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Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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. As fully described in Reedy Creek Improvement District, the city was controlled by the Walt Disney Company and allowed them 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, which Reedy Creek did not flow through.
The Reedy Creek Improvement District had all the powers of the City and more, so there seems to be no reason for a city. However, 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 the Walt Disney Company, and right-of-way for state and county roads.
The body of water called Lake Buena Vista is a very small (L < 100m) body of water located entirely inside the Buena Vista Golf Course, north of the crossing of the 535 and the I-4. The lake, named Black Lake before Disney came, was most probably named for Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California where the corporate offices and main studios of The Walt Disney Company are located. Several entertainment business entities within the WDC structure have names containing "Buena Vista", a Spanish phrase that roughly corresponds to "fair view".
Lake Buena Vista is located at 28°22'39" North, 81°31'18" West (28.377362, -81.521728).
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 16 people, 9 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density is 1.3/km² (3.3/mi²). There are 11 housing units at an average density of 0.9/km² (2.3/mi²). Everyone in the city is White, and nobody is Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 9 households out of which one has children under the age of 18 living with them, four are married couples living together, none have a female householder with no husband present, and four are non-families. Four of all households are made up of individuals and one consists of someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.78 and the average family size is 2.40.
In the city the population is spread out with two under the age of 18, nobody between 18 and 24, three from 25 to 44, six from 45 to 64, and five who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 53 years. For every 100 females there are 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 100.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $39,375, and the median income for a family is $62,500. Males have a median income of $60,000 versus $38,750 for females. The per capita income for the city is $25,769. No one in the city is below the poverty line.
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