That "small-town" feel was important to the designers of Celebration, but the residents are all too aware of how over-the-top it is. As Sydney told us, "Celebration tried too hard ... it was artificial. Everyone was paying to be kept away from other cities." Another former Celebration resident, Charlie, explained that there's even a term for it -- "being in the bubble."
"My aunt recalled how she was an "insider" of "The Bubble" for years," he remembered. "But how once you leave their bubble you are out. It's a very strange place in that way. People whom she thought were her friends, and went to her wedding, do not talk to her any longer because she left "The Bubble" and, yes, they really do call it that.
"The longer you stay, the more you realize Walt Disney would most likely not approve of the reality of what the town is now, compared to the Disney dream, and magical feeling I believe it used to possess."
Or perhaps he would -- Walt had a bit of that "Mr. Rogers, but with Steve Buscemi's eyes" vibe, himself.