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FL: Disney Regional Campus Coming to Lake Nona, With 2,000 Jobs

20 Jul, 2021


Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., is adding Disney to the roster of companies in the community, which includes Beep Mobility Solutions, Chopra Global, Cisco, GE, GuideWell, Hitachi, Johnson & Johnson, KPMG, leAD, Lilium, Nemours, Signet, Siemens, Signature Flight Support/BBA Aviation, SimCom, University of Central Florida, University of Florida, U.S. Tennis Association, Veterans Affairs Administration, Verizon, View and more.
 
“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,” said Nick Beucher, President of Tavistock Development Company, owner/developer of Lake Nona.
 
A new Disney regional hub in Orlando’s Lake Nona community will be home to more than 2,000 professional jobs relocating from California, the company revealed recently. The average wage for the positions is $120,000 annually, according to Tim Giuliani, Orlando Economic Partnership president and CEO.
 
“It’s a big day for Disney,” Giuliani said. “It’s a big day for Lake Nona. It’s a big day for Orlando.”
 
Most of the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products professional roles based in southern California that are not fully dedicated to Disneyland Resort, or in some cases the international parks business, will be asked to relocate to Orlando, said Josh D’Amaro, chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.
 
The move to the Orlando campus is expected to take place through the end of next year. The company did not release a specific location or opening date.
 
“As someone who has moved with my family from California to Florida and back again, I understand that relocation is a big change, not only for the employee, but also for their families,” D’Amaro wrote in a letter to staffers. “Therefore, moving these roles to Central Florida will take place throughout the next 18 months, providing flexibility in timing to accommodate individual situations and needs.”
 
D’Amaro was promoted to chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products last year from his role as president at Walt Disney World, which he took on in 2019. Before that, he had been president of Disneyland Resort since 2018. Disney’s Lake Nona campus has been in the works since 2019.
 
“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, Florida,” D’Amaro said in the letter. “With more than 60,000 Cast Members, Imagineers and employees, Central Florida has long been home to many of our businesses including the Walt Disney World Resort and most of our Disney Signature Experiences team.”
 
Lake Nona is a master-planned community developed by Tavistock Development Company southeast or Orlando International Airport. It is home to facilities like Nemours Children’s Hospital, University of Central Florida’s College of Medicine, and companies like driverless shuttle business Beep.
 
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