It’s been a while, but we haven’t forgotten about Disney’s big move to Central Florida. In 2021, Disney bought nearly 60 acres of land in Lake Nona near Orlando to create a new campus for employees.
However, after political tensions rose last summer over Florida’s Parental Rights in Education Bill between Disney and Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the project was put on pause. However, we can now share an update that Disney could be moving forward with the campus.
In November 2022, Disney CEO Bob Iger commented that he had not yet made a decision on whether the Lake Nona project would move forward or not. However, according to The Orlando Business Journal, there are signs that Disney has plans to continue building the Lake Nona campus.
Records from the City of Orlando have shown that a specific parcel master plan is being sought “for the development of an approximately 1.8 million-square-foot office complex with office and flex space within the Lake Nona PD, Parcel 20A.” Those records indicate that this parcel is the 60 acres that Disney bought for its campus.
The records state that the application status is “open” and that the application was completed on January 18th.
So what does this mean? It could be a sign that Disney plans on continuing work on the project, which would relocate around 2,000 Disney employees to Central Florida. If so, the expected completion date for the Lake Nona campus is 2026.
So far, Disney executives have not commented on the application or what it means for the big move to Central Florida. At the moment, there still hasn’t been any sign of construction happening on the land Disney bought.
We’ll continue to keep an eye on what’s going on with Lake Nona and keep you updated, so stay tuned to AllEars for more!
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