Today Ron DeSantis and Agriculture Commissioner Wilton Simpson held a press conference at the Reedy Creek Administration Building. The main point of the meeting was to address their next moves to retaliate against Disney and discuss various potential changes coming to Walt Disney World.
In this conference, DeSantis claimed the “11th-hour” developer agreement that Reedy Creek Improvement District created was filled with legal infirmities, which led to them doing everything they can to void what was passed in those “secret deals” before the new board took over. According to the governor, this will ensure that Disney will have to live under the same laws as everyone else. While on this topic, the Governor stated that he intends to examine the land within the Reedy Creek District for public use. He said it could be used for state parks, additional theme parks, or even a state prison.
After DeSantis spoke, he invited the Florida Commissioner of Agriculture to speak. Simpson said, “This legislation will allow my department to conduct inspections when someone is seriously injured on an amusement ride. Thankfully it doesn’t happen that often in Florida, but when it does, we have the right to inspect and decide when it can safely reopen.”
Another statement made during the press conference was – “I have news for the woke administration of Disney – this is not California – this is the free state of Florida, and in Florida, you don’t get to indoctrinate our kids or write your own rules.” Toward the end of the conference, one of the speakers said, “Disney, you are not going to win this fight. This governor will,” and then proceeded to tell Disney to “Let it Go.”
Ron DeSantis made it clear during the Q&A portion of the press conference that they will not be imposing these safety regulations on other parks – only ones located in special districts.
The new board will meet Wednesday and further discuss what was said in today’s press conference and decide what their next moves will be. Of course, we will update you on what comes out of that meeting and how it will affect Walt Disney World.
Hi, I'm Erica, and I write about all things Disney. Before working for The DIS, I was a theme park performer at SeaWorld, but I also performed at Disney. I have such an immense love for theme parks to the point I studied them in college.