Disney Delays Relocation Of Thousands Of Jobs To Florida Until 2026 Amid DeSantis Fight


Disney has pushed back the timeline to relocate thousands of jobs from California to Florida amid its fight over Florida’s so-called Don’t Say Gay bill.

The company’s timeline to move around 2,000 workers in its parks, experiences, and products division — which includes a number of Imagineering workers, who are responsible for designing and engineering the company’s theme parks and rides — has been pushed to 2026, the company confirmed on Wednesday.

The Los Angeles Times had previously reported that the move was expected to conclude by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

In a statement, Disney spokesperson Jacquee Wahler said that though “a growing number of employees” whose roles will ultimately be based at a campus in the Lake Nona region in Orlando have already made the move, “we also want to continue to provide flexibility to those relocating, especially given the anticipated completion date of the campus is now in 2026.” Wahler added: “Therefore, where possible, we are aligning the relocation period with the campus completion.”