Lake Buena Vista, Florida
Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Official seal of Lake Buena Vista, Florida
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′34″W / 28.37750°N 81.52611°W / 28.37750; -81.52611
Country United States
State Florida
County Orange
Incorporated (City of Reedy Creek)May 12, 1967[1]
Incorporated
(City of Lake Buena Vista)
July 3, 1969
Named forSouth Buena Vista Street, the street in Burbank, California where the Disney Studio Lot is located.
Government
 • TypeCouncil-Manager
 • MayorRenee Raper
 • Mayor Pro TemAndrea Fay
 • Council MembersCharlie Reed,
Angie Sola, and
William "Tom" McCoy
 • City ManagerRandy Singh
 • City ClerkAmy T. Iennaco
Area
 • Total3.14 sq mi (8.13 km2)
 • Land3.03 sq mi (7.84 km2)
 • Water0.11 sq mi (0.29 km2)
Elevation98 ft (30 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total24
 • Density7.93/sq mi (3.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
32830
Area code(s)407, 689
FIPS code12-37625[4]
GNIS feature ID2404857[3]
Websitecityoflakebuenavistafl.gov

Lake Buena Vista (/ˌbwɛnəˈvɪstə/) is a city in Orange County, Florida, United States. It is mostly known for being the mailing address for Walt Disney World, 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 inside the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, which also contains Walt Disney World, the other being Bay Lake. The permanent residential population of Lake Buena Vista was 24 at the 2020 census.[5]

The city is part of the Orlando–Kissimmee–Sanford Metropolitan Statistical Area, more commonly known as Greater Orlando or the Orlando metropolitan area.

History

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), also known as the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, and 67-1104 (incorporating the city of Bay Lake). It was located fully inside the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The city was controlled by Walt Disney Productions and allowed it powers that other area attractions had not had.

Reedy Creek Improvement District Office in Lake Buena Vista.

Chapter 69-1527, which became 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 question 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 Disney Springs. From 1971 to 2022, the only landowners are fully owned subsidiaries of Disney, and rights-of-way for state and county roads.

On February 27, 2023, the Florida Legislature passed House Bill 9B to supersede the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, replacing the Reedy Creek Improvement District with the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

Geography

The approximate coordinates for the City of 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).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), of which 3.0 square miles (7.7 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2) (4.02%) is water.[7]

Climate

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild winters. According to the Köppen climate classification, the City of Lake Buena Vista has a humid subtropical climate zone (Cfa).

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)
Mean daily maximum °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
(28)
Mean daily minimum °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
(16)
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)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.39
(61)
2.88
(73)
3.82
(97)
2.27
(58)
3.55
(90)
7.67
(195)
7.47
(190)
7.85
(199)
6.31
(160)
3.24
(82)
2.24
(57)
2.41
(61)
52.1
(1,323)
Source: [8]

The lake

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 "Blake Lake" before its acquisition by Disney, was 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".

In 2015, guide maps for the Disney Springs shopping, dining, and entertainment district started promoting Village Lake, which the district and Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa borders, as "Lake Buena Vista".[9] The actual lake and the promoted lake are connected via a stream, which is crossed by a bridge linking Disney Springs' Marketplace area with Saratoga Springs Resort.

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
197012
198098716.7%
19901,7761,712.2%
200016−99.1%
201010−37.5%
202024140.0%
[note 1]

2010 and 2020 census

Lake Buena Vista racial composition
(Hispanics excluded from racial categories)
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race Pop 2010[10] Pop 2020[11] % 2010 % 2020
White (NH) 10 15 100.00% 62.50%
Black or African American (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Native American or Alaska Native (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Asian (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Pacific Islander or Native Hawaiian (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Some other race (NH) 0 0 0.00% 0.00%
Two or more races/Multiracial (NH) 0 2 0.00% 8.33%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 0 7 0.00% 29.17%
Total 10 24 100.00% 100.00%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 24 people, 3 households, and 2 families residing in the city.[12]

As of the 2010 United States census, there were 10 people, 3 households, and 3 families residing in the city.[13]

2000 census

As of the census[4] 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). The racial makeup of the city was 100.00% White.

In 2000, there are 9 households out of which 11.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 0.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% were non-families. 44.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.78 and the average family size was 2.40.

In 2000, in the city, the population was spread out with 12.5% under the age of 18, 0.0% from 18 to 24, 18.8% from 25 to 44, 37.5% from 45 to 64, and 31.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 53 years. For every 100 females there were 100.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

In 2000, 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. 0.0% of the population and 0.0% of families were below the poverty line.

Points of interest

Government and infrastructure

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Fire Department Emergency Services fire station

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District has its Fire Department Emergency Services station in Bay Lake, near Lake Buena Vista.[14][15]

Education

Lake Buena Vista is within Orange County Public Schools.[16]

The only subdivision within Lake Buena Vista (Royal Oak Court) falls within the attendance zones of Sand Lake Elementary School,[17] Southwest Middle School,[18] and Dr. Phillips High School.[19]

See also

Notes

  1. ^ 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.

References

  1. ^ "FLORIDA CITIES BY INCORPORATION YEAR WITH INCORPORATION & DISSOLUTION INFO" (PDF). www.flcities.com.
  2. ^ "2020 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 31, 2021.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lake Buena Vista, Florida
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2012.
  8. ^ "Monthly Averages for Lake Buena Vista, FL". The Weather Channel. Retrieved December 29, 2011.
  9. ^ "Brand New Map Of Disney Springs Released!". DisneyDining.com. August 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2016.
  10. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  11. ^ "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  12. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2020: Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ "S1101 HOUSEHOLDS AND FAMILIES - 2010: Lake Buena Vista city, Florida". United States Census Bureau.
  14. ^ "Executive Board Archived 2017-04-18 at the Wayback Machine." Florida Fire Marshalls and Fire Inspectors Association. Retrieved on April 19, 2017. "Reedy Creek Fire Department 651 Buena Vista DR Lake Buena Vista, Fl 32830"
  15. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP (INDEX): Bay Lake city, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 19, 2017. Page 1, Page 2, Page 3, Page 4
  16. ^ "2010 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Lake Buena Vista city, FL." U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved on April 19, 2017.
  17. ^ "Sand Lake Attendance Zone Archived 2017-04-21 at the Wayback Machine." Orange County Public Schools Office of Pupil Assignment. February 20, 2015. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.
  18. ^ "Southwest Middle School Zone Archived 2017-04-21 at the Wayback Machine." Orange County Public Schools Office of Pupil Assignment. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.
  19. ^ "Dr Phillips High School Zone" Orange County Public Schools Office of Pupil Assignment. July 31, 2008. Retrieved on April 21, 2017.