Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is currently tangled up with the Walt Disney Company in not one, but two different lawsuits.
Recently, however, the Florida Governor claimed that he, along with the entire state of Florida, has “moved on” from the entire debacle. In the same interview, DeSantis also called on Disney CEO Bob Iger, urging the Walt Disney Company to drop its lawsuit.
Disney has yet to publicly respond, nor has the company dropped its lawsuit, and luckily so, as DeSantis has come back with a vengeance. But this time, DeSantis is going after the benefits of certain Walt Disney World employees. Some of which span across generations.
For the full story, check out our recent report on the situation. But, in a nutshell, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District is trying to take away benefits and discounts from certain Walt Disney World employees.
These benefits include park entry, discounts on food, merchandise, resort hotels, and more. The current, DeSantis-appointed board members have launched a formal complaint to the state Inspector General, claiming that these benefits are nothing but “self-serving” to the Walt Disney Company.
Now, some of Reedy Creek’s most valuable employees have begun speaking out:
Pete Simon, a Reedy Creek firefighter, made a powerful statement during today’s CFTOD meeting about the impact of removing generational benefits for families.
“This week marks the first brick being pulled in the dismantling of the district … my only question is, what’s next?” pic.twitter.com/bzt8tW5fc8
— Scott Gustin (@ScottGustin) August 23, 2023
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In this video, one of the Reedy Creek firefighters openly speaks out about his disdain for this decision. He discusses the wonderful benefits that come with this occupation, and how they allow him to take his children to Walt Disney World, and in the future, his grandchildren.
The firefighter even mentions that he, along with others on his team, welcomed the change from Disney-appointed board members to DeSantis-appointed board members. This is to say that even DeSantis’s most important supporters are beginning to speak out against his decisions.
As the DeSantis-appointed Central Florida Tourism Oversight District attempts to snuff out generational benefits, those directly affected and bystanders alike have begun to speak out against this decision.
Theme park reporter Dirk Libbey writes, “MY GOD, the AP deal was available to retirees, so it could be used for decades within families. I had no idea. This is like screwing with somebody’s pension. You DO NOT do that.”
Stay tuned to Disney Dining for more updates as the situation unfolds.