Things could be changing at Disney World. Did you see the new Reedy Creek bill proposal? The President of Disney World has since responded.
State of Florida Vs Disney
The past several months has been seen turbulence between the state of Florida and The Walt Disney Company. Florida passed the Parental Rights in Education Law in 2022. 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The company has even gone so far to say that they would actively work to get the bill repealed, which caused DeSantis to retaliate in his own public speakings.
The tension between the company and the state continued worsen as state Republicans repealed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967.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.
However, a project like this takes time to restructure. Because of this HB 98 says that for a transitional period of no longer than 2 years from the date of this act, the district may continue doing business as usual to provide sufficient time for these changes.
Another significant detail is that the governor will appoint all 5 board members serving this district once the current board members terms expire. The bill also states that “members may not serve more than 3 consecutive terms. One of the board members, Donald R. Greer has been on the board since 1975.
To read about what will happen to the Reedy Creek District, click HERE.
Disney World President Releases Statement
Jeff Vahle, the President of Walt Disney World Resort released a statement regarding the Reedy Creek Improvement District. He stated, “We are monitoring the progression of the draft legislation, which is complex given the long history of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Disney works under a number of different models and jurisdictions around the world, and regardless of the outcome, we remain committed to providing the highest quality experience for the millions of guests who visit each year.”
…we remain committed to providing the highest quality experience for the millions of guests who visit each year.Jeff Vahle, President of Walt Disney World Resort
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Given the grow that Disney has brought to Central Florida, I think removing Reedy Creek is a bad deal. Without Disney’s presence I doubt that OIA would have grown, te convention center would have happened and many other developments that have occurred.
This is true it is not fair. I love Disney and am a DVC member and previously was an AP but due to high prices, extremely crowded parks and long lines let mine go. Out of state AP holders should be good for Disney as we only come about every 11 months but kept us from coming due to the distance. We don’t constantly pop in and out of the Parks. Lightening Lanes and Genie+ are quite expensive and don’t work nearly half as well as Fast Passes!
So am not sure what Vahle means about being committed to the highest quality experience.
But what is good for Disney should be so for Universal, Legoland etc
You apparently haven’t been reading all the statistics where Florida has outperformed most states in a variety of quality of life categories.
If Florida can F up a good thing, they will. Worst state government in the country.
The interesting part is there are numerous special districts across Florida. The Villages, I believe, is also a special district, albeit, not to the level of Disney. I wonder what legal precedent this could set.
This is only fair & levels the playing field for all theme parks. No other theme park gets to do what they want & be their own government.