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Disney faces serious consequences after DeSantis signs new bill

Disney faces serious consequences after DeSantis signs new bill

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Disney has already faced a serious consequence after DeSantis signed the new law. Let us know your thoughts on what happened.

Florida vs. Disney Conflict

Credit: KtP

The state of Florida and Disney World have been in a heated match the last several weeks over House Bill 1557 – also called the Parental Rights in Education. You can read more about this in our story HERE.

The tension between Disney and the state of Florida escalated as state Republicans set their plans on repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967. Essentially, the law states that Disney is its own governing body within Orange and Osceola counties.

Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967

Credit: Disney

This Act allows Disney to make their own laws, zone their own land, and essentially do whatever they want within those limits. By stripping the company of those abilities, Disney would be regulated by Orange and Osceola Counties.

Emergency services would now be responsible for calls on Disney property. Disney would also have to seek approval for new attractions, restaurants, and hotels.

Bill Passes

Both the Florida Senate and House met this week and both voted on the bill to dissolve the Reedy Creek district. Then, yesterday, Governor Ron DeSantis signed the bill into law repealing the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967.

Now What?

Screenshot of Ameritrade Disney Stock Activity

After the news spread through media sources yesterday, Disney faced an immediate financial consequence. Disney stock (DIS) hit the lowest price in over a year! Yesterday, April 22, Disney stock closed at $118. As you can see from the screenshot above, the 52-week stock price was $189.22. Do you think Disney stocks will rebound or continue to be low?

 What are your thoughts on Disney stock prices decreasing after DeSantis signs bill to repeal the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967? Do you think it will go back up or not? Please share your thoughts with us in the comments below and on Facebook.

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Cj Evans

Thursday 28th of April 2022

I totally agree

Elliot Wagner

Monday 25th of April 2022

My family (4 generations) have been visiting Disney World for almost 50 years. As if your spouse cheated, Disney betrayed us! The Magic has been destroyed. We're getting divorced. No more visits to Disney theme parks, canceling Disney streaming and divesting all financial interest in Disney stocks and funds which invest in Disney. Angry and Heart Broken!

Harvey Householder

Monday 25th of April 2022

Since this bill doesn't actually take effect for over a year and there are provisions to renegotiate, I think speculators are actually missing the big picture. Disney has a large bond that needs to be paid off. As with the practices of government lately, there is a good chance that this is all a smoke screen to get rid of that bond without there actually being any real changes to anything else. Remember it wasn't that long ago that Disney was a major contributor to DeSantis and if he is running for President, he is going to need major contributors again. This could all be just a "you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours' scenario. I think all of the loopholes were put into this bill for a reason and not sure all the facts have actually surfaced yet.


Sunday 24th of April 2022

Tax revenue from Disney and the Disney guests will continue to foot the expenses. What will be different now will be that Disney will need to have approval from Orange County to do improvements or construction in DW. Why should Disney be treated any differently than Universal, SeaWorld, Legoland, or any other business in the area? It shouldn't. The Reedy Creek District should have been dissolved a long time ago.


Sunday 24th of April 2022


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