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Settlement Reached for the Ongoing Legal Battle Between Disney and Central Florida Tourism Oversight District

Bay Lake Tower At Disney's Contemporary Resort
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Born out of the controversy between Disney and Florida Gov Ron DeSantis, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District has been dealing with legal battles since the beginning. Now, after many months of turmoil, the lawsuit between these two parties is finally settled.

War Is Over in Reedy Creek

Since its inception, the CFTO district has worked closely with Governor Ron DeSantis and other state authorities to address any challenges or opportunities that arise within the tourism sector. By staying abreast of developments in the industry and implementing best practices, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District ensures that it is involved in the tourism industry, which remains a cornerstone of the region’s economy.

Related: Disney Accused of Multi-Million Dollar “SCHEME” Using Taxpayer Money: Florida Inspector General Gets Involved After CFTOD Submits Referral

Central Florida Tourism Oversight District

Credit: Joe Burbank

The district was created after Disney openly opposed Gov Ron DeSantis’ “Don’t Say Gay” laws that effectively banned lessons of gender identity and sexual orientation from many Florida classrooms. As an outspoken supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, the Walt Disney Company and its CEO, Bob Iger, made it clear that they did not condone this controversial law.

Many people considered the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District to be a form of punishment for Disney and Bob Iger. Since its inception, the two parties have been entrenched in legal battles and disagreements as to how the district should be run.

Glen Gilzean Ron DeSantis

Credit: Central Florida Urban League

Settlement Reached in Lawsuit

Early this morning, it was announced that Disney and CFTOD had reached a settlement on their state-level lawsuit. As of now, Disney’s appeal of the federal lawsuit remains intact.

In a statement released this morning, Walt Disney World Resort president, Jeff Vahle, addressed the settlement, saying,

“We are pleased to put an end to all litigation pending in state court in Florida between Disney and the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District. This agreement opens a new chapter of constructive engagement with the new leadership of the district and serves the interests of all parties by enabling significant continued investment and the creation of thousands of direct and indirect jobs and economic opportunity in the State.”

As this turn of events unfolds, all eyes will be on Disney as it pertains to the federal lawsuit.

About Eva Miller

Eva was born and raised in the beautiful state of Oregon but has since relocated and lives in New York City. Since she was young, Eva has loved to perform in musicals, especially Disney ones! Through performing, Disney’s music became the soundtrack of her childhood. Today, Eva loves to write about all the exciting happenings for the Walt Disney Company. In her free time, Eva loves to travel, spend time in nature, and go to Broadway shows. Her favorite Disney movie is 'Lilo and Stitch,' and her favorite Park is Disney's Animal Kingdom.

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