CFTOD Articles and News Stories

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District & Disney Reach Settlement in Ongoing State Lawsuit

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District board has announced that The Walt Disney Company and the District have proposed a settlement agreement that could end their respective lawsuits. Highlights from the meeting: The Board of Supervisors voted to approve the settlement. Disney issued the following official statement after today’s announcement. We are pleased to put Central Florida Tourism Oversight District & Disney Reach Settlement in Ongoing State Lawsuit



Federal Judge Dismisses Disney’s Lawsuit Against Florida Governor

UPDATE 2/1/2024: Disney Parks and Resorts has filed a notice of its intent to appeal Judge Winsor’s decision to dismiss its First Amendment lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. UPDATE: Since the ruling, Disney has issued the following statement: This is an important case with serious implications for Federal Judge Dismisses Disney’s Lawsuit Against Florida Governor



FL Judge Grants Disney Extension to Respond to Motion to Dismiss

Monday afternoon, US District Judge Allen Winsor granted Disney’s request for an extension to file a response to FL Governor Ron DeSantis’s motion to dismiss the First Amendment Federal lawsuit. Disney’s response was originally due on October 19, 2023, and that date has been extended to October 30, 2023. The deadline for the defendants to FL Judge Grants Disney Extension to Respond to Motion to Dismiss



Briefing Schedule Set in CFTOD’s Motion to Dismiss Disney Lawsuit

In April of this year, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts U.S. Inc. filed a Federal lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the Secretary of the Department of Economic Opportunity, members of the Board of Supervisors for the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), and the Administrator of CFTOD. Disney has amended its filing twice, with Briefing Schedule Set in CFTOD’s Motion to Dismiss Disney Lawsuit



CFTOD: Employee Annual Pass Benefits, Comments on Feud With Disney

The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board met last night, and there were a few updates to share. Glen Gilzean revealed that the board continues to look for a solution to the Disney employee benefits question. After Gilzean sent a surprising email to Disney employees in August, announcing the discontinuation of popular employee benefits, the CFTOD: Employee Annual Pass Benefits, Comments on Feud With Disney



DeSantis’ CFTOD Plans to Spend $5 Million in Legal Battle With Disney

During Wednesday’s board meeting, Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD) administrator Glen Gilzean noted that the District has spent nearly $2 million in legal fees so far in its ongoing battle with Disney Parks and Resorts. The lawsuit against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and the CFTOD was filed by Walt Disney Parks and Resorts back DeSantis’ CFTOD Plans to Spend $5 Million in Legal Battle With Disney



RCID Employees Express Sadness at the Loss of Disney Annual Pass Benefits

During the public comments section of Wednesday’s meeting of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, several firefighters of the Reedy Creek Fire Department spoke to Monday’s announcement of the removal of the Disney pass benefits that they’ve been accustomed to enjoying for more than fifty years. District Chair Martin Garcia said that a number of RCID Employees Express Sadness at the Loss of Disney Annual Pass Benefits



CFTOD Administrator Glen Gilzean Resigns From Ethics Commission

According to WESH news, Glen Gilzean, an administrator of the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD), has resigned from the Florida Ethics Commission to keep his $400k/year employment with the CTFOD. Last week, we reported the apparent conflict of interest as Florida law does not permit public employees to serve on a government watchdog panel. CFTOD Administrator Glen Gilzean Resigns From Ethics Commission



Disney Files Response & Countersuit In State Lawsuit with DeSantis’ Board

As required, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts has filed a response to the state-level lawsuit brought against them by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ Central Florida Tourism Oversight District (CFTOD). In the 55-page answer, Disney responds to each claim made by the CFTOD, point by point, paragraph by paragraph. Disney goes on to outline twelve affirmative Disney Files Response & Countersuit In State Lawsuit with DeSantis’ Board



Ethics Lawyer Says One of DeSantis’ Oversight Board Members Must Resign

According to ethics commission lawyer Steven Zuilkowski, Glen Gilzean, administrator of Governor Ron DeSantis’ Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, cannot continue to serve as the state’s ethics commission chairman in addition to being a board member of the district, according to a legal opinion released Thursday. According to an analysis written by Zuilkowski, Florida state law Ethics Lawyer Says One of DeSantis’ Oversight Board Members Must Resign