Governor Newsom Calls Disney Canceling Florida Move a Win for California

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Governor Newsom Calls Disney Canceling Florida Move a Win for California

Today Disney announced that the plans to move Imagineering to Florida have been canceled. Some consider this a win for California. Specifically, California Governor Gavin Newsom.

Related – Disney has officially canceled plans to move Walt Disney Imagineering to Lake Nona Florida


Disney has had plans to move Walt Disney Imagineering to Lake Nona, Florida. Those plans have continually been pushed back and now have been canceled all together.

California Governor Newsom has issued a statement regarding the change and is looking forward to more than 2,000 jobs staying in California.


“Authoritarian policies have consequences,” said Newsom. “This announcement is a victory for California, and the tens of thousands of Disney employees who know they can live in a state where they are respected and safe. Disney has invested billions of dollars in California, and we look forward to their increased investment and growth in our state.”

The decision to cancel the Lake Nona project came as a surprise to some. Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Josh D’Amaro emailed cast members with the announcement:

“I wanted to let you know that we’ve just begun communication regarding our updated plans for the Lake Nona campus As many of you know, the company had decided to build a new Disney campus in Lake Nona, and many Cast Members, Imagineers. and Employees were asked to commit to making a move to Florida.

While some were excited about the new campus, I know that this decision and the circumstances surrounding it have been difficult for others. Given the considerable changes that have occurred since the announcement of this project, including new leadership and changing business conditions, we have decided not to move forward with the construction of the campus.

This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one. As a result, we will no longer be asking our employees to relocate For those who have already moved, we will talk to you individually about your situation, including the possibility of moving you back.

It is clear to me that the power of this brand comes from our incredible people, and we are committed to handling this change with care and compassion. I remain optimistic about the
direction of our Walt Disney World business We have plans to invest $17 billion and create
13,000 jobs over the next ten years. I hope we’re able to do so.

We are committed to our teams who call Central Florida home and to all of our Cast Members around the world, and I want to thank you for your continued dedication to Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products and for delivering world-class entertainment for our Guests.”

This announcement comes as Disney is involved in lawsuits with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

What do you think of this change of plans for Walt Disney Imagineering?



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