Severe Weather Risk for Central Florida on Thursday, April 11

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The Melbourne, Florida office of the National Weather Service is advising those in Central Florida to prepare for the risk of severe weather on Thursday, April 11, 2024. Risk of Severe Weather in Central Florida Per a post from NWS Melbourne on X (formerly Twitter), Central Florida can expect a slight risk of severe weather … Read more

Walt Disney World Dedicating Land to Support Affordable Housing in Florida

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Walt Disney World has announced that it will be dedicating a large acreage of land to support a new affordable housing community in Central Florida. Walt Disney World Supporting Affordable Housing in Florida In an update shared on Disney in Florida, the company shared that Walt Disney World would dedicate nearly 80 acres of land … Read more

Tornado Watch Issued for Walt Disney World Area, In Effect Through 9 p.m. Tonight

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A tornado watch has been issued for much of Central Florida by The National Weather Service, including Orange County, where Walt Disney World is located, ahead of expected severe weather this evening. Tornado Watch In Effect for Walt Disney World Area The watch is in effect from 1 p.m. until 9 p.m. EST on January … Read more

Universal Volcano Bay Closing Again This Weekend Due to Inclement Weather

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Universal Orlando Resort has announced that Universal Volcano Bay will be closed again for one day this weekend due to inclement weather in Central Florida. Volcano Bay Closing This Weekend Per an announcement on Universal Orlando’s official X account (formerly Twitter), Volcano Bay will be closed on Sunday, January 7. Check out the original post: … Read more

Brightline Launching Service Between Orlando International Airport and South Florida This Month

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After years of construction, Brightline will begin their train service between Orlando International Airport and South Florida destinations (Miami, Aventura, Fort Lauderdale, Boca Raton, West Palm Beach) on September 22, 2023, and booking is now available at gobrightline.com. Several deals and promotions are available now, including 25% off SMART fares for groups of 4 – … Read more

UPDATE: Tropical Storm Idalia Now Expected to Reach Florida as Category 4 Hurricane

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The Director of the Florida Division of Emergency Management, Kevin Guthrie, is expecting Tropical Storm Idalia to reach Florida as a Category 4 hurricane, and the National Hurricane Center’s most recent update reveals the storm is continuing to strengthen. Idalia Expected to Reach Category 4 Earlier this morning, August 28, the storm was thought to … Read more

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board Chair Says Disney ‘Still Holds Too Much Sway’

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In a letter to the editor at the Orlando Sentinel, Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board chairman Martin Garcia has said that Disney “still holds too much sway” in the District. Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board Chairman Pens Letter to the Editor Against Disney In the letter, Garcia mentions the recent vote on property … Read more

Judge Rules Disney Not Negligent in ‘Don’t Say Gay’ Bill Response, Governor DeSantis Requests Post-Presidential Election Lawsuit Court Date, and More: Daily Recap (6/28/23)

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We bring you a lot of stories every single day. Sometimes it’s hard to keep up. So in case you missed anything from our feed, we have rounded up all our stories in one place to get the news at a glance. Here is your Daily Recap for Wednesday, June 28, 2023. Walt Disney World Magic … Read more

Walt Disney Imagineering Files Zoning Request for Central Florida Affordable Housing Development

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Walt Disney Imagineering has filed a rezoning request for an almost 80-acre affordable housing development in Central Florida. Disney is contributing 78.67 acres of land west of State Road 429, near Walt Disney World and Flamingo Crossings Town Center. Disney chose The Michaels Organization to build, own, and operate the property, which will have between … Read more

Federal Judge in Disney-DeSantis Lawsuit Recuses Himself, New Arbiter Will Preside

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U.S. Magistrate Judge Martin Fitzpatrick has recused himself from the lawsuit Walt Disney Parks & Resorts filed Wednesday against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his personally-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board. Fitzpatrick stated he is related “in the third degree” to someone employed by one of the parties, and sought to avoid any potential … Read more

Board’s Lawyer Says Disney’s Reedy Creek Agreement is Illegal, ‘Caper Worthy of Scrooge McDuck’

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One of the lawyers for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District’s Board of Supervisors claims Disney’s deal with the previous Reedy Creek Improvement District board violates state law. During the board’s Wednesday meeting, they met with legal counsel, including David H. Thompson of Cooper & Kirk. Thompson said, “The bottom line is that Disney engaged … Read more

Orlando Records Show Work Moving Forward on Disney’s Lake Nona Campus

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City of Orlando records show that work is moving forward on The Walt Disney Company’s planned Lake Nona campus in Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal reports. The records indicate that a parcel master plan is being sought “for the development of an approximately 1.8 million-square-foot office complex with office and flex space within the Lake … Read more

PHOTOS, VIDEO: Tour The Game-Themed Great Escape Lakeside Estate in Central Florida

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Last week, WDWNT was invited to experience a massive 13-bedroom mansion in the Orlando area with a litany of games to enjoy and experience. Now we’re going to take you on a full tour of The Great Escape Lakeside! The mansion is located off its own access road, where a large wooden sign with the … Read more

Disney Employees Back Out of Home Purchases in Central Florida as Move From California is Delayed to 2026

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After The Walt Disney Company delayed moving Imagineers and other employees to Lake Nona from 2023 to 2026, many of those employees have now backed out of buying homes in Central Florida. Fox 35 spoke to some Central Florida realtors about the postponement, including Ken Pozek of Real Broker. “I was like, this is gonna … Read more

Walt Disney World and Brand USA Team Up to Draw More Tourists to Central Florida

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Walt Disney World has teamed up with Brand USA to work on drawing more tourists to America and specifically Central Florida, Orlando Business Journal reports. The companies will work together on a new marketing campaign targeting these twelve regions: United Kingdom Canada Latin America Australia New Zealand Spain France Germany Greater China Southeast Asia Japan … Read more

Walt Disney Imagineering Job Postings Indicate Relocation to Orlando Area Still Planned for 2024, Despite Conflicts With Florida Government

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Job postings for Walt Disney Imagineering indicate that the division’s move to Orlando, Florida is still planned to be completed by late 2024. Among the job postings is one for a New Experience Development Executive in Glendale, California. It notes that the “team will relocate to Orlando, Florida in late 2024.” Many Imagineers and other … Read more