Disney Responds to Florida’s Reedy Creek Takeover Bill

Disney Responds Reedy Creek Takeover

Florida’s State Government has officially filed a Bill in the House of Representatives during a special session of the Florida Legislature aimed at stripping The Walt Disney Company of its autonomy in the vast tract of land known as the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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For over 55 years, the special district in Central Florida has stood under Disney’s direct ownership governed by a Board of Supervisors that are essentially handpicked by the Mouse House itself. Now, Florida lawmakers have brought forward a plan that would keep the district intact but remove Disney’s ability to choose its own governing body.

The Reedy Creek Improvement District most famously houses The Walt Disney World Resort, and Disney’s autonomy over the area twice the size of Manhattan Island has been argued as the reason for its ability to produce the innovation and execute the impressive display of urban planning Guests see every day.

Reedy Creek Improvement District Map

So, with Disney’s surrogate supervisors potentially out of power, what is going to happen to Disney World?

Walt Disney World Resort President Jeff Vahle released a statement today, saying,

“We are monitoring the progression of the draft legislation, which is complex given the long history of the Reedy Creek Improvement District. Disney works under a number of different models and jurisdictions around the world, and regardless of the outcome, we remain committed to providing the highest quality experience for the millions of guests who visit each year.”

It should be mentioned that the bill to end the little Disney government was only filed today. Official deliberation and voting will occur in the House of Representatives first. If it is passed, it will move to the State Senate for further deliberation and voting. Only after the bill passes both Houses will the Florida Governor have the chance to sign it into law.

Jeff Vahle, President, Walt Disney World Resort

Credit: Disney

The bill is 189 pages long in its current form, and you can read it here.

Many speculate that Disney will attempt to fight the state takeover, as landowner rights are arguably being breached. However, Disney is still watching and waiting to see what happens, as are we.

We at Disney Fanatic will keep our readers update on this story as more details continue to come to light.

About T.K. Bosacki

Born and raised in Tampa, Florida, TK Bosacki is a professional writer, amateur adventurer, and lifelong Disney Fanatic. His Disney Park days include Space Mountain, Tower of Terror, Kilimanjaro Safaris, and Nomad Lounge. He believes in starting at the Canada pavilion (IYKYK), and the Monorail is superior to all Ferry Boats.

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