Disney World’s steering committee, appointed by Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, is escalating its battle with the Mouse House for control of the Orlando resort, according to a report.
The DeSantis-appointed board members said that they “will be responsible for all land development decisions on the 27,000 acres (42 square miles) that make up Disney World and two Disney-administered cities, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista. submitted a resolution stating that it has “superior authority”. In the contested Reedy Creek area, The Associated Press reported Wednesday.
The board is scheduled to vote on the resolution next week. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.
The move comes two weeks after newly-appointed board members claimed they had pulled fast on them by stripping most of their powers before their Disney-controlled predecessors took over.
The five new board members were appointed by the Republican governor after Florida legislators overhauled Mousehouse’s Reedy Creek Tax District. Please” openly oppose the law, sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade.
Professor Emeritus at Rollins College and author of Married to the Mouse: Walt Disney World and Orlando. ”
“The key question is whether a board created by Congress and appointed by the governor can revoke the constitutionally granted powers of democratically elected local governments,” Fogleson told AP. Told.
A new overseer replaces the board of directors that Disney has controlled for the past 55 years. One of February’s final decisions was Disney’s control over the design and construction of its theme park resorts.
Reedy Creek’s board members also prohibited successors from using the name “Disney” or symbols associated with theme parks without permission from the Mouse House, and said that the new board would not allow Mickey Mouse, other Disney characters, or other intellectual property likenesses.
Earlier this week, DeSantis said it was considering the possibility of imposing new taxes on Disney hotels and property developments, as well as the possibility of imposing tolls on roads near its Florida facilities.