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Disney delaying Florida campus but not because of tensions

Jun. 16, 2022 11:13 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Walt Disney Co. is delaying by more than three years the opening of a campus in central Florida to which 2,000 workers were being relocated from Southern California to work in digital technology, finance and product development. Despite being...

Canyon Coaster Adventure Park now open in northern Arizona

May. 29, 2022 10:58 AM EDT

WILLIAMS, Ariz. (AP) — There’s an air of suspense hanging over the new Canyon Coaster Adventure Park in Williams. It starts with a sign by the front entrance — “Bar Coming Soon!” — and continues up the steps by the ticket booth. The guardrails stand at...

Theme park to open 1st US attraction at gateway to Smokies

May. 15, 2022 00:07 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — In its quest to redefine tourism at the gateway to the Great Smoky Mountains, The Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians has inked a deal to bring an international entertainment company to the United States for the first time. Tribal Council and international...

Tourism and economic agencies join forces to market Orlando

May. 09, 2022 13:51 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — It's an idea that almost seems as compatible as Mickey and Minnie. Take the tens of millions of tourists who are thinking about visiting central Florida's theme parks each year and sell them on the virtues of moving their companies or businesses to the region. In the...

Mexico closes US gravel quarry that had been pressured

May. 06, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — The Mexican government said Friday it has closed a limestone gravel quarry owned by a U.S. company, a move likely to add fuel to an ongoing trade dispute with the firm. The Environment Department said Friday it closed the quarry owned by Vulcan Materials near...

DeSantis tests limits of his combative style in Disney feud

Apr. 24, 2022 17:31 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis ' deepening feud with Walt Disney World is testing the limits of his combative leadership style while sending an unmistakable message to his rivals that virtually nothing is off limits as he plots his political future. The...

Disney government dissolution bill signed by DeSantis

Apr. 22, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed a bill on Friday to dissolve the private government Walt Disney World controls on its property in the state, punishing the entertainment giant for opposing a new law that critics call “Don’t Say Gay.” The move is...

EXPLAINER: Why are Disney and DeSantis feuding in Florida?

Apr. 22, 2022 15:45 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has signed into law a bill to dissolve a private government controlled by Disney that provides municipal-like services for its 27,000 acres (nearly 11,000 hectares) in the Sunshine State. The new law is largely seen as retribution...

Disney self-government in peril after Florida House vote

Apr. 21, 2022 14:59 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida House of Representatives on Thursday gave final passage to a bill that would dissolve Walt Disney World's private government, handing Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis a victory in his feud with the entertainment giant over its opposition to a measure that critics...

Florida Senate passes bill to end Disney self-government

Apr. 20, 2022 18:00 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — The Florida Senate on Wednesday passed a bill to repeal a law allowing Walt Disney World to operate a private government over its properties in the state, escalating a feud with the entertainment giant over its opposition to what critics call the “ Don’t Say Gay ”...