DeSantis Ratchets Up His Run Against DIsney

hobie1616

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... because of the park’s new open-carry gun policy, the whole thing would become a Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

Disney should leave Florida. It’s time for DeSanty World.

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Mickey Mouse needs a sanctuary city.

Gov. Ron DeSantis (R-Hades) got his state legislature this week to abolish the favorable tax arrangement that brought Disney World to Orlando and kept it there for 55 years. It’s the latest salvo against corporate America from the Trump right, which has already threatened Twitter, Facebook, Citigroup and Delta Air Lines. But now they’re canceling Mickey and Minnie? That’s just Goofy.

Taking aim at Ariel, Belle, Jasmine, Pocahontas and Moana? It’s not only cruel — it’s Cruella.

Suddenly, sad times are upon the Happiest Place on Earth. Jared Polis, the Democratic governor of Colorado, has promised to “grant Mickey and Minnie full asylum in Colorado” and offered Disney a “Mountain Disneyland” retreat from “Florida’s authoritarian socialist attacks on the private sector.” Many Disney fans online are urging Disney World to leave Florida.

Of course, you can’t just put a resort with six theme parks and two dozen or so hotels on a magic carpet ride to, say, New Jersey. (As it is, central Floridians could be stuck with more than $1 billion in debt and a massive property-tax increase because of DeSantis’s anti-Disney vendetta.) But Disney is the place where dreams come true, and mine is that the whole of Disney World, which employs roughly 80,000 Floridians and attracts tens of millions of tourists every year, will take the second star to the right and straight on till morning — and abandon Florida entirely.

DeSantis would be left with a 25,000-acre house of horrors in Orlando: an abandoned resort in a state nobody wants to visit, thanks to Ron’s Runaway Railway.

His “don’t say gay” legislation makes Florida unwelcoming to LGBTQ people. His voter-suppression laws and race-baiting attacks on teaching history and race make Florida hostile to Black, Latino and Asian Americans. Rising antisemitism (Florida’s most famous resident just had a film screening at Mar-a-Lago characterized by antisemitic swipesat Mark Zuckerberg) gives Jews pause about the state. DeSantis’s MAGA-signaling anti-immigrant and antiabortion laws repel more large swaths of the population. His banning of math textbooks should send educated Floridians packing. His opposition to Medicaid expansion and Florida’s excessive covid-19 death rate over the past year have sent many Floridians to the morgue.

Soon, there won’t be much of a constituency left. As J.D. Vance, a Republican Senate candidate from Ohio, put it in a just-released private message from 2016, “We are, whether we like it or not, the party of lower-income, lower-education white people, and I have been saying for a long time that we need to offer those people SOMETHING.” So offer them a theme park! Rename Disney World’s ruins DeSanty World.

DeSanty World would make the Carousel of Progress turn in reverse, reimagining the Disney classics to suit its growing audience of Snow White nationalists. Pinocchio would dream of becoming not a “real boy” but a Proud Boy. Lady Tremaine, the wicked stepmother, would become the heroine of Cinderella, championing parental rights. Bambi would be seen from the hunters’ point of view. Aladdin’s new soundtrack would warn of “A Whole New World Order,” and Mulan would be reviled for spreading the coronavirus. Brave Frollo would fight valiantly to free France of minority groups and the disabled. And all would cheer for QAnon’s own Captain Hook as he battles to prevent villainous Peter Pan from grooming the Lost Boys.

Some attractions would require only minor changes. The Barnstormer roller coaster (“a staggering series of stupendous stunts”) would be dedicated to DeSantis instead of Goofy. The Mad Tea Party and Festival of Fantasy Parade could pretty much stay as they are, and the Hall of Presidents would just be dispossessed of its 46th inductee. DeSanty World would build a wall around the Alien Swirling Saucers. And, because of the park’s new open-carry gun policy, the whole thing would become a Frontierland Shootin’ Arcade.

DeSanty World would surely sack the China Pavilion at Epcot and its planned film “Wondrous China.” This would be replaced by a Covid Theater (no masks allowed!). A new 101 Dalmatians Dog Whistle attraction would feature DeSantis, who said, when he had a Black opponent in 2018, “The last thing we need to do is to monkey this up.” The existing Under the Sea Journey of the Little Mermaid would be repurposed to promote offshore oil. The Frozen Ever After boat ride would refute the climate change hoax. Splash Mountain, already getting re-themed around “The Princess and the Frog,” would now swap the evil voodoo practitioner Dr. Facilier with the more evil Dr. Fauci.

