Disney Is in a Land War With the State of Florida

Priyanka Monteiro
Apr 5, 2023
Updated • Apr 5, 2023

Recently, Ron DeSantis, the Florida governor, ordered an investigation. He wanted to look at a recent move by Walt Disney World. Its special planning and tax district moved to maintain corporate power on all lands that house its theme parks.


DeSantis called the chief inspector general of Florida on Monday. He asked to check if Disney broke the law in association with its special district. He wanted to check if Disney broke the law by approving new rules that would undermine the governor’s takeover.

This takeover is viewed as a retaliation after Disney opposed the new law passed by DeSantis called ‘Don’t Say Gay.’ This bill limits free speech in private and public sectors. In early 2023, the Florida legislature had passed a bill that stripped the Reedy Creek Improvement District leadership. This special entity provided Disney complete control over the land that housed its parks.

DeSantis has spent most of the last year targeting Disney and other similar corporations. This is seen as the ideal preparation for DeSantis, as he is expected to stand for a 2024 presidential run. Earlier, DeSantis had also removed the special tax status for Disney after Disney appealed against the ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law. There has been a heated back and forth between DeSantis and Disney and the governor has used this as a part of his campaign. He called for an investigation after Bob Iger, Disney CEO, blasted Desantis’ administration and called his attacks anti-Florida and anti-business. This angered the governor, and this investigation seems like a retaliation to punish Disney.


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  1. D.C. said on April 6, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    At least the @ghacks twitter feed is still focused on showcasing only its tech articles.

  2. Anonymous said on April 6, 2023 at 5:46 pm

    Ugh…. yep going to leave ghacks if you keep up this political nonsense.
    Looking at your “About” page:

    “About Us
    Ghacks is a technology blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular independent technology sites on the Internet with regular contributions from freelance writers.”

    Looks like you need to update this to say that you no longer focus only technology but on stupid political views…

    Stop your political trash!!!!

  3. Thaddäus said on April 6, 2023 at 5:04 pm

    What has become of this site? Softonic, so sad.

    Keep coming back here hoping that it somehow, contains useful information like it did in the past but I keep getting disappointed over and over again.

    The prominent place ghacks had in my daily read list is slipping further and further away. Will return in a few weeks, then a few months and if nothing changes for the better will bid this once wonderful site, farewell.

  4. John G. said on April 6, 2023 at 2:20 pm

    Disney is in war with itself. Since the woke fever that stains everything it touches.

  5. Anthony S. said on April 6, 2023 at 1:37 pm

    Et tu, Martin?

  6. Sonny said on April 6, 2023 at 8:41 am

    Get rid of this guy..he’s a damn novice, and worse, too young to know he is political hack with zero understanding of the situation.

    I come to Ghacks for the wonders of technology and overcoming the heavy-handedness of Google, Firefox, Windows, etc. NOT to be irritated. Put the politics on political blogs….

  7. owl said on April 6, 2023 at 5:01 am

    Politics is something of fundamental importance that is “directly related to all things”.
    Politics” concerns not only living things (not only human beings), but also inorganic things (atmosphere, water, soil, oceans, earth, and even the universe), the past and the future.
    This is why “democracy” is desired in politics, why basic human rights are called for, and why rights are guaranteed by constitutions and other laws.

    Everyone should be encouraged to “take an interest in politics and be able to discuss it” on a regular basis.

    Forcing third parties to “not want to see, hear, or talk” about topics that involve politics is tantamount to fascism.

    Above all, mass media should be sensitive to politics and are expected to be “breaking news,” and have the role of getting to the “truth” and providing “public relations. For this reason, “freedom of expression” and “freedom of the press” are guaranteed by international treaties to prohibit interference (censorship, banning of publication, etc.) from those in power and governments.

    It is natural for Ghacks to talk about politics. There is diversity in the topic. As part of that diversity, authors should be guaranteed free rein.

    1. Tom Hawack said on April 6, 2023 at 1:17 pm

      Not sure why replies happen to be harsh.
      Personally I have to disagree with the statement that “Politics is something of fundamental importance that is “directly related to all things”.

      I don’t think that everything is political nor that everything would be “cultural”.
      To be, understood as naturally concerned by.

      Political concerns as well as cultural ones change with time whilst the essence, the core of phenomenons and events remain : I’d rather consider that everything is a subject of philosophy because philosophy aims to understand, not to modify be it individuals or society. The mechanism of philosophizing is eternal, as mathematics whilst politics, cultures vary over time.

      What is factual IMO is that nowadays everything becomes a societal problematic given the wide audience of the digital era : perhaps do some consider that a wide audience converts de facto a societal problematic into a political one. If so it is maybe them who convert what could and should remain a questioning in the scope of a philosophical approach, approach fed by because running after certitudes. To summarize I remain convinced that conceiving the world within a political prism is basically the attitude of those who replace arguments with ready-to-use demagogy.

