Disney lobbying for Florida amendment that would defer gambling rights to voters

Posted Wednesday, April 18, 2018 1:36 PM | Contributed by Jeff

Chipping in another $105,000 last month, Disney Worldwide Services, Inc. has contributed at least $4.7 million to try to pass a constitutional amendment that could make it harder to expand gambling in the state.

Read more from The Tampa Bay Times.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 2:28 PM

I'd like to see this backfire on Disney and voters approve to have a casino built in the Orlando area. It can be frustrating how anti gambling Disney is. I understand not wanting a casino on their property or even the cruise ships. They started to remove all Star Wars and Marvel slot machines from the casino floor when they took ownership of those properties.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 4:51 PM

Can't blame them. Given the already high amount of tourism dollars in Florida, it's unlikely that widespread gaming would cause any noticeable increase in tourism. What is obvious is that tourism dollars being a near zero-sum game, any dollar spent on gaming would be one less that Disney could grab.

Wednesday, April 18, 2018 5:06 PM

There’s one in Tampa. You can see Busch Gardens from the parking garage.

I understand doing everything to discourage competition of that sort, but I’ve been to a few casinos and I don’t see that crowd and the theme park crowd as much of a cross over.

Another interesting fact is that when casino/racino gambling was being planned for Ohio, Cedar Point lobbied hard to have a location on or near the Point. They apparently thought a casino would be good for business.

Thursday, April 19, 2018 12:50 AM

No, they thought it would be good to monetize their infrastructure in the off-season. 108 days open leaves a LOT of days where they could lease out a parking lot and fill otherwise empty/Shuttered rooms. Disney has no notional need for something like gaming to "fill up slow time".

As for those two groups being mutually exclusive. Don't for one second think that Grandma and Grandpa can spend money in the casino or buy precious grandchildren overpriced in-park swag. That Venn diagram overlaps much more than you think.

Edit: I don't remember the exact timeline, but wasn't that talk just about during the time when CF was in deep doo doo post Paramount? Nothing was off the table during that crisis.

Last edited by CreditWh0re, Thursday, April 19, 2018 9:15 AM

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