- Hardcover: 342 pages
- Publisher: Henry Holt & Company Inc; First Edition edition (31 Dec. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0805055606
- ISBN-13: 978-0805055603
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 3 x 23.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,530,773 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Celebration, USA: Living in Disney's Brave New Town (Marian Wood Book) Hardcover – 31 Dec 1998
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"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"
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"" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
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." --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
However, their quest for objectivity strips the book of any life it could have had. I know these smart and well-travelled reporters had opinions about the neighbors, the lack of intellectual discussions, the maddening pastels, but there is only the barest hint of this. They try so hard to like Celebration you can see their jaws clenched through the smile. I wished I could shake them have them really confide in me.
Although they joined every organization and supposedly made many friends, it was a difficult decision for them to choose to stay more than a year. In carefully worded phrases, they admit it is not for them.
On a technical note, since the two of them wrote the book together, they would say "we did this" and then refer to "Doug and Cathy" in the same paragraph. It was disconcerting and confusing.
Read it if you want to know about Celebration.
As true liberals, the authors see corporations as responsible for everyone's welfare. Most of the actions of the authors in Celebration were to try to force Disney to do something. Their position seems to be that Disney should be more regulated and contribute more. It would be nice at least once to hear them thank Disney. Thank you Disney for your vision. Thank you Disney for risking your capital. Thank you for fighting the political battles to make Celebration possible.
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When I saw this book about a couple who had lived there and had the inside scoop on the community inspired by Disney's original vision of having people live in Disney world type utopia atmosphere - I had to read it. I wasn't dissappointed. I didn't find like others that the writers bashed Diseny. In fact, I thought it was a pretty realistic picture of how communities develop and that even in one created to be more of a utopia - well, life is life, people are people and the real world still has to be dealt with. Some people have made celebration their utopia - and work to continually improve it, others expected it utopia to be given them from Disney (and well, good luck on that). I thoroughly enjoyed this couples recount of their experiment of living there.