While packed Disney World Theme Parks are not what Guests may want to see, it is what Orange County wants to see.
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The Central Florida county is one of two in which the Walt Disney World Resort sits, and it imposes a Tourist Development Tax, which, according to the Orlando Sentinel, is “a 6.5% levy on all hotel rooms and short-term rental nights in the county.”
That tax includes Disney World hotels and other off-property rental properties used by Guests for their Disney vacations. The crowds at Magic Kingdom Park, EPCOT, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom in December and January were enough to show that folks were still willing to travel despite Covid concerns. But the latest tax revenue numbers make it clear.
The Sentinel reported,
The county collected $22.4 million in January, comptroller Phil Diamond said. While a decrease from December’s record-high totals, the figure was a 189% increase from last January when the county was also in the midst of an infection spike.
The profits from the county’s tax collection will go to publicly owned and operated venues like the Orange Convention Center and Camping World Stadium.
Meanwhile, The Walt Disney World Resort continues to see capacity numbers hitting or nearing full allowed capacity, and Park hours being expended to compensate. As we get closer to Spring Break, it will be interesting to see how much revenue the demand for Disney Magic will continue to bring to the Orange County area this year.
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