Celebration New town on the Walt Disney World property in Florida. The downtown area and the first residential phase of this self-contained city of 20,000 opened in 1996, with the first residents moving in on June 18, 1996. Facilities include a school (kindergarten through middle school), a high school, a movie theater, and rental apartments above downtown shops. A fiber-optic information network links all businesses and residences. In 2002, the golf course was sold to a private group, and the downtown area (shops, restaurants, offices, apartments) was sold to Lexin Capital on January 21, 2004.