cathy Collins and their two children moved in to participate in and report on this new venture. Their account, which The Richmond Style Weekly called a "fascinating and evenhanded" report from the trenches, follows the ups and downs of the two years the family lived this experiment firsthand; the new afterword details their surprisingly difficult transition back to a "normal life" in Westport, Connecticut. Their experience 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.
1The Cult of the MouseOur big yellow Ryder truck rumbled and squeaked down the ramp off Interstate 4 twenty miles southwest of Orlando and onto U.S. Highway 192, perhaps the ugliest and most garish stretch of blacktop in America. Less than ten miles from Walt Disney World, the once-quiet road is clogged every day of the year with tourists in rented minivans. In excess of sixty thousand cars daily, according to county traffic counters. If you were to hold out your hand and stop traffic for the day, that's 47.52 miles of vehicles, fender to fender, almost enough to reach to
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Praise for Celebration, U.S.A.

"The authors report engagingly and objectively on what they saw and heard at Celebration...a highly valuable case study on one of the most important movements in community building in decades." --Cleveland Plain Dealer

"Insightful and thought-provoking.... Offers good humor, excellent research, compelling anecdotes."--BookPage

"[An] eminently readable account."--USA Today

A prize winning reporter describes life in Disney's vision of the future in a book that is "admirably candid and readable"=--Los Angeles Times

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

  • In 1997, Doug Frantz and Cathy Collins moved with their two children, Nick and Becky, to Celebration, Florida, to report on the growth of Disney's model community. Doug is on the national staff of The New York Times; he and Cathy are the co-authors of Teachers: Talking Out of School.
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Celebration, U.S.A.

Living in Disney's Brave New Town

Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

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