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Florida Lawmakers Review Ways to Restore Some Disney Privileges

  • DeSantis vows not to make ‘U-turns’ on stripping Disney perks
  • Benefits axed in feud over schools gender teaching law
Visitors arrive at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Visitors arrive at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida.

Photographer: Brian Carlson/Bloomberg

Florida lawmakers are reviewing ways to restore some of the privileges that the state stripped from Walt Disney Co., still reducing the company’s benefits dramatically without going as far as ending them all, a key legislator said.

Earlier this year, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed a law that in 2023 would dissolve a special government district that’s granted sweeping benefits to Disney for half a century, called Reedy Creek, unless it’s reinstated by the legislature. The move was triggered by what the Republican governor saw as Disney’s criticism of a law he signed that limits elementary school teachings about gender identity.