Big news coming out of The Walt Disney Company! We’ve heard rumors, but Disney has now officially confirmed they are relocating 2,000 Cast Members from California to Florida. As the company continues to grow, Disney has evaluated their current locations, and it seem like a shift from California to a Florida home base is now underway.
As reported by OrlandoSentinel: “A new Disney regional hub in Orlando’s Lake Nona community will be home to more than 2,000 professional jobs relocating from California, the company revealed Thursday afternoon. The average wage for the positions is $120,000 annually, according to Tim Giuliani, Orlando Economic Partnership president and CEO. Most of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products professional roles based in southern California that are not fully dedicated to Disneyland Resort, or in some cases the international parks business, will be asked to relocate to Orlando, said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.”
“As someone who has moved with my family from California to Florida and back again, I understand that relocation is a big change, not only for the employee, but also for their families,” D’Amaro wrote in a letter to staffers. “Therefore, moving these roles to Central Florida will take place throughout the next 18 months, providing flexibility in timing to accommodate individual situations and needs.”
“This new project will create a dynamic environment to support our expanding business — a brand-new regional campus which will be built in the vibrant Lake Nona community of Orlando, Florida,” D’Amaro said in the letter. “With more than 60,000 Cast Members, Imagineers and employees, Central Florida has long been home to many of our businesses including the Walt Disney World Resort and most of our Disney Signature Experiences team.”
Dennis Speigel, founder and CEO of Cincinnati-based International Theme Park Services, said Florida is a better state for a corporation than California. “Florida is a friendlier work-environment state than California is,” Speigel said. “That’s what it comes down to.”