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Ron DeSantis Looking at Creating Special District to Oversee Walt Disney World After Dissolving Reedy Creek

In April, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a bill into law that would officially dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District. The Reedy Creek Improvement Act was first signed into law in 1967 and created the special district of Reedy Creek, which could essentially function as its own government. The Reedy Creek Improvement District was created by Walt Disney himself as he worked to buy the land and eventually build Walt Disney World. Should the bill not get knocked down by the courts, Reedy Creek would be dissolved on June 1, 2023.

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The state of Florida and Reedy Creek had been working in harmony since 1967, but that all changed in March. Florida’s Republican-run Congress passed the Parental Rights in Education bill — also called the “Don’t Say Gay” bill. The Walt Disney Company and its CEO Bob Chapek spoke out against the bill, saying that they would work to see the bill repealed. This angered Florida Republicans, and they were soon looking into dissolving the Reedy Creek Improvement Act.

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There are a lot of legal issues standing between Governor DeSantis and Reedy Creek’s dissolution. However, if it does go through, many are wondering what will happen to Reedy Creek. Governor DeSantis is now saying that he has a plan. According to reports, DeSantis is considering creating a new, special district, run by his own appointees, to oversee Reedy Creek and Walt Disney World.

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The news was shared by CNN reporter, Natasha Chen:

From my colleague @leylasantiago: 3 democratic state senators spoke at a press conference in Central Florida Mon morning, saying they expect @GovRonDeSantis to establish a new special district run by his own appointees to oversee @WaltDisneyWorld property, after dissolving RCID.

“The governor will establish a new district. That’s our latest word under the general-purpose government controlled by the governor, with appointments by the governor,” Florida State Sen. Linda Stewart (D) who represents parts of Orange County, said.

What makes this potential decision interesting is that DeSantis just signed the bill dissolving specially created districts. So creating a special district to oversee Disney after dissolving a different special district that oversaw Disney is slightly ironic.

In addition to people wondering what would happen to Walt Disney World should Reedy Creek be dissolved, many are asking what will happen to Reedy Creek’s debt. Reedy Creek’s debt is not technically the same as debt incurred by The Walt Disney Company, so, if Reedy Creek ceases to exist, Florida law says that the state will need to pay off that debt. Ron DeSantis has told his supporters that what the law says is not what will happen. He says that there is no way Florida will pay the bill.

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At this time, Disney has not publicly commented on Reedy Creek’s potential dissolution or what they are planning to do to fight it.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!