The Walt Disney Co. is planning to relocate most Southern California-based jobs not fully dedicated to Disneyland in its Parks, Experiences, and Products Division to a new regional facility in Florida.
- Disney announced the decision on Thursday.
- The new facility will reside near Orlando International Airport in the Lake Nona community of Orlando, Florida, about 20 miles southeast of the Walt Disney World resort.
- The new campus will be home to “more than 2,000 Cast, Imagineers, and employees,” according to chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Division Josh D’Amaro.
- D’Amaro expects most Southern California-based DPEP (Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products) professional roles not fully dedicated to Disneyland will be asked to relocate to this new Florida campus.
- Planning for the project began in 2019.
- D’Amaro also expects the move to take 18 months to complete.
WHY DISNEY IS MOVING THE JOBS:
- Disney had announced last winter that it was terminating approximately 32,000 employees primarily at Parks, Experiences and Products, “Due to the current climate, including COVID-19 impacts, and changing environment.”
- “In addition to Florida’s business-friendly climate, this new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational standpoint,” he wrote.
WHAT ELSE D’AMARO SAID:
- “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,” said D’Amaro.