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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis responds to Disney pulling the plug on Lake Nona project

Updated: May 19, 2023

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis has issued a statement on Disney's decision to cancel its $1 Billion project to relocate Walt Disney Imagineering from California to Lake Nona.


As Disney pulls the plug on Lake Nona Project, local leaders and lawmakers blame Gov DeSantis

Following Disney's announcement that it has shelved its $1 Billion plans to relocate Walt Disney Imagineering from California to Lake Nona here in Orlando, many are questioning whether the cancellation of the project has something to do with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis and his war against Disney....


Some local leaders and lawmakers have already hinting at or directly blaming the Florida Governor for the loss of investment and thousands of jobs in the local area including Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings who in an apparent dig at DeSantis commented, "these are the consequences when there isn’t an inclusive and collaborative work environment between the state of Florida and the business community."


Democrat Anna Eskamani, who is a member of the Florida House of Representatives, representing District 42, went further and laid the blame squarely at DeSantis for the cancelation of the Disney project, "Governor Ron DeSantis is a job killing moron who cares more about his own political ambitions and culture wars than Florida and our future."


Florida Democratic Party Chair Nikki Fried pulled no punches when she said "Florida just lost 2,000 jobs and millions in additional revenue because of Ron DeSantis’ unhinged personal vendetta against Disney"


Now in response to the news that Disney have shelved its Lake Nona Project, DeSantis has issued a statement via his press office where he makes no mention of his feud wth Disney, rather he blames Disney's financial situation for the cancellation, commenting "Given the company’s financial straits, falling market cap, and declining stock price, it is unsurprising that they would restructure their business operations and cancel unsuccessful ventures.”


Here is his statement in full:


"Disney announced the possibility of a Lake Nona campus nearly two years ago. Nothing ever came of the project, and the state was unsure whether it would come to fruition.

Given the company's financial straits, falling market cap, and declining stock price, it is unsurprising that they would restructure their business operations and cancel unsuccessful ventures.


As Disney pulls the plug on Lake Nona Project, local leaders and lawmakers blame Gov DeSantis

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