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NEW: DeSantis makes shocking statements about “woke” Disney

NEW: DeSantis makes shocking statements about “woke” Disney

The Reedy Creek Improvement District is no more. Read DeSantis’ shocking statements from the press conference here.

Takeover

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The past several months has been turbulent 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The company has even gone so far to say that they would actively work to get the bill repealed. This caused DeSantis to retaliate in his own public speakings.

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The tension between the company and the state continued worsen as state Republicans repealed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967.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. The law passed just a few weeks ago.

You can read Jeff Vahle’s, the President of Disney World, statement HERE.

Conference

Credit: Jamie F

The governor of Florida, Ron DeSantis, spoke at a conference this morning, February 27. He made many statements at the Reedy Creek Fire Department before officially singing the bill into law.

He started off with statements about how this takeover is in response to Disney opposing the Parental Rights in Education bill. He emphasized there’s “a new sheriff in town” and “the corporate kingdom will come to an end.” The values Disney promotes are not the ones the state wants to promote, according to DeSantis.

Instead, the state wants to promote “the safety of students and rights of parents” in addition to Disney being treated the same as other theme parks in the state of Florida.

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The Reedy Creek Improvement District will be renamed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, but Disney can keep the RCID name for two more years. The district itself will NOT be resolved on June 1, 2023 as previously planned. Instead, it will continue under the new name and rules.

Disney will be responsible for paying hundreds of millions in outstanding debt.

DeSantis also appointed members to run this governing board. “They’ve got a lot of work to do. You’ve got to ensure the debt is paid.” The first board meeting is scheduled for next week, and one of the big goals is to ensure first responders receive more pay.

Next, a representative of the Reedy Creek First Responder union spoke out about the disregard for the 200+ first responders who support the district. You can read more about the struggles first responders experience HERE.

Credit: Disney Parks Blog

Then, a woman who claims to no longer trust Disney spoke about her experience “divorcing” the theme park giant. She shares that Disney pushing a “woke ideology” led her to no longer wanting to support Disney.

DeSantis then spoke out about the mandates Disney implemented throughout 2020 and 2021 which led to the state passing many protections for employees. “Who puts a mask on a 3 year old kid as they are riding rides? Who does that?! I’m happy we could stand up for some of the madness.”

Credit: Disney Cast and Community official Facebook Page

Following DeSantis, a Cast Member and union leader spoke out about how thankful he was for DeSantis stepping up and protecting employees. “I tried to understand Disney was in a complicated situation…many Cast Members were coerced and forced into vaccines which led to injuries and deaths…at the brink the governor stepped in and stopped the mandates.”

Disney is the leading entertainer for children around the world…but Disney has caved to the activists and embraced it [woke ideology].

Union representative and Cast Member

Signed into law

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“I’m going to put my John Hancock on this piece of legislation. Just look at your watch and you’ll know when this corporate kingdom came to an end.” He then sat down, opened the book, and signed the legislation. He then held it up for the audience as everyone cheered and clapped.

Just look at your watch and you’ll know when this corporate kingdom came to an end.

Ron DeSantis

DeSantis was then presented with an axe that was part of the RCID special operations department for many year. Finally, DeSantis answered questions from the audience. He reassured everyone that this would be hugely beneficial for taxpayers. “What’s good for SeaWorld is good for Disney, and that’s the way it’s gotta be.”

D23 Walt
Credit: Marisol

I want to see Disney be what Walt envisioned. But, when you lose your way you have to have people to tell you the truth.

Ron DeSantis

What do you think of Florida’s takeover of Disney World? Do you agree or disagree with his comments? Let us know in the comments below and share this post with a friend.


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Kenneth Boles

Sunday 16th of July 2023

I wish Walt Disney were here to comment. I am relatively certain that he would be mortified at what Disney now supports. DeSantis is returning Disney to the foundational principles that Walt Disney built it upon.

Denise

Sunday 16th of July 2023

What sense in stopping a child wearing a mask, only to gag them from talking about their identity in the classroom!

Felipe

Saturday 15th of July 2023

Coming in here, it takes a lot to write this down. But after reading I feel I HAVE to express myself. First of all, Desantis is WRONG for picking a fight with one of the largest companies in the world. And being honest Disney is also wrong for picking a fight with Desantis. However I do not agree with any of the laws he passed and the fact of the don’t say gay bill being passed, I’m disappointed with this state and all that it’s agreeing towards. Disney is trying to portray more representation AS THEY SHOULD. And remember before you judge others, you have to judge yourself. I’m a 21 year old gay man who is scared to come out simply because no one in this state makes me feel safe. Desantis is simply trying to stay relevant enough to run for government and reach enough people to vote for him. With Disney, Walt’s dreams and hopes still referent today, but not in the way you would have seen it if we were back in the 40’s or the 50’s so please remember that with the times changing, so do other things as well. Walt grew up in a predominantly conservative time and now we’re in oh wait, 2023, a 100 years later and things have changed. The world has changed. We have to remember that we’re not the only ones. As of cast members, you have to remember that around 50% of cast member are part of the community. And I remember that many can’t even properly be out so that they don’t offend guests. If you had a bad experience with a cast member, simply talk to guest services and let them know, that way the issue can be properly handled and resolved. The future is unknown and many things are changing. But we have to be more tolerant and ADAPT, otherwise old ways WILL go extinct.

Tom Phelps

Saturday 15th of July 2023

Desantis is just a power made decorator like Putin his leader and Napoleon they just want to screw up the works that has work for 50 years and in the end will cost all the tax payers in Florida hundreds of millions of dollars that Disney would have paid to maintain the property, now that he had given Disney a present by taking over reedy creek and the cost to run it watch the states taxes triple to what California and New York are paying and a mass exist of people to leave the state because property values will fall and be worth only a fraction of what the people paid for it , so you can see it in his presidential race for the white house that he is loosing more ground to trump than anyone else and his supporters are starting to distance themselves from Desantis

Wendy

Tuesday 27th of June 2023

Florida citizens will suffer with Disney's departure, lost jobs and private businesses will fail This guy doesn't care about Floridians

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