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Walt Disney World reveals expansion of affordable housing project with first units available 2026

In a counter strike to The Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Board of Supervisors who have said that they wan to exploring new zoning for the construction of affordable housing for Disney workers on Disney World property, Disney have now given us more details of their own affordable housing plans that they had already announced a year ago!


Walt Disney World reveals expansion of affordable housing project with first units available 2026

Walt Disney World have revealed that the groundbreaking on a new affordable and attainable housing development is set to take place next year, with the first units anticipated to be completed in 2026.


The development that will be located on land west of State Road 429, just a few miles away from the Magic Kingdom, near schools and shopping, including Flamingo Crossings Town Center. will offer affordable options for qualifying applicants within certain income levels. 


Not only have Disney announced that work is set to start on the project, they have revealed that the are increasing the size of the project from 1300 units to 1400 units.


The Michaels Organization, a housing developer known for creating high-quality homes in communities in many states, including here in Florida will build, own and operate the property.


Walt Disney World reveals expansion of affordable housing project with first units available 2026

Here is the full announcement from Disney:


This time last year, we first told you about our plans at Walt Disney World to contribute nearly 80 acres of our land to create a new affordable and attainable housing development for our community. This type of land contribution is unique and is one of many ways we are making a lasting impact in Central Florida.


We’ve been making more and more progress on this initiative every day, and now, we’re thrilled to share that groundbreaking on this development is targeted for next year, with the first units anticipated to be completed in 2026. We are also expanding our vision to now include approximately 1,400 total units – over 100 higher than we had initially announced. We hope to make a positive impact wherever we can in our community, so to be able to offer more units means even more Florida families will get access to attainable housing, in addition to creating new Florida jobs as part of the construction and operation.


As we previously announced, The Michaels Organization, a nationally recognized developer, will build and operate the property, which would be just a few miles away from the Magic Kingdom, near schools and shopping, including Flamingo Crossings Town Center, which continues to open more great retail and dining spots. The development, which is planned to be privately financed, will be limited to applicants within a certain income range.


Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle met with leaders from The Michaels Organization  in Florida

Walt Disney World President Jeff Vahle and our team met earlier this week with leaders from The Michaels Organization here in Florida, and we discussed how we hope this development inspires others in the community and across the country to support this important issue in innovative ways.

While we continue to work closely with The Michaels Organization to make progress on this initiative, Disney has been on the front line, supporting important causes in our community. We recently joined Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida, an organization that our cast members passionately support year-round through our Disney VoluntEARS program, for the grand opening of its newly renovated youth center, which was built with the help of a $100,000 Disney grant. And late last year, Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort announced significant donations to local community food banks to support families in need, totaling more than $300,000. Please know we will continue to share more details, including more information on how to apply for those who qualify, when we can. In the meantime, we will keep working diligently behind the scenes to bring this important initiative to life! Visit DisneyFlorida.com to learn more.


Walt Disney World reveals expansion of affordable housing project with first units available 2026

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