In an announcement first reported in January, The Walt Disney Company confirmed today that they will be moving approximately 2,000 jobs from California to a new campus in Lake Nona, Florida. The relocation process will occur over the next 18 months.
The facility in Lake Nona, which is not far from Orlando in Central Florida, will be the home to both Walt Disney Imagineers and professional employees from the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products division of the Company. Those 2,000 are presently less than 5% of the total Disney jobs in California.
Although little detail has been given yet regarding the size or exact location of the new Disney campus, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro said today, “This new project will create a dynamic environment to support our expanding business – a brand-new regional campus which will be built in the vibrant Lake Nona community of Orlando. This new regional campus gives us the opportunity to consolidate our teams and be more collaborative and impactful both from a creative and operational standpoint.”
President of Tavistock Development Company Nick Beucher, the owner and developer of Lake Nona, expressed his excitement with the project, “With Disney’s move and large investment in our community, we are delighted to welcome one of the world’s most recognized brands to Lake Nona. By choosing to build a new regional campus in Lake Nona, Disney will become part of this smart city where cutting-edge ideas turn into realities.”