Disney v DeSantis Battle Heads to the White House

Ron DeSantis Speaking
Credit: ABC

Picture it… the President of the United States sits down in the Oval Office. He pulls out his pen and prepares to sign an executive order banning Dole Whip at Disney theme parks.


Credit: Disney


But the 2016 election of Donald Trump taught America (and the world) that anything can happen.

DeSantis 2024

Hall of Presidents

Credit: Disney

Today, Ron DeSantis, the current Governor of Florida, has filed paperwork to officially enter his run for the White House in 2024. Many people have speculated if and when the announcement would happen. And the answer is yes, it is happening today (or happened today, depending on when you read this).

RELATED:: Judge Stalls Disney v DeSantis Case

As of May 24, 2023, Governor Ron DeSantis officially entered the race for President of the United States.

The Florida governor has spent the past year throwing himself into a pop culture war with Disney. Although neither he nor the Walt Disney Company may benefit from the battle, both have dug their heels in and continued the fight for over a year.

bob iger

Credit: Disney

One wonders if Ron DeSantis’ popularity among conservatives would be as strong had he not taken action against “woke” culture in Florida and within Disney.

What Does This Mean for Disney?

Many Disney fans who have had little care about politics as of late have found themselves forced to pick a side between Disney World and the Florida government. Oddly enough, the Walt Disney Company and its CEO, Bob Iger, never seemed interested in getting involved in political or public relations fights in the past. For example, during the 2016 (and 2020 election), there were many opportunities for Disney or its leaders to make political statements and take public stances. However, that didn’t seem to happen–at least not to the level of the DeSantis conflict.

RELATED: Major New Twist in Disney vs. DeSantis Saga

That being said, Ron DeSantis running for president may be the saving grace Disney needs to get the governor off their back. Ron DeSantis may not have time to go after the Walt Disney Company if he is too busy touring states, attending primary debates, and fighting with former President Donald Trump (and current President Joe Biden).

RELATED: New Bill Makes Way for DeSantis 2024

However, once the 2024 election is over, Disney may find itself in a worse position. They could be dealing with a sitting U.S. president they’ve previously waged war with or a bitter governor who may blame his failed candidacy on their fight with him.


Credit: Disney

Bob Iger 2024?

Again, if 2016 taught us anything, it’s that the unpredictable could happen. There have been rumors for years that Disney CEO Bob Iger has political ambitions. Although there hasn’t been much talk of him throwing his hat in the ring for the current presidential race, it is still over a year away. And if Iger shows no interest in 2024, there is also 2028.

Imagine a presidential debate (potentially hosted by ABC) where the two candidates are Ron DeSantis (R) and Bob Iger (D). Wouldn’t that be interesting?Stranger things have happened…

RELATED: DeSantis Has Interesting Response to Disney’s Big Florida Exit

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)