Disney Cancels $900 Million Florida Campus and Star Wars Hotel Amid Dispute with Governor DeSantis

Disney has decided to cancel its plans for a nearly $900 million corporate campus in Florida and is also shutting down its Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel, citing changing economic and business conditions. The decision comes amid a high-profile dispute with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, following Disney’s opposition to the state’s controversial “Don’t Say Gay Bill.” The campus was intended to be a significant development in Lake Nona, Orlando, housing about 2,000 employees relocated from Southern California. The Star Wars hotel, a unique and immersive experience with high operational costs, opened just last year but will close by the end of September. Disney’s move reflects broader cost-cutting measures, including a reduction of 7,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in expenses across the company. The conflict between Disney and Governor DeSantis has escalated, with Disney filing a federal lawsuit claiming retaliation for exercising its First Amendment rights.
  • Disney cancels a nearly $900 million corporate campus project in Lake Nona, Florida, and the Star Wars: Galactic Starcruiser hotel.
  • The decision was influenced by changing economic and business conditions, amidst a dispute with Governor Ron DeSantis.
  • The conflict began after Disney opposed Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay Bill,” leading to legislative moves by DeSantis against the company.
  • The Lake Nona campus was planned to be a significant development, housing 2,000 employees with an average salary of $120,000.
  • The Star Wars hotel, an immersive experience with high operational costs, opened in March 2022 but will close by September’s end.
  • Disney is undertaking broader cost-cutting measures, including the reduction of 7,000 jobs and $5.5 billion in expenses.
  • Disney has filed a federal lawsuit against Governor DeSantis and Florida lawmakers, claiming retaliation against the company.
  • Disney CEO Robert Iger had committed to investing $17 billion in Florida over the next decade, a plan now uncertain.

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