Two new Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) road signs have been installed near the bounds of Walt Disney World Resort. This is the first CFTOD signage we’ve seen since the District was established a year ago, although they unveiled a logo last summer.
Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Road Signs
This first sign is visible on I-4 eastbound before the Celebration and World Drive exit that leads to Walt Disney World. It’s a standard green road sign.
CFTOD is the new version of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, which was established by The Walt Disney Company and the state of Florida in 1967 as a means of building Walt Disney World Resort. The District was renamed in 2023 when Governor Ron DeSantis, in retaliation for Disney speaking out against Florida’s Parental Rights in Education law, took over the District and established his own board.
The second new road sign is on State Road 429 south before the Flamingo Crossings and Western Way exit.
In April 2023, after the District Board attempted to overturn development agreements Disney made with Reedy Creek before it was taken over, Disney filed a federal lawsuit against the new District and Governor DeSantis. The District then sued Disney in Florida and Disney has filed a countersuit. Read the latest lawsuit update.
A bill to restore Reedy Creek’s former board and name recently passed an Orange County delegation and was filed in the Florida Senate by Senator Linda Stewart. Stewart hopes to, if not get the bill signed into law, get people talking about the issues surrounding CFTOD, including reports of a “toxic” workplace and dozens of employees quitting. Stewart is also looking into other ways to overturn the law that created CFTOD.