“Have you ever had a neighbor who had to have everything just right?” asked Sydney, a former Celebration resident. “Like they would tell you when to take down Christmas decorations, or tell you to trim your shrubs? Celebration is like that.”
We really have to hammer home the point that aesthetics were everything to the folks behind Celebration. For example, there’s a city ordinance banning franchises like McDonald’s and billboard advertisements. That might seem like a cool idea in theory (and was definitely a major selling point for some folks moving there), but Sydney remembers that freaking some people out.
“I know several adults who looked around and decided not to buy,” she remembered. “A Cuban immigrant who loved Disney was originally going to buy a house right next to ours, but on the day he came to check the city out he said no. He said everything being blank and sterile reminded him more of Cuba than a small town.”