The Orlando Business Journal is reporting that Disney may move select office divisions from California to Orlando, Florida. The report, which acknowledges that nothing is official, says Disney is considering moving some divisions to the Lake Nona area just east of Walt Disney World.
Disney responded with the following statement when asked about the move by the Orlando Business Journal.
“As the largest employer in Central Florida, we are always exploring opportunities for additional locations within the vicinity of our theme park, but there is nothing concrete.”
Disney shifting some departments to the Orlando area wouldn’t come as a big surprise. Beyond the current turmoil with California over the opening status of Disneyland, the state of Florida may be viewed as more business friendly. Disney may be looking to optimize every financial angle it can at a time when revenue has slowed or dried up in most of its segments.
While Disney may end up shifting some groups to Florida, they won’t abandon their office presence in California entirely. Certain departments, such as all of those involved with film and media, make the most sense to remain in California.
Will Disney centralize its theme park operations or move a different department to the Florida area? We’ll have to wait and see.