Feb 28, 2023

Ron DeSantis tightens his control over Walt Disney World

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis warned people to "Buckle up" as he signed a bill giving the state control over Disney's sprawling Orlando theme parks. The bill strips power uniquely held by Disney for over 50 years and enables more oversight by Mr DeSantis' Republican-led legislature. "Today, the corporate kingdom finally comes to an end," he said on Monday at a bill signing ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near Walt Disney World. For more than 50 years, the sprawling Walt Disney World territory operated within Florida's Reedy Creek Improvement District and essentially acted as a self-governing area, with control of utilities and a fire department. DeSantis responded to the opposition by calling on lawmakers to strip Disney of its special governing power.

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