But that would be considerably unlikely. And if Florida goes ahead with what they are already planning to do to punish, make no mistake, it's punishment, Disney, they will do it again. Snaith also said he believes Disney's statement that it plans to create 2,000 jobs on its planned Lake Nona campus is a low estimate, and that the eventual number will be much higher, given the enormous size of the future campus. Josh D'Amaro, president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, said this long period is meant to give employees more flexibility when moving.
When you think about visiting Florida, you can't help but think about visiting Disney and other theme parks as well. So, could the tax breaks Disney is preparing to receive while building the Lake Nona campus be in jeopardy? What about other bills being considered by the Florida Legislature that include benefits for the entertainment giant? Located approximately 18 miles from Disney World, the Lake Nona campus will mark the newest location for Disney employees. He had worked for Disney in California for years but said he didn't feel comfortable moving to Florida after the new law passed. Fine described his bill as one to eliminate the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a 50-year special statute that allows Disney to govern itself, exempt from the laws faced by regular Floridians and their competitors.
Following Disney's response, several Florida legislators began meeting to discuss the repeal of the Reedy Creek Act of 1967.The new Florida facility will be located near Orlando International Airport, about 20 miles southeast of the Walt Disney World resort. Some Disney employees have echoed Governor Newsom's request to cancel relocation to Florida in light of legislation. Disney may be considering returning to a state with a different political climate, but the company has not made any statement indicating this. James Clark, a political analyst and senior professor in the history department at the University of Central Florida, said he doesn't think Disney will capitulate, but they can use his army of 38 lobbyists in Florida to calmly craft a compromise, which is probably already underway.