DeSantis points to Universal's Epic Universe as catalyst for Disney's future expansion in Florida

25 days ago in "Reedy Creek Improvement District"

Posted: Wednesday March 27, 2024 1:48pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In answering questions from reporters this afternoon, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis briefly commented on today's settlement agreement between Disney and The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District.

DeSantis repeated previous talking points that asserting state control over Reedy Creek and nullifying certain covenants are in Florida's best interests and that legal challenges against the state's actions have not succeeded.

DeSantis was notably softer in his language today and shifted the blame to Disney in Burbank, and away from Orlando. When asked how Disney would work with the new CFTOD, he said, "I think it would be good. This is moving beyond moving forward, I think that's what the company wants to do. And, you know, a lot of what happened with parents rights and education, some of that stuff was really driven by Burbank. It was not driven by Orlando, and I think we've always understood that."

Touching upon future development, DeSantis suggested that other entities like Universal, which is developing Epic Universe, could significantly impact the region and that "Disney can be a part of that."

Continuing to speak about Epic Universe, DeSantis said, "I think it's just going to be a huge game changer. It's bigger than their other two parks combined. I mean, like, imagine that footprint; that's pretty huge. And so, you know, I got to think that Disney would want to answer that to be able to kind of keep up with the competition.

The Governor even went as far as to suggest that Disney may build another park, saying, "I got to think Disney would have an interest and maybe, maybe offering another one. The district will be ready to negotiate something to be able to be good for the state of Florida be good for jobs and be good for all those things."

Full details of the settlement agreement between Disney and CFTOD can be seen here.

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flynnibus4 days ago

Looks to be moved

wdwmagic4 days ago

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

DCBaker4 days ago

The agenda outline for the next CFTOD meeting on Wednesday, April 24 is available at this link*: *Edited to update as the link was changed after posting (thanks @flynnibus!).

flyakite6 days ago

Batman'sParents9 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?

Dcgc2812 days ago

All good! I was going to be blown away lol

MR.Dis12 days ago

error, I edited the original post

mkt13 days ago

Here's the motion

mkt13 days ago

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

Dcgc2813 days ago

They objected the delay?

MR.Dis13 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.

mmascari18 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.

flynnibus18 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.