Disney Moves Jobs Out of Southern California to New Facility in Florida
By Movieguide® Staff
The Walt Disney Co. announced that they would move Southern Californian jobs in the Experiences and Products Division to a new facility in Florida.
“I want to share news about an exciting project that has been in various stages of planning since 2019,” Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Division, wrote in a letter to staff, Deadline reported. “This new project will create a dynamic environment to support our expanding business – a brand-new regional campus which will be built in the vibrant Lake Nona community of Orlando, Florida.”
“In addition to Florida’s business-friendly climate, this new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational standpoint,” he added.
Reportedly, 2,000 jobs will find a new home at the central Florida location.
Employees not directly involved in Disneyland Park in California will head to Florida to promote “further collaboration and creativity and allowing us to better integrate our business and functional teams,” D’Amaro said.
“We expect most Southern California-based DPEP (Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products) professional roles that are not fully dedicated to Disneyland or, in some cases, the international parks businesses will be asked to relocate to this new Florida campus,” the letter continued.
The new facility in Florida will be located near Orlando International Airport, about 20 miles southeast of the Walt Disney World resort.
The move is expected to take 18 months, and affected employees will be offered moving assistance, according to D’Amaro. He also emphasized that Disney remains committed to California, “including continued investment in Disneyland Resort.”
The decision to move jobs is partly due to the heavy restrictions for business operations in California that are not present in Florida. At the start of the pandemic, Disney announced the termination of approximately 32,000 jobs due to COVID-19.