Illinois Extols Business Opportunities to Disney Amidst Conflict with DeSantis

While Florida Governor (and likely GOP presidential candidate in 2024) Ron DeSantis has been embroiled in a lengthy fight with Walt Disney Co. the state of Illinois would like to remind the House of Mouse it could be a good home for an abandoned project.

It’s cancelling plans for a corporate campus in Orlando, Fla. that was valued up to $900 million and would have accommodated more than 2,000 relocated workers.


Lake Nona project has been cancelled, but the ongoing legal battle with DeSantis was not the reason. Walt Disney World Resort’s Jeff Vahle blamed “a new leadership in the company and changing economic and business conditions.”

It hasn’t prevented Illinois from suggesting that Disney could revive the project on the Land of Lincoln.

A spokesperson for Gov. Pritzker said that Illinois is a great state to do business in, especially for companies who care about how the laws affect their employees and families.

In a tweet, the Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity made a more specific appeal, even mentioning the state’s birthplace, Walt Disney.