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buzzchamp
20-01-2009, 12:39 PM
I keep reading about it but havent been there. What is there to do there please?

Tink
20-01-2009, 01:04 PM
Shop, eat, and on Sunday visit a Farmer's Market (that isn't a real farmer's market more like a mini craft fair with a veggie stand). :D

They have a pretty little lake and the area is quite nice (in a Stepford Wives sort of way...)

They have different festivals and events throughout the year. They have a really nice (albeit small) car show. Testarossas and the like. :D :D The Pie Festival. Seafood Festival. That sort of thing.

It's simply a little place, trying to give the atmosphere of a small village plunked down in the middle of chaos on 192! :D

daveann
20-01-2009, 01:22 PM
its a lovely place to chill out there are rocking chairs and umbrellas next to the lake and its so quiet and peacful there. lovely gift shops and cafe's i loved it there but you only need half a day

disneymom
20-01-2009, 02:40 PM
isnt there a cinema there? is it an old one or one of those silly new fangled ones like at downtown disney?

Slowhand
20-01-2009, 03:33 PM
isnt there a cinema there? is it an old one or one of those silly new fangled ones like at downtown disney?
There is a cinema at Celebration.
We`ve never been inside, although from the outside it has the appearance of on of the old type of cinemas like we had over here many years ago.

Ursula
20-01-2009, 03:48 PM
The teeth whitening dentist I use :D

Ursula
20-01-2009, 03:50 PM
Wasn't Celebration something to do with Disney?

Slowhand
20-01-2009, 03:55 PM
Wasn't Celebration something to do with Disney?
I believe that it was built by Disney as a community for their employees.
The houses there have numerous restrictions placed on them regarding the amount of time they can remain unoccupied each year, the length of the grass in the lawn, etc.etc.
Although it`s well worth a visit I don`t think I would like to live there, it seems too "clinical" to me. [But that`s just my humble opinion!]

Britchick
20-01-2009, 04:08 PM
is it like small town America Tink?

Slowhand
20-01-2009, 04:12 PM
is it like small town America Tink?
It`s more like a film set than "small town America" IMHO.
It`s the only place I`ve been in the States where cars have actually stopped for me to cross the road!

lisaw
20-01-2009, 04:14 PM
I love it there because it is so sterile :lol:

It does look a bit 'Stepford Wives' but I love those houses :D

BigThunder
21-01-2009, 01:08 AM
Well, it was built by Disney so I imagine it's got to be quite Disneyfied which is completely why I am fascinated by it. Houses are quite costly there if my memory of searching online years ago serves me right. It's a place I have wanted to at least cruise thru for years & never seem to get around to it.

Tink
21-01-2009, 01:34 AM
It was originally Disney built and organized, but for anyone who chose to (and who could afford to and would live by the extensive association rules) live there, not just employees. :)

There was a real scandal a few years ago when some of the most expensive homes there saw their wood working (door jambs, window sills, and the like) disintegrating. It seems the high priced builder had used a heavy grade CARDBOARD intstead of wood!! :eek: Lots of lawsuits...

The Disney corp turned the place over the residents a couple of years ago. The housing authority that governs the place is wicked restrictive. You can't have a pick up truck. You can't have your childrens toys in the yard, no bikes, no wagons, no balls, no badmitton nets, etc. Nothing. No clothes lines as they are things of the devil. :rolleyes: I can't remember them all, but there sure are tons of them. Oh, yeah only certain types of outdoor decorations can be used (and only during approved holidays...).

It's not really small town America. It is an aritificial construct. Small town America has a sense of community and at least some diversity. You don't see that there. It's more of a curiosity.

We looked at an apartment there when we first came to this area. We were so disappointed! We thought it might be fun to live there for a year or so, but the apartment was really ugly. :( We found much more for much less over by Metro West. :shrug:

Needless to say, we aren't fans of the place, but do go over when we have interest in an event they may be having.

BigThunder
21-01-2009, 01:52 AM
Oh wow! Can you imagine paying what these people did for the houses to find out the builder cut corners in a major cheapskate way! That's awful. I can remember that basically, when I looked up property, that we could afford a 2BR apt. for what we paid for our 5BR house, lol. Of course, we are in WV & this is in Celebration..location location location. But still. As much as I think it would be cool to live there, couldn't downsize that much, hehe.
I knew Disney had sold it a few years back. I wondered if it would affect it adversely or not. I can only imagine how crazy strict their ordinances are.
I'd never heard that it was built for employees before.

Tink
21-01-2009, 01:54 AM
Yeah, sticker shock is massive, isn't it? When we left the northeast we sold our 11 room house (over a hundred years old) for forty five thousand dollars. AND, we were happy to see it go! Imagine our utter shock when we got down here and found out we couldn't buy a trailer for that! :eek:

BigThunder
21-01-2009, 01:57 AM
The absolute biggest sticker shock I have ever had in my life was when we went to Southern California. I picked up house for sale guides just for fun but was shocked by what i saw. Absolute dumps were $200,000 & up. I think we decided for what we could get out of our house we could possibly afford a trailer. Possibly. Of course this was in Laguna Beach :D

PsychoAlice
21-01-2009, 02:02 AM
You cant have a pick up truck?