A thoroughly remodeled Tower of Terror would have the MAGA faithful screaming as Ursula lures them into gender reassignment surgery, Maleficent tries to enchant them with universal health care, and the demons Pain and Panic attempt to vaccinate them.

Then, after all but the QAnon faithful had self-deported from DeSanty World, the few remaining stragglers would sing as one: It’s a small world after all.

 

Sol Rosenberg

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Disney isn’t leaving Florida. That is a wankfest. Florida just agreed to wipe $2-billion of debt off of Disney’s books. Why would they go anywhere?

 

Sol Rosenberg

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That will teach Orange County to vote blue.
Osceola gets caught up in that too, but that’s a small price to pay even if it does sweep Malarkey up in the net. But you are spot on. Saddle the enemy with more taxes and give Disney a break in the process, while getting morons someone to feel superior to. Win win win. 

 

Mrleft8

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Short term this works for Desantis. More Floridians like Desantis than Disney.

 When he decides to run for POTUS, it might come back to bite him. More Americans like Disney than Desantis.

 

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Jewett added: “I see no reasons in the world Orange and Osceola County would not generally continue to work in a very positive way with Disney to try to make sure that they’re successful and get what they want.”

How Florida’s war with Disney could change the park experience

When travelers think of Disney World, they probably think of rides, castles, a giant mouse and an even-more-humongous price tag. Questions of trash collection, fire-rescue services and building codes probably don’t come to mind.

Suddenly, those behind-the-scenes operations became front and center when the Florida legislature voted this week to undo the special district that Disney operates in. The Republican-led move comes amid a month-long squabble between the company and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over the Parental Rights in Education bill, which restricts discussion about gender identity and sexual orientation in schools. Disney said the company’s goal was for the measure, which critics call the “don’t say gay" law, to be repealed or struck down in court.

Established in 1967, the Reedy Creek Improvement District allows Disney to essentially prop up its own government, tax itself and use that money to provide services such as trash collection, flood control, power distribution, road maintenance, fire and emergency medical services, and water treatment. The district also oversees its own building code and issues permits, giving Disney more control over what it builds. It contracts with the Orange County Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement.

DeSantis signed the bill into law Friday. If the law is not tied up in legal challenges or repealed over the next year, the district will be dissolved on June 1, 2023. Disney declined to comment Friday.

So what would change for visitors to Disney next summer? It’s not entirely clear, but local observers pointed to more cumbersome processes for Disney to build new attractions, potential hiccups in transitioning to public services and increased expenses for Disney — which could mean higher prices.

Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, said he thinks that the company will try to shield customers from the negative impact of any changes in services.

“You don’t know that they’ll be able to,” he said. “You just don’t know when you’re talking about all these basic county-level services that have been provided by Reedy Creek but now might have to be provided by someone else.”

He said the entire ordeal will cost Disney, whether they choose to appeal the legislation in court or just opt to work out a transition. And operating under a system where they need to seek county approval for new projects could cost more time and money, too.

“Might that be passed along in increased ticket price? Maybe,” Jewett said. “Disney has really been aggressive in raising prices across the years. In my way of thinking, they don’t need much more of a nudge to raise them again.”

Richard Foglesong, author of the book “Married to the Mouse,” said that if the district is dismantled, Disney will not have the level of control to provide its own public services and approve its own projects to develop and build faster than competitors. He said it’s not clear yet if doing away with Reedy Creek will hurt the bottom line.

“I think there’s subtle ways in which Disney would miss its controls, would prefer to have complete control aesthetically and otherwise,” he said. He said a huge advantage of the special district is that Disney can develop and build attractions faster than its competitors because it’s not subject to the same planning and zoning requirements.

“They will now have to go and ask permission.” Jewett said. “That in itself, I think, that’s going to cost more money, more time, more resources.”

But he pointed out that other theme parks are already subject to county approvals when they want to expand. Rivals SeaWorld Orlando and Universal Orlando Resort are nearby; neither have the kind of self-governing power that Disney wields.

"Universal is in the midst of massive expansion, and they seem to be able to get what they want from Orange County,” Jewett said.

Foglesong, a retired political science professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Fla., said Disneyland also “does just fine” without the same self-governing structure in California.

Conservatives want to cancel Disney. It's not the first time.

“It plays politics like other big corporations with lobbying and campaign contributions to get its way from the city of Anaheim,” he said.

He questioned how committed Disney might be to keeping the original Reedy Creek structure in Central Florida. He said someone will have to pay for infrastructure and debt if the district is abolished. He wondered: What if that someone ends up being the state of Florida?

“Maybe those promoting the legislation are going to end up paying the price, not just financially but maybe with voters,” he said. “This could end up looking like a bailout of Disney.”

