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Is the State of Florida Trying to Make Amends With The Walt Disney Company?

In 1967, a handful of years before Walt Disney World opened, Disney worked with the local Florida legislature to file the Reedy Creek Improvement Act.

This act allows Walt Disney World to self-govern its district, giving the company control over safety procedures, construction guidelines, and taxes.

Essentially, thanks to the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, Walt Disney World is a self-governing county of its own and doesn’t need to adhere to any conflicting Florida laws or regulations. Not only that but Walt Disney World also doesn’t operate at the cost of Florida residents due to this act.

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However, amidst the controversy regarding the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, Florida’s governor Ron DeSantis retaliated against the Walt Disney Company by announcing state plans to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement Act, taking away Walt Disney World’s self-governing power.

Disney fans and Florida residents alike are concerned about what this would mean for Walt Disney World, local Florida residents, and Guests who want to visit.

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During Bob Iger’s recent town hall meeting for Disney employees, he gave an incredibly vague answer regarding the situation, saying he needed “to get up to speed on Reedy Creek.” He also said he was sorry to see the Walt Disney Company “dragged into” the situation.

Florida Governor DeSantis retaliated, saying,

We didn’t drag them in […] they went in on their own and not only opposed the bill, they threatened to get it repealed. These are parents’ rights, important policies in our state that are very popular, and so they brought this on themselves. All we did was stand up for what’s right. And yes, they’re a big powerful company, but you know what, we stand up for our folks and I don’t care what a Burbank-based California company says about our laws.

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However, a new report from Financial Times suggests that the two powers may come to a compromise soon, all thanks to Bob Iger’s return.

The article reports that Florida lawmakers “are working on a compromise that would allow Disney to keep the arrangement largely in place with a few modifications. Some believe the return of Bob Iger as CEO last month will help pave the way for a resolution, according to people briefed on the plan.”

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What will come next of the Reedy Creek Improvement Act? Only time will tell. DisneyTips will keep readers updated on the latest Disney news as the situation progresses.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.