Walt Disney scraps plan to move thousands of workers to new Florida campus

Walt Disney scraps plan to move thousands of workers to new Florida campus

Walt Disney has deserted plans to relocate hundreds of California-based workers to a brand new campus in central Florida, in keeping with an inside memo, at a time when disputes between the corporate and the state have spilled into the courts.

The leisure group will not convey 2,000 employees to Lake Nona, on the southern outskirts of Orlando and about 30km east of Walt Disney World, the place it was constructing a 1.8mn square-foot campus set to open in 2026.

“Given the appreciable adjustments which have occurred for the reason that announcement of this undertaking, together with new management and altering enterprise situations, now we have determined to not transfer ahead with development of the campus,” Josh D’Amaro, head of Disney’s parks, stated in an electronic mail to workers on Thursday.

Former Disney chief govt Bob Chapek got here up with the concept for the $900mn campus, and the relocation would have allowed the corporate to obtain a whole lot of tens of millions of {dollars} in tax breaks.

D’Amaro stated the corporate nonetheless plans to speculate $17bn in Florida and “create 13,000 jobs over the following ten years”.

The memo appeared to nod on the dispute between Disney and Florida governor Ron DeSantis, which started final yr when Chapek stated he opposed Florida’s Parental Rights in Schooling regulation, a controversial piece of laws described because the “Don’t Say Homosexual” invoice by its opponents.

“Whereas some have been excited concerning the new campus, I do know that this resolution and the circumstances surrounding it have been troublesome for others,” stated D’Amaro.

The corporate and the state are in a authorized battle over DeSantis’s takeover of the Disney’s particular tax district within the space, previously generally known as the Reedy Creek Enchancment District.

Disney, which reinstated former chief govt Bob Iger on the finish of 2022 after losses piled up in its streaming enterprise, is partway by means of its plan to chop 7,000 workers throughout the corporate.

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