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Disney Moves Over 2,000 Jobs from California to ‘Business-Friendly’ Florida

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.