Florida review of Disney government says state and federal oversight adequate

Posted Wednesday, December 15, 2004 9:40 AM | Contributed by Jeff

Walt Disney World's government has enough federal and state oversight to stop any new owner from making drastic changes, according to a state report released Tuesday in response to Comcast Corp.'s failed attempt to buy the Walt Disney Co.

Read more from The Ledger.

Wednesday, December 15, 2004 9:54 AM
I think they know something we don't. Look what Comcast did to TechTV, can't imagine they would be any nicer to Disney.
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 12:32 PM
Isn't that almost the same as the neighbors of a park preventing "drastic changes"? What makes it any different just because they happen to work for the government?
Wednesday, December 15, 2004 1:15 PM
Reedy Creek operates like a City in many ways. While they can do some things without State oversight there are other things that have to pass the muster of the State no matter what.

It would be like a City/County relationship. While the City can make many decisions on its own, there are some issues that they must consider County guidelines before making decisions.

There are many Improvement Districts in Florida. They were originally set up for the specific purpose of controlling water in the State. Without a vast series of canals and lakes South Florida would have been impossible to build. It was basically swamp land.

That being said, Disney probably has a very strong influence over the Reedy Creek Improvement District as I am pretty sure some, if not all, of the members of the "Commission" are Disney employees.

If you are interested in Disney's relationship with local and State government then I would suggest reading the book Married to the Mouse, referenced in the article above. I found it very interesting.

Friday, December 17, 2004 4:04 AM
Here's a very, very informative article on the Reedy Creek Improvement District: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reedy_Creek_Improvement_District

It's a really good read.

Friday, December 17, 2004 12:42 PM
www.rcid.org In general the building codes and restrictions of RCID are more rigid than the national average. RCID has one of the best records for property loss (or lack thereof) from Fire etc. Much of the building codes including the so called "Epcot Building Code" has been adopted by other communities.

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