Reedy Creek has been dissolved and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District has taken over. A top Disney executive has released a statement.
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The company has even gone so far to say that they would actively work to get the bill repealed.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.
The tension between the company and the state continued worsen as state Republicans repealed the Reedy Creek Improvement Act of 1967.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.
Josh D’Amaro, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, released a statement regarding the new Central Florida Oversight District. This is what he said,
“The Reedy Creek Improvement District created and maintained the highest standards for the infrastructure for the Walt Disney World Resort. We are hopeful the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District will continue this excellent work and the new board will share our commitment to helping the local economy continue to flourish and support the ongoing growth of the resort and Florida’s tourism industry.”
We are hopeful the new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District will continue this excellent work and the new board will share our commitment to helping the local economy continue to flourish…Josh D’Amaro
Disney did not put up a fight with the state take over of the district. The first meeting of the board will be held tomorrow.
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