Disney to take videotaped deposition of DeSantis' CFTOD CEO Glen Gilzean as part of state lawsuit

Feb 21, 2024 in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday February 21, 2024 7:50pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney has filed notice that it will take a videotaped deposition of Glen Gilzean, the CEO of Ron DeSantis' Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

The deposition will take place on April 9, 2024, at the offices of O'Melveny & Myers LLP in Los Angeles, California.

The notice filed by Disney states that the deposition will take place under oath, for the purpose of discovery or other purposes, including trial.

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District filed its lawsuit in the 9th Judicial Circuit Orange County against Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in May 2023.

The 188-page lawsuit says that "in an effort to stymie Florida's elected representatives, Disney covertly cobbled together a series of eleventh- hour deals with its soon-to-be-replaced puppet government."

The suit continues, "Disney hoped to tie the hands of the new, independent Board and to preserve Disney's special status as its own government in the District for at least the next thirty years. These agreements reek of a backroom deal—drafted by Disney with the acquiescence a lawyer who represented both Disney and the District, set for hearing without proper notice, and hustled through a compliant Disney-controlled Board that Disney knew would not dwell long on the issue. But perhaps out of haste or arrogance, Disney's deals violate basic principles of Florida constitutional, statutory, and common law. As a result, they are null and void—not even worth the paper they were printed on."

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wdwmagic50 minutes ago

Amazing, there is actually some real business on the agenda for a change.

DCBaker53 minutes ago

The agenda outline for the next CFTOD meeting on Wednesday, April 24 is available at this link: https://www.oversightdistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2024/04/BOS-Meeting-04-24-24-Agenda-Outline-Final.pdf

flyakite2 days ago

Batman'sParents5 days ago

Was curious about this: Is there an expectation that CFTOD will delegate some responsibilities to the cities as part of the understanding between the state and Disney?

Dcgc287 days ago

All good! I was going to be blown away lol

MR.Dis8 days ago

error, I edited the original post

mkt8 days ago

Here's the motion

mkt8 days ago

what's the new case number? Disregard, found it. 24-10342-H

Dcgc288 days ago

They objected the delay?

MR.Dis8 days ago

Federal Judge officially granted a 60 day delay on the Federal Case. Disney requested so a new developement agreement could be negotiated, the CFTOD did not object.

mmascari13 days ago

Same formality as completing the new agreement. They clearly think everyone will work in good faith and get an acceptable resolution. One where not having representation in the CFTOD board is ok.

flynnibus13 days ago

Sounds like walking away from the Federal case is only a matter of formality at this point... or the roof caving in. Those aren't the words of someone cautiously optimistic for an outcome... those are the words of someone who already knows the game plan and they aren't holdiing a gun to anyone.

flynnibus14 days ago

So sue 'em :)