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Disney employees are moving from California to Orlando. Here’s why

Disney employees are flocking to Florida over business decisions

Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Thursday, July 2, 2020. Thousands of Disney employees are moving from California to Orlando — for business.
John Raoux, Associated Press

Thousands of Disney employees are moving from California to Orlando — for business.

Fox Business reports that the Walt Disney Co. has moved close to 2,000 employees from California to Florida. The jobs will be located at the new Lake Nona campus.

  • The decision to move employees was announced in July due to “Florida’s business-friendly climate,” according to Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, according to Fox Business.

Most of the employees making the move will be for corporate roles and enterprise functions, per WTSP.

The Disney employees are becoming new buyers for the Florida home market, too.

  • “They are already trickling in,” Armel Real Estate owner Deanna Armel told WKMG. “I’m working with a Disney relocation right now buying in the Winter Garden area.”

Armel told ClickOrlando that it isn’t just employees making the move, but entire families connected to the Disney employees.

  • “It’s not just 2,000 employees, it’s 2,000 employees, their families and extended families,” she said. “I also kind of panicked and was like, ‘Gosh, we don’t have enough inventory as it is,’ more buyers coming in is going to make it more difficult to win bids for these buyers and we’re trying to help.”