Exciting news, Disney fans! The Walt Disney Company has re-entered the political arena in Florida for the first time since 2022. This marks a significant turn of events after a tumultuous period of political backlash and public outrage.

Two years ago, Disney halted all political contributions in Florida following revelations of donations to proponents of the contentious “Don’t Say Gay” bill. This move led to a whirlwind of protests, employee walkouts, and an intense public scrutiny of then-CEO Bob Chapek. Disney’s opposition to the bill and its subsequent efforts to repeal the legislation only intensified the conflict with Governor Ron DeSantis. The political drama culminated in the overhaul of the Reedy Creek Improvement District, renamed the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District, sparking a series of lawsuits between Disney and the new board. Thankfully, these legal battles concluded with a settlement earlier this March.

Now, Disney is making waves again with in-kind contributions. According to the Orlando Sentinel, the company has provided theme park tickets for a fundraiser hosted by Democratic state Sen. Geraldine Thompson. The fundraiser, intriguingly titled “A Magical Fundraiser” and featuring Princess Tiana from “The Princess and the Frog,” offers donors various rewards tied to donation levels. Those who contribute will be treated to tickets and a magical evening including dinner and fireworks at Walt Disney World.

Sen. Thompson, whose district includes most of Walt Disney World, shared that Disney has extended similar in-kind support to other lawmakers. She hinted that the decision to resume cash donations is pending approval from higher executives in Burbank.

Aubrey Jewett, a political science professor at the University of Central Florida, believes Disney’s strategic reentry into political donations makes sense. By quietly resuming contributions, Disney seems intent on staying out of the political spotlight for now.

What are your thoughts on Disney’s political reengagement in Florida? Do you think this will lead to more involvement in the near future? Share your opinions in the comments below, and don’t forget to share this story with your Disney-loving friends!

Orlando Sentinel [Disney starts giving to Florida politicians again]

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