Chapter 67-1965 of the Laws of Florida, incorporating the City of Reedy Creek, was signed into law by Governor Claude R. Kirk, Jr. on May 12, 1967, the same day he also signed chapters 67-764 (creating the Reedy Creek Improvement District) and 67-1104 (incorporating the City of Bay Lake). It was located fully inside the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The city was controlled by The Walt Disney Company and allowed it powers that other area attractions have not had.
Chapter 69-1527, which became a law on July 3, 1969 without the Governor's approval, redefined the city boundaries. The city was completely moved, taking over some land that had been part of the City of Bay Lake (and was given up by Chapter 69-836, which became a law the same day) and including some other land that had formerly been unincorporated. Soon after, the City of Reedy Creek was renamed to the City of Lake Buena Vista to better reflect its new location, through which Reedy Creek did not flow. "Buena Vista" comes from the name of the street in Burbank, California where The Walt Disney Company is located.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District had all the powers of the City and more, raising the questions of why cities needed to be incorporated inside it. Walt Disney's original plans for the site included at least one futuristic living area. This was never built, but some of the ideas were incorporated into Epcot and later Celebration, Florida. The only residents of the city are Disney employees that live in a small community on Royal Oak Court, north of Downtown Disney. The only landowners are fully owned subsidiaries of Disney, and right-of-way for state and county roads.
The body of water named Lake Buena Vista is a small (around 350 m) body of water located east of the Buena Vista Golf Course, west of the crossing of the Florida State Road 535 and Interstate 4. The lake, named Black Lake before Disney came, was most probably named for Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California where Disney's corporate offices and main studios are located. Several entertainment business entities within the WDC structure have names containing "Buena Vista", a Spanish phrase that conveys two different meanings: "good view" or "good eyesight".
Lake Buena Vista is located at 28°22′39″N, 81°31′18″W (28.377362, -81.521728)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.7 km˛ (4.9 mi˛). 12.5 km˛ (4.8 mi˛) of it is land and 0.2 km˛ (0.1 mi˛) of it (1.84%) is water.
The median income for a household in the city was $39,375, and the median income for a family was $62,500. Males had a median income of $60,000 versus $38,750 for females. The per capita income for the city was $25,769. No one in the city is below the poverty line.
Points of Interest
Walt Disney World
Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex
The Ballpark at Disney's Wide World of Sports
Hess Sports Field
Dolly Parton's Dixie Stampede
Lake Buena Vista Golf Course
Grande Pines Golf Club
Falcons Fire Golf Club
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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