Disney to develop a brand-new regional campus in Central Florida for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment including Walt Disney Imagineering

18 days ago in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Thursday July 15, 2021 5:16pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Disney Parks Chairman Josh D'Amaro has today announced that The Walt Disney Company is developing a new regional campus in Orlando that will serve as a Central Florida regional hub for the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products segment.

Located in Lake Nona, the new campus will complement Disney's operations in Southern California and its regional hub in the New York City area. Initially, the new campus will be home to more than 2000 Cast, Imagineers and employees. The relocation to Florida will take place over the next 18 months, and has been in the planning stages since 2019.

In a memo to staff, D'Amaro said, "While we are still determining exactly which of our team members will be based there, we expect that most Southern California-based DPEP professional roles that are not fully dedicated to the Disneyland Resort or, in some cases, the international parks business, will be asked to relocate to this new Florida campus."

He continued, "Expanding our already significant DPEP footprint in Florida makes sense. In addition to Florida's business-friendly climate, this new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational standpoint."

This announcement is a hugely significant development for Disney World, which will undoubtedly benefit from having Walt Disney Imagineering and others from the DPEP segment based in Central Florida. It is also a massive boost to the Central Florida economy with Disney strengthening its already heavy presence in the state.

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kpilcher1 day ago

My understanding is it will be purpose-built for Disney. And it will be designed with expansion in mind.

Magic Feather2 days ago

Random, but has it been established if Disney will be moving into existing offices in Lake Nona or if it will be in buildings not yet constructed?

EricsBiscuit3 days ago

Nowadays you can work for a company in any state or country from home. Free lance work is easier than ever with apps like Fiverr. There’s lot’s of money to be made.

Lilofan3 days ago

In Central FL, it is brand new or newish cookie clutter homes with little yard space or one that lives in older neighborhoods . It helps to be in a gated community to hopefully keep the riff raff out to also come equipped with clubhouse, pools, tennis courts , playgrounds . etc. A few years ago, brand new gated community 4-5 bedroom homes with Mediterranean style red roofs started popping up by MCO and Lake Nona right by the 417 toll road starting at $500K and up. It is good that a number of areas are fenced off also to prevent the gators from nearby bodies of water from making a surprise appearance but no guarantees. I've visited Corona Del Mar when family lived there. Beautiful area, no need for AC and incredible weather.

DonaldDoleWhip3 days ago

Having family in NY's Upper East Side (in a brownstone, no less) and living in South OC, I can't disagree with this at all. Will those new digs in Florida be as charming? Not guaranteed, but depending on the income level, it's very possible. Also, to be fair, there are plenty of dwellings in NYC and SoCal that completely lack charm, in addition to the other nuisances. I think if one can get past the weather, smaller restaurant scene, loss of scenery/architecture, and having to drive everywhere, quality of life could be a net increase.

Lil Copter Cap3 days ago

To be fair, most McDonalds are franchised and, as a result, do not follow the same base pay nationally. Orlando McDonalds starts at $11 near my neck of the woods. The cost of labor (not cost of living) in central Florida, at least, rules the wages and salaries. Having moved from NYC to Orlando, I still much prefer FL over NY as a place to live. I just wish a living salary wasn't so hard to come by...but the same could easily be said about NY.

skypilot29223 days ago

which encompasses the counties Suffolk (basically Long Island), Westchester and Nassau The Borough of NY consumes more resources than it produces, However the SMSA as a whole is a net gain to NY. which is why I said NYC is a black hole for resources, Heck under Dinkins it went bankrupt! and seems to be heading for bankruptcy once again under DiBlasio.

Lilofan4 days ago

Had family live in those hard wood floor apts in NYC. I thought horses lived upstairs from all the clackity clack noise throughout the day and night. How one can sleep living in an apt in NYC midtown is a miracle with traffic noise 24/7. Need about 10mg of melatonin to help. There is nothing like living in your own home ( doing your own laundry at home instead of going to laundromat) and no neighbors living above and below you like in an apt. The CA transplants relocating to FL will probably move into bigger digs compared to where they were living in Southern California.

MisterPenguin4 days ago

Ok... In 2012, the New York metropolitan area generated a gross metropolitan product (GMP) of over US$1.33 trillion with a population of 20.3 million people. The Combined Statistical Area produced a GMP of over US$1.55 trillion. Both are ranked first nationally by a wide margin and being roughly equivalent to the GDP of South Korea at less than half its population. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Economy_of_New_York_City

GimpYancIent4 days ago

It's not the salary it's the deductions for city / local, state (New York has not seen a tax it did not like) and federal taxes then there is the rent / mortgage. There are more costs to deduct from the remaining pittance. Yeah, many move at first opportunity money and financial security talk loudly.

skypilot29224 days ago

Actually the Suffolk, Nassau, Westchester and NYC generate the 70% of the state tax revenue, However NYC out of the big 4 uses more resources than it generates.

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UNCgolf4 days ago

I don't think calling New York City a black hole for resources is very accurate. It's responsible for most of the funding that pays for things everywhere else in New York state. I think NYC and the surrounding suburbs is responsible for like 80-90% of all tax revenue in the state.

skypilot29224 days ago

Have a colleague who just spent 1M on a 800 Sq Ft loft in Manhattan, for quality of life its nuts but as a investment well no one will ever do better in the market.