The Reedy Creek LawsuitThe Dark Herald
Variety and the Hollywood Reporter are both acting like this is something.
A suit has been filed by some residents of Orange and Osceola counties. The suit claims that they will be unfairly ladened with a crushing tax burden when the Reedy Creek Improvement District is dissolved next year.
It’s from the Hollywood Reporter, so no click for them.
“In a complaint seeking to block the law filed Tuesday in Florida federal court, residents who live near Disney World argue they and other taxpayers will be burdened with at least $1 billion in Disney’s bond debt if the state follows through with its plan to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District. “It is without question that Defendant Governor DeSantis intended to punish Disney for a 1st Amendment protected ground of free speech,” reads the lawsuit. “Defendant’s violation of Disney’s 1st Amendment rights directly resulted in a violation of Plaintiffs’ 14th Amendment rights to due process of law.”
Where did Disney find this ambulance chaser?
Because that is what happened. One of Pedomouse’s lawyers found a local “Better Call Sol” and told him to find some residents in Orange and Osceola and then file on their behalf.
“Defendant’s violation of Disney’s 1st Amendment rights…”
They lost the case right there.
Reedy Creek and the Walt Disney Company are, at least from a legal standpoint, two completely separate legal entities. Yeah, in the real world that is ridiculous fiction but in the world of law the two have nothing to do with each other.
It is why Reedy Creek was invented in the first place. To separate Disney from the civil government. Sure, Bay Lake and Lake Buena Vista are company towns with a population of 20 but that doesn’t change Disney’s legal standing.
Since the act that dissolves the Reedy Creek Improvement District doesn’t have the word, “Disney” in it at all, that company’s concerns are irrelevant.
It all comes down to the judge. This was filed in Federal Court in the hopes of getting a sympathetic judge. If it’s an honest judge it will be thrown out. If it is a Trump appointee, it will be thrown out. If it’s an Obama appointee, the suit will be allowed to go forward with the judge batting heavily for the plaintiffs. And if the jury finds for the plaintiffs it will be shot down on appeal.
Disney doesn’t care about winning this case unless Sol actually manages to do it. This is all about propaganda with a sympathetic media rooting for Pedomouse.
When all is said and done, Disney has a much bigger problem than Reedy Creek’s dissolution. They have entered another state of decline. They’ve done it before. The company was riding high until walt died then it entered a fifteen year decline that nearly ended with the company being broken up in a raid.
The Michael Eisner years, or to be more accurate the Eisner Triumvirate years, turned the company around and into a period of growth until triumvir Frank Wells was killed in a helicopter crash. Without him to restrain Eisner’s worst impulses, the Disney CEO destroyed his own administration. This started another period of decline.
Bob Iger turned that around by buying up a property, Pixar, that blended perfectly well with Disney’s corporate culture, at least when Lasseter ran it. Then Iger bought two more that don’t blend with Disney at all and at this point all three are being horrendously mismanaged.
While it looks like Disney Marvel is going to have its first hit since Endgame with Doctor Strange, it doesn’t change the fact that the writing sucks now. It usually takes a while before general audiences figure out that they aren’t being entertained. The Star Wars fans have figured out they aren’t being entertained and have left. Pixar is a Woke disaster. Disney needs a turnaround CEO and Bob Chapek is absolutely not it.
Disney’s biggest problem is that they have always been able to bounce back for one reason. People loved Disney. They were willing to put up with problems now and then because there was always this feeling that it was the company you could trust with your children. That has been blown completely out of the water.
Disney is never getting the love back.