What the hell is that about?

Tink
21-01-2009, 02:06 AM
Not and park it in your driveway. You'd croak at all the restrictions, Sarah. I thought our HOA was bad, but that one is totally over the top.

BigThunder
21-01-2009, 02:08 AM
When we were looking at houses my favorite restriction was your garage door could only be open during garbage pick-up day & it was between a certain hour. One hour, once a week & that was it. When my kids were younger & played outside more that's how they'd go out, thru the garage. And they'd keep it up because all their toys & bikes & sidewalk chalk & stuff was in the garage. So that rule would have been a tough one for us:)

candyman
21-01-2009, 08:01 AM
The absolute biggest sticker shock I have ever had in my life was when we went to Southern California. I picked up house for sale guides just for fun but was shocked by what i saw. Absolute dumps were $200,000 & up. I think we decided for what we could get out of our house we could possibly afford a trailer. Possibly. Of course this was in Laguna Beach :D

as a thick english man can you please tell me what "sticker shock" is

oh and at christmas they have snow machines in celebration
steve

PsychoAlice
21-01-2009, 08:15 AM
As per wikipedia (Im bored and have nothing else to do!)

Sticker shock is a United States term for the feeling of surprise experienced by consumers upon finding unexpectedly high prices on the price tags (stickers) of products they are considering purchasing. The term is commonly thought to have originated with high automobile sticker prices in the U.S. in the late 1970s or early 1980s, as inflation and increasing government regulation of automotive safety and environmental issues greatly increased car prices.

candyman
21-01-2009, 10:03 AM
thank you

Ursula
21-01-2009, 12:24 PM
So what would happen if you did leave your garage door up longer and broke some rules continously?.... What do they do.... beat your ass out of town with sticks?

Tink
21-01-2009, 01:07 PM
Sort of. They'll fine you and if you don't pay the fines they will put a lien against your house. With continued violation of the HOA rules you will get continued fines that increase over time. Depending upon the type of rule you are violating, you can actually be forced to move.

Ursula
21-01-2009, 03:23 PM
Bliddy hell..... whilst that's good for yobbish types it's abit harsh.

BigThunder
21-01-2009, 04:35 PM
i think these rules for neighborhoods all began with good intent. I mean, our first house was in a nice neighborhood but yet we had this neighbor that was, well, very white trash. For a year, a delapidated, rusted out car sat out on blocks in front of his house on the street. There was nothing that could be done because this tiny neighborhood of 10 houses had no ordinances so even tho everyone else kept a nice & neat house we all had to endure these folks (& i was lucky enough to live beside of them). The other thing I recall (of oh so many things) that nearly put me over the edge was when he hung up his deer he'd killed hunting & gutted them in his front yard. It was horrible, I couldn't stand those people.
But common sense rules, like, no car on blocks in your front yard, have now turned into insane rules like you can't own a pick up truck. Snooty for snottys sake I suppose, idk.

PsychoAlice
22-01-2009, 04:32 AM
I have a 1941 Willies in my yard...rims but no tires...it runs but has no seats... :unsure: and its under a tarp..

candyman
22-01-2009, 08:20 AM
you have 1941 willies in your yard?
thats an aweful lot of willies lol
steve

pinkemma
22-01-2009, 08:43 AM
I finally managed to get hold of one of the books about Celebration and it's origins.

For any Disney fans who like the finer detail this is a very interesting and fascinating read, 'Celebration, USA - Living in Disney's Brave New Town'.

I can't wait to visit and see how much it's changed from the original concept. All those restrictions sound perfect to me!!!! :worship:

Skywatcher
22-01-2009, 08:48 AM
I was always a bit creeped out by the idea of Celebration sounded a bit 'Stepford' to me

Britchick
22-01-2009, 01:31 PM
we lived in a neighbour hood with quite strict restrictions and we violated a few rules :unsure: apparently you're not allowed a pink flamingo on your front lawn oh and one of my blades of grass was above 2 " for more than a day but it was a nice place to live.

PsychoAlice
22-01-2009, 02:08 PM
you have 1941 willies in your yard?
thats an aweful lot of willies lol
steve

LMAO....wishful thinking...

Think WW2 jeep

Disneybumble
22-01-2009, 04:38 PM
It reminds me of the Jim Carey film "The Truman Show". We had the offer to live in Munich , Germany. But the rules were way to restrictive for an airhead like me. No washing out on A Sunday, no washing out between 3-5. Forget it , I would be in a right two aqnd eight. Wondering what day etc.
Hence i have never let my DD's have Days of the week knickers. Far to much stress.

BigThunder
22-01-2009, 09:24 PM
It is very Stepford...very Disney actually. But to me that's part of the attraction. But I can promise that same attraction would wear very thin on me fast & I probably couldn't cut it as a Celebration wife & mom. I have an idea how they probably are ;)