Walt Disney World President Says They are ‘Ready to Work’ With State Takeover of Reedy Creek

Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle released a statement responding to the passing of the bill that will allow Florida to take over Reedy Creek Improvement District with a governor-appointed board.

Here is Vahle’s full statement:

For more than 50 years, the Reedy Creek Improvement District has operated at the highest standards, and we appreciate all that the District has done to help our destination grow and become one of the largest economic contributors and employers in the state. We are focused on the future and are ready to work within this new framework, and we will continue to innovate, inspire and bring joy to the millions of guests who come to Florida to visit Walt Disney World every year.

The bill will rename the district the Central Florida Tourism Oversight Board and consist of a board appointed only by the governor of Florida residents who cannot have worked in the theme park industry within three years. The district will no longer dissolve the district on June 1, 2023. Walt Disney World will also not lose their tax exemptions.

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8 thoughts on “Walt Disney World President Says They are ‘Ready to Work’ With State Takeover of Reedy Creek”

  1. The company may have lost a few really good cast members by a mistake made in May. Some loyal cast members had been working for silver passes for the next generation of their family and soon to be Disney fans to continue to visit in the parks in the future. These loyal hard-working cast had been earning the silver for 15plus years as part of their promised benefits. This should never be taken from any cast members ever especially when these passes were already earned. This is a breach of promises and has even affected relationships with their family members. Innocent hard working cast members were separated from their sole income for the wrong reasons. This needs to be stopped and those who lost the jobs last May should be compensated with the passes returned, the jobs returned, or a severance. Some of the cast members were their teams very best. Leadership should fix these huge mistakes that were made in these separations.

  2. This is awful. A politically-appointed board, with no theme park experience, working 24/7 to interfere with future projects and development on Disney’s owned property all because a Governor wants revenge for a corporation using their right to free speech. Insane. No way this is legal. As park fans we should be sounding the alarms. This is wrong. Why isn’t Disney taking this to court?


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