“I want to share news on an exciting project that has been in various planning stages since 2019,” wrote Josh D’Amaro, president of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division, in a letter to staff which was obtained by Deadline. “This new project will create a dynamic environment to support our expanding business – a brand new regional campus to be built in the vibrant community of Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida. “
“In addition to the climate conducive to business in Florida, this new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and to be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational point of view,” he said. -he writes.
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Initially, the new campus will house “more than 2,000 Cast, Imagineers and employees,” according to D’Amaro’s letter, “further fostering collaboration and creativity and allowing us to better integrate our sales and functional teams.”
The new facility in Florida will be located near the Orlando International Airport, approximately 20 miles east of the Walt Disney World complex. While the California-based company is still figuring out which employees to relocate, D’Amaro wrote: International park companies will be invited to relocate to this new Florida campus.
The move is expected to take 18 months and affected employees will be offered moving assistance, according to D’Amaro. He also stressed that Disney remains committed to California, “including an ongoing investment in Disneyland Resort”.
The move comes after the company announced last winter that it was laying off around 32,000 employees mainly in parks, experiments and products, “due to the current climate, including the impacts of COVID-19 and the changing environment ”.
City News Service contributed to this report.