Final Chapters of DeSantis vs Disney World Coming Up Soon?

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More discussions involving Walt Disney World losing its self-governing status could well be happening sooner rather than later.

The Reedy Creek issue has been one that has been long discussed. From its birth during Disney’s involvement (or intervention, depending on whom you ask) in Florida’s Parental Rights in Education legislation (referred to by many who oppose it as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill) to now the discussion of revoking the special status of Reedy Creek.

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As Disney Fanatics would know, the battle has been extended, arduous, and extensively covered, and now we might have a new update on the proceedings.

As reported by the Orlando Sentinel, Governor Ron DeSantis is anticipating a special session next week to “consider the proposed state takeover of Disney World’s Reedy Creek Improvement District,” per a spokesman’s comment late Tuesday.

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Orlando Sentinel reported that Bryan Griffin, the governor’s press secretary, confirmed: “the governor’s office anticipates a special session next week on Reedy Creek and other items.” Per the article, there is presently no confirmation on what the other items would be, and the session is expected, but there is currently no time confirmed.

After the “Don’t Say Gay” debacle of last year, the Florida governor moved to dissolve Reedy Creek. DeSantis spokeswoman Taryn Fenske further clarified at the time that “Disney will no longer control its own government, will live under the same laws as everyone else, will be responsible for their outstanding debts, and will pay their fair share of taxes.”

Fenske also mentioned the state-controlled board would also allow for the protection of Orange County residents and would protect them from having taxes raised using this issue as a pretext.

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The report also confirmed that no bill concerning Reedy Creek had been filled as of Tuesday night.

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About Priyanka Kumar

Priyanka is a writer, artist, avid reader, and travel enthusiast based in Chicago. In her free time, she is probably walking by the lake, catching up on the latest releases on TV, or spending inordinate amounts of time rewatching Moana, Encanto, and her Disney Channel life-long favorites Zack and Cody wreak havoc on the Tipton.

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