Tag Archives: Orange County

Just How Low Were the Disney World Crowds in 2023? We’re Finding Out

Disney World 2023 attendance figures are down

It’s hard to fully gauge Disney Parks’ attendance year over year. Outside of Disneyland Paris, a Disney partnership with the government of France, the Walt Disney Company does not release attendance figures or earnings for each park but instead releases overall earnings for all parks. For Walt Disney World in Central Florida, you must read the tea leaves and subtle ...

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Shut Out of Florida Politics, Disney Turns to California, But Anaheim Wants Them Out

Orange County takes on Disney's campaign contributions

Shortly after former Disney CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act, known by its critics as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, The Walt Disney Company decided to cut all campaign contributions to Florida politicians. Both of those decisions made Florida Governor Ron DeSantis respond to Disney by stripping it of the Reedy Creek Improvement District ...

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Orlando Tourism Is Facing a Concerning Trend

Orlando tourism tax dollars

Central Florida wasn’t a prime vacation location before Walt Disney World came along. Since the Park’s opening in 1971, Orlando has become a crucial tourist destination for the sunshine state. Tourism has been a significant revenue source ever since, particularly in Orange County. However, a concerning trend has sprouted near the Magic Kingdom. Guests have noticed that Disney World attendance ...

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Orange County Mayor Responds to Lake Nona Cancellation

Disney's Lake Nona Cancelation Has a Ripple Effect in the Surrounding Area

The Lake Nona campus cancellation has made major headlines since its announcement yesterday. After a tumultuous few months of the Walt Disney Company and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’s back and forth, it seems apparent that Disney is making good on its promise that there will be real economic consequences for the Sunshine State if the company and Disney Resort’s ability ...

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Disney Resort’s Closest Airport Named “America’s Scariest”

John Wayne Airport

Imagine: you just had the most magical Disney vacation yet! The fireworks were perfect. You secured every virtual queue and Individual Lightning Lane you wanted, and even the churros tasted better than last time. You board the flight home and endure one of the fastest and steepest takeoffs in the world. Turns out, that is the experience of every Disneyland ...

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Central Florida Not Giving Up on Disney Springs Train Station?

Brightline Orlando

Over this past week, it appeared to become clear that the dream of having a station for Brightline’s high-speed passenger rail system at Disney Spring was not going to come true. But there are still some with a say in Central Florida’s future that are not ready to throw that dream away just yet, or at least are not ready ...

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Brightline Confirms Cancellation of Disney Springs Station

Train to Disney World

Florida’s private high-speed passenger rail line, Brightline, has confirmed that it will no longer build a station on Disney World property as it expands from Orlando International Airport (MCO) to Tampa. After a Disney spokesperson made the announcement that a Disney Springs station was no longer in the plans via Orlando Business Journal, Brightline’s Senior Vice President of Corporate Affairs, Ben ...

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New $1 Billion Proposal Connects Brightline to Disney World AND Universal

Train to Disney World

A proposal has been brought forward that could finally settle the ongoing disputes regarding Brightline‘s extension from Orlando International Airport to The Walt Disney World Resort. According to local Orlando reporter Greg Fox (@GregFoxWESH), “The Sunrail Board meeting just revealed that a proposal for the “Sunshine Corridor” could deliver a Brightline train route from @MCO to I-Drive and @UniversalORL then ...

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Disney Is Building An Affordable Housing Development

disney world housing development

Disney is back into real estate! The Disney Parks Blog has revealed that “Walt Disney World is earmarking nearly 80 acres of our land for a new affordable housing development” within Central Florida. Apparently “this initiative has been in the works for a while”! “We are invested in working together with our community to solve complex issues,” Jeff Vahle, the ...

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Nasty Storms Headed for Disney World, Tornado Watch in Effect

Thunderstorm Disney World

It looks like the Walt Disney World Resort will spend its Saturday getting hit by a severe thunderstorm. According to WESH2, a massive weather band is making its way across the whole of Florida, including Disney World and the rest of Central Florida. Here's the wide perspective… — Eric Burris (@EricBurrisWESH) March 12, 2022 With this band comes thunderstorms ...

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