      Life is not political, only humans appear to be and sometimes excessively. Because after all what are politics if not an attempt to organize civilization together with communities within rules, rules we agree with or not, hence clashes, wars. In fact politics are nothing more than a tool required to replace the lacks of human consciousness.

      1. owl said on April 6, 2023 at 2:52 pm

        @Tom Hawack,

        Logically, I am “in complete agreement with your comment”.

        But unfortunately,
        In the real world, there are rampant attempts by “those in power, self-centered (diversity-denying) people, conflicts of interest, etc.” to force through “politics” in order to control society.
        If a fire is not extinguished in the early stages, it can become a large fire, which can spread and become uncontrollable.

        Sadly, human existence threatens the survival of diverse “species,” and human production and living activities degrade the environment, including air, water, and soil, exacerbating environmental destruction, resource depletion, and conflict due to the population explosion.
        The world belongs to “ecosystems” and never to “humans” alone.
        That is why it is necessary for “we watch and monitor our politics” at all times.
        And for that assurance,
        We must not inhibit the discussion of politics on any occasion.
        The word “forum” comes from the ancient Roman term for a democratic “forum for assembly.”
        The “Open Source Initiative” is also similar morality.
        Government administration should not be left to third parties, but should be controlled by society and the community.

      2. Tom Hawack said on April 6, 2023 at 3:03 pm

        > “In the real world, there are rampant attempts by “those in power, self-centered (diversity-denying) people, conflicts of interest, etc.” to force through “politics” in order to control society.”

        Who elects them? I’d consider that those “rampant attempts” are served by lies, demagogy, intoxication in the face of voters, but no voters no election, like no drugs if no demand.

        Globalizing humans as responsible of the worst happening to and on the planet is IMO closer to misanthropy than to lucidity. Now, to consider that, given the facts, those who participated to the worst are more powerful than those who have not, is IMO closer to reality.

        Does optimism and pessimism have any other sens than describing one’s very personal view on tomorrows? I don’t think so though it certainly impacts our very behaviors : I’d rather be optimistic and act accordingly than be pessimistic, sit down and cry… or become violent.

      3. owl said on April 6, 2023 at 3:27 pm

        @Tom Hawack,

        I am deep impressed with your skills (Culture and Experience) and philosophy.
        The “place” where this kind of conversation (derived from the main topic: articles: topics) is possible is invaluable.
        It is the essence of “GHacks.”

        Cheers to you and GHacks!

    2. basingstoke said on April 6, 2023 at 10:09 am

      oh dear, someone had a poor quality upbringing, which directly impacted their cognitive growth… That’s all I can see from that comment – sad !

    3. Quincy said on April 6, 2023 at 5:48 am

      “Forcing third parties to “not want to see, hear, or talk” about topics that involve politics is tantamount to fascism.”

      Oh dear. The F Word.

      I guess I’ll shut up, bend the knee, and toe the line.

  8. D.C. said on April 5, 2023 at 10:59 pm

    Please, for Pete’s sake, no more political news!

    1. Tom Hawack said on April 5, 2023 at 11:47 pm

      Political fills the MISC section and there’s a lot of work to bring that section to the rank it deserves :


      Who cares about technology anyway? A wider audience means whatever is accessible to a greater number of visitors. Politics is just an item, like potatoes in a grocery store, and the grocery store is named MISC. Technology is T-Bone, elitist. C’mon, let the poor be fed should the elite be fed-up.

  9. D.C. said on April 5, 2023 at 10:58 pm

    What happened to GHacks? We don’t want political news here.

  10. Alex said on April 5, 2023 at 6:20 pm

    On 99.99% of the internet we have this stuff.. Ghacks, really?

    The one outlet we had were we could insulate ourselves from politics and now this?
    Softonic knows that these articles are great for SEO because people search for politics and are passionate about it so it will probably drive people to this website.

    Such a shame.

  11. Howard Pearce said on April 5, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    DeSantis is a national conservative.

    They basically believe that any action they take to benefit there position is OK as long as it is legal !

    In the case of DeSantis, this usually involves his culture war against gays, transgenders, etc.

    When Disney used its freedom of speech to make a comment against a DeSantis backed law, DeSantis responded in a way that was legal against Disney !

    1. Roger W. said on April 6, 2023 at 8:59 pm

      Please take yourself and your political BS back to Twitter, Tumblr or wherever you crawled out of and spare us. It’s people like you that ruin everything and now you got this site too so congratulations, I guess?

      “DeSantis is a national conservative”

      Yes and he and his followers are absolutely entitled to their ideologies just as you and your ilk are.

      I’m not American and nor do I care about American politics or any politics for that matter, yet I get this American politics crap shoved down my throat by people like you.

  12. Sunkast said on April 5, 2023 at 5:33 pm

    Yet another political based article this week. I’m done with Ghacks.

    1. Robert Palmar said on April 5, 2023 at 6:07 pm

      Amen to that. Ghacks is history for me too.

      1. Quincy said on April 6, 2023 at 5:38 am

        Agreed. Off topic and not wanted.

        As a Floridian, I can assure everyone that there are better informed sources to those who seek political context.

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