Florida and Disney

Disney CEO Bob Chapek is at the center of a feud over the Parental Rights in Education Act with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (Provided by Disney via Getty)

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The Florida House of Representatives voted to dissolve Walt Disney World of its self governing status, which might significantly impact Disney World’s finances. The Florida SB4 bill dissolves the Reedy Creek Improvement District (the Disney government in Florida) which covers over 27,000 acres by June 2023 reports CBS News. In Florida Disney employs 60,000 workers. Washington Post columnist Dana Milbank urged Disney to move their theme park out of Florida.

Earlier this year Disney CEO Bob Chapek stated that Disney would work to repeal Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Act (PREA) HB 1557. This law bans classroom discussion of gender identity until the third grade and limits gender identity discussion for older students. In response to the PREA, Chapek stated that Disney will pledge $5 million to LGBTQ+ organizations, sign the Human Rights Campaign’s statement opposing the PREA, and stop political donations in Florida reports Dave Berman of USA Today. In 2020 Disney contributed $5 million to Florida political candidates.

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has accused Disney of interfering with the democratic process. “You’re a corporation based in Burbank, California, and you’re gonna marshal your economic might to attack the parents of my state. We view that as a provocation, and we’re going to fight back against that,” stated DeSantis.