Lake Buena Vista, Florida

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Lake Buena Vista
City
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
Location in Orange County and the state of Florida
U.S. Census Map
U.S. Census Map
Coordinates: 28°22′39″N 81°31′18″W / 28.37750°N 81.52167°W / 28.37750; -81.52167Coordinates: 28°22′39″N 81°31′18″W / 28.37750°N 81.52167°W / 28.37750; -81.52167
Country United States
State Florida
County Orange
Government
 • Mayor Tom Nedorost
 • Council Member Maurice Bone
 • Council Member Terry Fay
 • Council Member Charlie Reed
 • Council Member Mike Sheehan
Area
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Land 3.0 sq mi (7.7 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 95 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 10
 • Density 3.2/sq mi (1.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 32830
Area code(s) 407
FIPS code 12-37625[1]
GNIS feature ID 0302708[2]

Lake Buena Vista is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is mostly known for being the mailing address for the Walt Disney World Resort—although almost all of the resort facilities, including all four theme parks, are physically located in the adjacent city of Bay Lake. It is one of two Florida municipalities controlled by The Walt Disney Company, the other being Bay Lake. The permanent residential population of Lake Buena Vista was 10 at the 2010 census.[3]

Lake Buena Vista is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

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 had 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 headquartered.

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, a planned "community of the future". This was never built, but some of the ideas were incorporated into the EPCOT theme park and later Celebration, Florida. The only residents of the city are Disney employees and their immediate family members who live in a small community on Royal Oak Court, north of Downtown Disney. The only landowners are fully owned subsidiaries of Disney, and rights-of-way for state and county roads.

The lake[edit]

Lake Buena Vista is a small body of water located east of the Buena Vista Golf Course, west of the crossing of State Road 535 and Interstate 4. The lake, which was called "Black Lake" before its acquisition by Disney, was most probably named for Buena Vista Street in Burbank, California, where Disney's corporate headquarters are located. Several Walt Disney Company business entities had names containing "Buena Vista", a Spanish phrase that means "good view".

Geography[edit]

Lake Buena Vista is located at 28°22′39″N 81°31′18″W / 28.37750°N 81.52167°W / 28.37750; -81.52167 (28.377362, -81.521728).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2); 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2) of it is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2) of it (4.02%) is water.[5]

Climate data for Lake Buena Vista, FL
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 90
(32)
90
(32)
92
(33)
98
(37)
100
(38)
101
(38)
101
(38)
103
(39)
98
(37)
97
(36)
92
(33)
90
(32)
103
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 71
(22)
74
(23)
77
(25)
82
(28)
87
(31)
90
(32)
91
(33)
92
(33)
89
(32)
84
(29)
79
(26)
73
(23)
82.4
(28.1)
Average low °F (°C) 47
(8)
50
(10)
53
(12)
58
(14)
65
(18)
71
(22)
73
(23)
73
(23)
72
(22)
65
(18)
57
(14)
50
(10)
61.2
(16.2)
Record low °F (°C) 19
(−7)
27
(−3)
25
(−4)
38
(3)
45
(7)
50
(10)
56
(13)
60
(16)
56
(13)
42
(6)
29
(−2)
20
(−7)
19
(−7)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.39
(60.7)
2.88
(73.2)
3.82
(97)
2.27
(57.7)
3.55
(90.2)
7.67
(194.8)
7.47
(189.7)
7.85
(199.4)
6.31
(160.3)
3.24
(82.3)
2.24
(56.9)
2.41
(61.2)
52.1
(1,323.4)
Source: [6]

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16 people, 9 households, and 5 families residing in the city. The population density was 3.3 inhabitants per square mile (1.3/km²). There were 11 housing units at an average density of 2.3 per square mile (0.9/km²). Everyone in the city is white.

There were 9 households out of which one had children under the age of 18 living with them, four are married couples living together, none have a female householder with no husband present. Four are households are made up of individuals, one of whom is 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.78 and the average family size was 2.40.

The age distribution was two under 18, none between 18 and 24, three from 25 to 44, six from 45 to 64, and five who were 65 or older. The median age was 53 years. The male-to-female ratio is 1:1.

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.

Population history[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 12
1980 98 716.7%
1990 1,776 1,712.2%
2000 16 −99.1%
2010 10 −37.5%
Est. 2013 10 0.0%

Note that the spike in the 1990 population reflects the temporary inclusion of residents of the Vista Way apartments, which began operation in 1988. They were de-annexed after the 1990 census.

Points of interest[edit]

Education[edit]

Lake Buena Vista is a non-operating school district. Public school students in Lake Buena Vista attend Orange County Schools through a sending/receiving relationship with Orange County Public Schools.

The only subdivision within Lake Buena Vista falls within the attendance zones of Sand Lake Elementary School, Southwest Middle School, and Dr. Phillips High School.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved September 20, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Monthly Averages for Lake Buena Vista, FL". The Weather Channel. Retrieved December 29, 2011. 

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