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Celebration – a breath of fresh air!
When you feel like a change of pace away from the busy theme parks and the crowds, Celebration is a lovely place to visit. Head for Market Street which is an area of shops and restaurants in the centre of Celebration, all set around a beautiful lake.
Parking is easy and there are a couple of car parks to choose from alongside more than ample free street parking. If you choose to go through the day, why not have a leisurely walk around the lake, enjoying the shops and general ambiance of this ‘old time’ town. Treat yourself to an ice-cream or coffee and sit in the wooden rocking chairs which overlook Celebration Lake, letting the world drift by while you ‘people watch’.
You may want to have lunch or dinner in one of the wonderful restaurants. They really are fantastic and there’s something for everyone. You’ll find Italian and Japanese restaurants alongside a Spanish tapas bar and a classic American diner which sells awesome milk shakes and burgers! There’s even a classic English tea room where you’ll be able to enjoy a real cup of English tea with a scone or a delicious cake.
You will also find a cinema and the famous Celebration Hotel with its vintage cars adorning the forecourt. We had breakfast here once and it was gorgeous.
Visiting Celebration is just lovely at any time but in Autumn (Fall) they have a daily flurry of Autumn leaves which come down onto the pavements! ! At Christmas they have an evening ‘Snowfall’ – even though the leaves and snow are not real it is Disney magic at its most real!
To get to Celebration from Disney Wishes Villa, drive up HW27 and then head East on the I4. Pick up the SR 417 towards the airport. Celebration is clearly signposted off this road. Follow the road into Celebration town centre and look out for the Sun Trust Bank on the left. Turn left here and park where you can. The road goes round to the right and you will find the Market Street area and the lake. Re-trace your steps when leaving Celebration as it is easy to get lost! !
Alternatively, head down HW27 to HW192 and after about 3 miles pass the hospital on the right and take the next turning on the right – Celebration Avenue.
Celebration is rarely busy although it does host special events at holiday times throughout the year which can get quite busy. As you drive home, take a short detour and check out the gorgeous houses along the way. There are cottages and townhouses rubbing shoulders with huge mansions which are out of this world. At Halloween and Xmas the homes are always beautifully decorated with twinkling lights and porch decorations. Well – we can all dream………
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