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Disney should move operations from California to Florida, official says

A Florida official recently said Disney should move from California to Florida

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Cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, cars drive under a sign greeting visitors near the entrance to Walt Disney World, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. A Florida official recently said Disney should move from California to Florida.

John Raoux, Associated Press

One Florida official has a simple way for Disney to deal with the lockdown of its Disneyland theme park in California — move to Florida.

What’s going on?

Chief Financial Officer of Florida Jimmy Patronis said on “Fox & Friends First” Wednesday that Disney should consider expanding its operations from California to Florida.

  • “Disney already has a proven track record here. We just like to allow them to grow and expand their business.”

Context

Disneyland remains closed in California because of the coronavirus pandemic. California has issued guidelines for theme parks to reopen, but they are reliant on case numbers in each theme parks’ individual county, which I wrote about for the Deseret News. So for Disneyland to open, Orange County would need to reach a certain level of safety.

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Patronis said businesses are fleeing California because of the restrictions. He said Disneyland should consider doing the same.

  • “Eventually when you’re not appreciated, hopefully enough is enough,” he said.

Is it true?

Per Fox News, “Disney is considering moving some of its operations from California, where they are struggling to reopen their theme parks, to Florida.”

The Orlando Business Journal reports that “talks are underway” to relocate some offices from California to Orlando, too.

Of course, nothing is official until there’s word from Disney about these potential moves.