The Magic of Celebration, Florida

The beautiful town of Celebration, Florida is a must-visit on your next Disney vacation.  It’s located just off HWY 192, near Walt Disney World.  When in Celebration, you instantly get the small- town feeling as you stroll amongst front porches, manicured lawns, and white picket fences.

Celebration was envisioned and originally developed in the 1990s by Walt Disney World.  Some of their offices are still located there.  More than 4,000 residential properties are sprawled out across Celebration.  Many visitors don’t realize that the town has its own schools, hospital, fire department, post office, and a gorgeous golf course.  The parks and nature trails are excellent for enjoying the outdoors.

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- Beautiful Homes with Picket Fences line community sidewalks in Celebration, Florida -

All the fun and magic is located at the Celebration Town Center in the downtown area.  Great restaurants and charming shops surround lakefront.  Celebration hosts seasonal festivals that will add an extra spark to your Disney vacation.  Though Central Florida is not known for snow, special machines blow faux snow created by soap suds at select times during the winter months, especially around the Holidays.  It’s a real treat for visitors who are here for the warmer weather and sunshine.


Great Celebration Restaurants Recommended by Magical Memories Staff

Café D’ Antonio.   691 Front Streeet | Celeration, Florida  34747  

The place to go for excellent Italian food.  It was specifically selected for the town of Celebration by Disney.  Choose from an impressive wine list to compliment your lunch or dinner.  Reserve your table ahead of time, as this restaurant fills up quickly and often.

Celebration Town Tavern.  721 Front Street | Celebration, Florida  34747

The Tavern is the perfect neighborhood spot for a lobster dinner, big- mouth burger, or traditional fish & chips.  It provides diners with an authentic New England atmosphere with a large menu to match.  This very much a family- friendly restaurant, but does provide a classic pub area and amazing beer menu with 99 different options to choose from.  An outside patio table is great for our warm Florida evenings, while the interior is very welcoming as well. 

Columbia Restaurant.  649 Front Street | Celebration, Florida  34747

The award winning Columbia restaurant serves up authentic Cuban and Spanish dishes within an inviting old-world-style dining atmosphere.  Paella dinners here are amongst the best in Orlando!  Columbia’s menu is diverse and just too difficult to pick one entrée.  Salad is tossed right at the table and the Sangria is fabulous.  In fact, the Sangria is prepared tableside as well.  Remember to choose a souvenir at the Spanish shop before heading home.

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 - Dinner by the Sidewalk, Views of the Lake.  People-Watching is common in Celebration, Florida -

Lunch at The Boathouse in Disney Springs

I recently had the opportunity to enjoy a luncheon and first look at the newest upscale waterfront dining option, The Boathouse, located at Disney Springs within Walt Disney World. The restaurant is part of a huge construction project that is transforming Downtown Disney to the new Disney Springs. The Landing was the first phase to open this past spring.

My lunch at the Boathouse included sampling their steak, chicken, and seafood plates complimented by roasted potatoes and grilled asparagus spears. The flavors are unique to the restaurant and atmosphere in that I have not tasted anything quite like this before. S’mores Baked Alaska for desert complimented this feast nicely. A combination of chocolate ice cream, marshmallows, and rich chocolate syrup secured my day-long smile. Reserve some time on your next Disney vacation to dine at the Boathouse.

There’s a lot more to experience than the exceptional food and upscale nautical atmosphere. Take an after-dinner ride on one of the featured vintage amphicars and tour the surrounding landmarks from the lake. Enjoy a stroll on the dock space at the attached marina that stretches out over 300 feet. The Boathouse hosts an ultra-rare display of classic wooden boats that are priceless wonders not found in a collection together anywhere else in the World.

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- Ride Amphicars at The Boathouse, Disney Springs.  Tour surrounding landmarks before dinner. -


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- Rare Classic Boats on Display at The Boathouse, Disney Springs. -


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- Alter Ego Classic Race Boat on Display at The Boathouse, Disney Springs. -


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- What You've Been Waiting For.  The S'mores Baked Alaska at The Boathouse, Disney Springs. -

The Chocolate Kingdom Chocolate Factory

Chocolate lovers of all ages will enjoy their visit to the Chocolate Kingdom, of Kissimmee. This popular attraction boasts a full-service chocolate factory and candy shop that features delicious treats made fresh daily. It will be hard to resist purchasing some of these fine sweets to indulge in while on vacation. These goodies are locally made with passion only at the Chocolate Kingdom.

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Guests are treated to an interactive factory tour that lasts less than an hour. Learn all about the bean-to-bar process of chocolate production. The tour is very family-friendly, as spectators follow a unique storyline which adds more excitement and adventure during their visit.  There are even chocolate tastings, where you will be able to sample chocolate at the different stages of production.  At the end of the tour, make your own fresh chocolate candy bar with a wide selection of toppings! Not only will you gain a new appreciation about chocolate, but you will take away sweeter vacation memories.

Chocolate Kingdom is located beside Old Town Kissimmee and Fun Spot on Highway 192 in Kissimmee.