Macmillan Childrens Publishing Group
Celebration, U.S.A.

Celebration, U.S.A.

Living in Disney's Brave New Town

Douglas Frantz and Catherine Collins

Henry Holt and Co.




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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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

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.

Douglas Frantz

Catherine Collins