Florida Lawmakers Vote to Revoke Disney World’s Special Tax Status

The Sunshine State’s legislature passed a bill Thursday that would eliminate the special legal setup that allows Disney to operate as an independent government around its Orlando-area theme parks.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis will almost certainly sign the measure.

“Democrats in the Florida House of Representatives can be heard yelling & shrieking after lawmakers voted to remove Disney’s special tax status—a privilege it held for 55 years. Disney employs 38 lobbyists in Tallahassee & donates generously to politicians.”

The Walt Disney World Resort is an entertainment complex in Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista, Florida, near the cities of Orlando and Kissimmee.

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Opened on October 1, 1971, the resort is owned and operated by Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, a division of The Walt Disney Company.

The property covers nearly 25,000 acres, of which half has been used.

The resort comprises four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and Disney’s Animal Kingdom), two water parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon), 31 themed resort hotels, nine non-Disney hotels, several golf courses, a camping resort, and other entertainment venues, including the outdoor shopping center Disney Springs.