Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at Walt Disney World signs bill to end Disney's self-governing status signaling the end of Reedy Creek

Feb 27, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Monday February 27, 2023 10:00am ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is in Disney's own backyard at Walt Disney World to bring sweeping changes to Disney's self-governing status and Reedy Creek Improvement District.

The bill that DeSantis has signed today replaces the governing body's board with five members appointed by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis. In addition, the Reedy Creek Improvement District will be renamed "Central Florida Tourism Oversight District." Disney will be responsible for paying hundreds of millions in outstanding Reedy Creek debt.

The creation of the Reedy Creek Improvement District in 1967 allowed Disney the luxury of establishing its own independent government that handles many aspects of the Walt Disney World property, including emergency services, infrastructure, and construction permitting.

The action by DeSantis comes in retaliation to Disney's public opposition to the Parental Bill of Right law, which took place under ex-Disney CEO Bob Chapek. Speaking today, DeSantis said that Disney's opposition to the Parents Bill of Rights bill was a "mild annoyance," but that the state of Florida will no longer be "joined at the hip with one California-based company."

Today's press conference, held at Reedy Creek Fire Station 4 near Disney Springs, featured chosen speakers to rant against Disney in a political rally-style atmosphere. Topics included vaccination misinformation, Disney's mask requirements, park reservations, and Disney's support of LGBTQIA+.

In signing the bill, DeSantis said, "the corporate kingdom finally came to an end." Following the signing, the Governor said he wants "Disney to be what Walt envisioned."

You can watch the press conference below.

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lazyboy97o3 hours ago

No. This is a true expression of ideas.

LAKid534 hours ago

Bills can become law in Florida without the governor's signature, in certain circumstances.

mikejs784 hours ago

Only for appropriations bills.... Not that that matters in this case....

mkt4 hours ago

I wonder... if Disney were to suddenly continue political contributions in Florida, could the CFTOD magically disappear?

DocAlan024 hours ago

I think you guys are misunderstanding the original comment. I think he was saying that in order for it to become a law, the governor would have to sign it, which he clearly isn't going to do.

LAKid534 hours ago

The GOP has a supermajority in the Florida Legislature.

LAKid534 hours ago

I vote we rotate session between Orlando, Tampa, Miami and Jax. Give Tally a break. Better yet, Gainesville gets it for the next decade. That's what they get for spitting.... 😉

LAKid534 hours ago

Nope, he could and would veto it. The Florida governor has line item veto power.

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LAKid534 hours ago

Session next year is going to be fun.... 🙄

ToTBellHop5 hours ago

mf19726 hours ago

passing this bill with a bunch of desantis allies in the house…

JohnD7 hours ago

Why? The Governor has the power of veto.

Disstevefan17 hours ago