Even if the Reedy Creek district is abolished and Disney has to adjust to a new governing structure, Jewett said, he thinks the company will be fine.

"Is Disney going to get what they want? Probably most of the time, yes," he said. "They're hugely important to our economy."

Jewett added: “I see no reasons in the world Orange and Osceola County would not generally continue to work in a very positive way with Disney to try to make sure that they’re successful and get what they want.”

 

Raz'r

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It was crony capitalism to grant Disney the exception, it’s crony capitalism to take it away. Govt playing favorites. Bad sometimes I suppose (and too bad for the taxpayers)

 

Sol Rosenberg

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It was crony capitalism to grant Disney the exception, it’s crony capitalism to take it away. Govt playing favorites. Bad sometimes I suppose (and too bad for the taxpayers)
Universal’s district was crony capitalism. Walt Disney’s district was a bunch of Orange farmers not wanting to get into monstrous planning and zoning decisions. All they wanted was to make what they thought was a ton of money selling their farms. 

 

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I thought Desatan was a smart man, being a Navy JAG, I think the GOP ate his brain?
Well, he figured out how to have more support now than when he was elected, raise tons of money (so much that the fake news says he can't spend it all), establish a national presence that just might get him elected president in 2024 and have a blast traveling and partying on the taxpayer's dime while doing it.  I say he is pretty smart.  Too bad it is combined with dishonesty and evil morality.

 

Meat Wad

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We need to know more about the $100,000 donation Disney made to DeSantis just before the gay dustup. Disney wanted relief from the $2 billion debt that Reedy Creek carried and once rid of it, they gain a $163 million tax break. Don't say gay is just a way to set the whole thing off. Disney and DeSantis are in the same bed, we are just too blind to see it.
We are not all too blind to see it. 
Business as Usual. Every President and Governor has done it. It's really bad here in Commifornia too.

Someone said something about DeSantis traveling and parting on the taxpayers dime. Did you forget how many vacations Obama took, talk about a party president.
They are all turds and none should get the lifetime bene's they receive. Congress too.

 

The Joker

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I’m guessing @Dog Komrade Joker would find this scenario objectionable. 
 
It’s an invalid comparison.  The correct statement would be for Hobby Lobby to change their RELIGIOUS beliefs.  I know the left often blurs the lines between politics and religion, but the right to religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution.   Maybe we can circle back to this comparison  if this law is ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS.     

One other point I’m not Dog despite your implications. 

 
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Blue Crab

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Business as Usual. Every President and Governor has done it. It's really bad here in Commifornia too.

Someone said something about DeSantis traveling and parting on the taxpayers dime. Did you forget how many vacations Obama took, talk about a party president.
They are all turds and none should get the lifetime bene's they receive. Congress too.
Agree about the both sides but we've now seen the Rs openly doing what used to be kept to smoke-filled rooms. That ain't biz as usual. Totally agree with last line.

 

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Business as Usual. Every President and Governor has done it. It's really bad here in Commifornia too.

Someone said something about DeSantis traveling and parting on the taxpayers dime. Did you forget how many vacations Obama took, talk about a party president.
They are all turds and none should get the lifetime bene's they receive. Congress too.
Yeah, let's talk about Obama's vacations.

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Sol Rosenberg

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Business as Usual. Every President and Governor has done it. It's really bad here in Commifornia too.

Someone said something about DeSantis traveling and parting on the taxpayers dime. Did you forget how many vacations Obama took, talk about a party president.
They are all turds and none should get the lifetime bene's they receive. Congress too.
If every Governor does it, how did Reedy Creek Improvement District last for over 50 years?  I’m pretty sure we don’t have 50 year terms of office…yet. 

 

Sol Rosenberg

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It’s an invalid comparison.  The correct statement would be for Hobby Lobby to change their RELIGIOUS beliefs.  I know the left often blurs the lines between politics and religion, but the right to religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution.   Maybe we can circle back to this comparison  if this law is ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS.     

One other point I’m not Dog despite your implications. 
Thanks for confirming my suspicion that you would object to your enemy doing what you justify for DeSantis. 

 

Olsonist

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It’s an invalid comparison.  The correct statement would be for Hobby Lobby to change their RELIGIOUS beliefs.  I know the left often blurs the lines between politics and religion, but the right to religious freedom is guaranteed in the constitution.   Maybe we can circle back to this comparison  if this law is ruled unconstitutional by SCOTUS.     

One other point I’m not Dog despite your implications. 
https://www.opensecrets.org/orgs/hobby-lobby-stores/totals?id=D000051841

 


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