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The Walt Disney Company Takes a Big Step Back Amid Florida Issues

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The Walt Disney Company Takes a Big Step Back Amid Florida Issues
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The Walt Disney Company and the state of Florida are not on the best terms right now. This latest step back may give us a glimpse into their relationship.

Issues with Florida

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The last few months have been a bit turbulent between the state of Florida and The Walt Disney Company. Florida recently passed the Parental Rights in Education Law. The Walt Disney Company originally remained quiet surrounding this bill despite pleas from employees and fans for them to take an official stance. Tension built until CEO Bob Chapek denounced the bill, but many believed it was too little, too late.

The company has even gone so far to say that they would actively work to get the bill repealed, which caused DeSantis to retaliate in his own public speakings.

The tension between the company and the state continued worsen as state Republicans repealed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967. Essentially, the law states that Disney is its own governing body in the two cities and land within Orange and Osceola counties. While much of that situation remains unresolved, this friction may cause Disney to think twice.

Move to Lake Nona

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The Walt Disney Company made plans to move about 2,000 people from California to Florida. Specifically, these moves were to be to Lake Nona and take place this year and next. Given the current relationship with Florida, some were upset by this move and wished to stay in California. Some even left the company.

Now, Disney shares that the move to Lake Nona is delayed until 2026. They previously bought more acreage for this move, and some employees have already sold California homes and began looking for Florida homes. This delay will no doubt affect a lot of people.

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“While a growing number of our employees, who will ultimately work at the campus, have already made the move to Central Florida, we also want to continue to provide flexibility to those relocating, especially given the anticipated competition date of the campus is now in 2026. Therefore, where possible, we are aligning the relocation period with the campus completion.”

Disney made no mention of why the move was delayed other than the campus completion date. We do wish to state the issues with Florida are not known to be the cause for the delay, but given the current public feud between the two it is possible Disney may holding back a bit.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. I don’t believe everything I read but I’m guessing this is the real answer money matters to disney and right now economically putting it off makes sense.. and the feud thing is political BS. In the end the development thing will get settled and do you really think Disney wants to stay in business unfriendly California? The state that kept them shut down when wdw was opened so they could stay afloat and make money

  2. For employees who have already purchased homes I am sure they will be allowed to work for their new homes in Florida u til the office is up and running……this just people more time to get themselves settled…….and when was disney ever on time with any construction…..the answer is never

  3. Well here you go Disneys official response…. And it has nothing to do with politics.. from the AP

    Disney delaying Florida campus but not because of tensions

    LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is delaying by more than three years the opening of a campus in central Florida to which 2,000 workers were being relocated from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development.
    Despite being targeted in recent months by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature, Disney officials said Thursday the delay had nothing to do with tensions with state officials. Instead, more time was needed to build the campus in the Orlando area and the company wanted to give workers additional time to adjust to the transition.

    • It appears the AP article was posted around the same time or even after I published my own so that would be new information that I had not seen before doing my own research. Still not sure I 100% believe Disney’s “official” response. Time will tell, I suppose.

  4. Construction supply chain, recession coming, construction materials way overpriced and the stock performing even worse than others on the DJIA. But yeah it’s “Florida”. And if you “mentioned it in the article” maybe just start with a non-salacious headline.

  5. My words of caution are be careful with your comments and stay out of Florida politics. The Orlando Business Journal has already confirmed that Disney itself has said that this has nothing to do with the Reed Creek Development. Disney’s construction projects never run on schedule, so this news should surprise no one.

  6. Did I say you? What I meant was the media in general who write hit piece after hit piece on the governor. I rather see all the other great stuff information you guys out out then the political stuff.. people are just looking for an escape..

  7. Still pure speculation on your part … maybe it’s the current state of the economy or that Disney and other stocks are at an all time low.. again all pure speculation

    • Well yeah, that’s all we can do at this point since Disney didn’t share why. I will be sure to update if they ever do. However I made that clear in the article.

  8. Yup totally agree all these bloggers are into the political aspect gets clicks let them hate our governor as I rather not run for any other office

    • Who said anything about hating the Florida governor? I certainly never have, and I have written about him extensively on this blog.

  9. This article is a total lie. The relocation delay has nothing to do with Disney’s quarrel with the State of Florida. Disney is infamous for not completing projects on schedule, and now the Lake Nona campus will not be completed until 2026. Many companies are experiencing delays in construction. Not just Disney. The author needs to get her facts straight before she posts such ridiculous comments.

    • Did you miss the part where I specifically mentioned that? It was even in bold print: “Disney made no mention of why the move was delayed other than the campus completion date. We do wish to state the issues with Florida are not known to be the cause for the delay, but given the current public feud between the two it is possible Disney may holding back a bit.” Your reasoning for construction delays hold no merit.

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