Disney confirms plans to build campus in Lake Nona, relocate 2K jobs here

ORLANDO, Fla. — Editor’s note: This story is available as a result of a content partnership between WFTV and the Orlando Business Journal.

The Walt Disney Co. has confirmed it will relocate roughly 2,000 jobs from its California headquarters to Lake Nona throughout the next 18 months, a master-planned community in southeast Orlando.

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Initially, the Disney campus will be home to imagineers and other professionals, but a specific site in Lake Nona has not been identified.

The campus is expected to be a new building. A size wasn’t immediately known.

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Most of the relocating professional roles will be related to Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products division -- which include theme parks -- who are not fully dedicated to the Disneyland Resort.

Walt Disney Co.’s headquarters will remain in California and the relocating jobs will represent less than 5% of the total number of Disney jobs in California.

Click here to read Jack Witthaus and Richard Bilbao’s story on the Orlando Business Journal’s website.

Tavistock President Nick Beucher provided Channel 9 with the following statement:

“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.”

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