May 18, 2023

Disney scraps $867m Florida plan amid Ron DeSantis feud

The Walt Disney Company has scrapped a plan to invest nearly $1bn to build a new corporate campus in Florida, it announced. Disney and Florida have both sued each other in recent weeks. Plans for the Lake Nona campus included moving employees belonging to Disney Imagineering - the firm's secretive research and development arm focused on park design - from California to Florida. The "Changes" alluded to in Mr D'Amaro's email also including mounting tensions between Disney and Florida's government led by Mr DeSantis. The relationship between Disney and Florida - where it is the largest single-site employer - began deteriorating last year after Mr DeSantis condemned the company for opposing a same-sex education bill.

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