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Disney scraps plans for new Florida campus, mass employee relocation amid DeSantis feud


Bob Iger, chairman and chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, pauses while speaking during an Economic Club of New York event in Midtown Manhattan on October 24, 2019 in New York City.Drew Angerer | Getty ImagesDisney has abandoned plans to open up a new employee campus in Lake Nona, Florida, amid rising tensions with the state’s governor.Citing “changing business conditions” and the return of CEO Bob Iger, Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney’s parks, experiences and products division, penned a memo to employees Thursday, announcing that the company will not move forward with construction of the campus and will no longer be asking more than 2,000 California-based employees to relocate to Florida.”This was not an easy decision to make, but I believe it is the right one,” D’Amaro told employees. Many Disney employees balked at the company’s relocation plans when they were first announced in July 2021 by former CEO Bob Chapek. While some left the company, or transitioned to other posts within Disney that would not require a move to Florida, others held out hope that the plan would fizzle out after a postponement. The campus was originally slated to open in 2022-2023, but was later delayed to 2026.Disney is …

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