Walt Disney World Resort, one of the world’s most visited vacation destinations, generated $40 billion in economic impact across the state and more than a quarter of a million total jobs in fiscal year 2022, according to a new study from Oxford Economics
The study found that Disney, which has fueled Florida’s economy, tourism and small businesses for more than half a century, generated the following across the year:
$40.3 billion in total statewide economic impact.
263,000 direct and indirect jobs – 1 out of every 32 jobs in the state.
This figure includes Disney’s workforce of 82,000 across the state. Within Central Florida, Disney directly supports 12%, or 1-in-8, of all jobs. For every direct job on-site at Disney, an additional 1.7 jobs are supported across Florida.
Without Disney’s statewide job impact, Florida’s unemployment would jump from 3% to 5.4%, which would take Florida from the 21st lowest unemployment rate among all 50 states to the second highest unemployment rate in the country.
Disney revenues and off-site visitor spending contributed to $12.1 billion in total labor income in fiscal year 2022.
$6.6 billion in tax revenue, including $3.1 billion in annual state and local tax revenue generated by Disney, visitors, employees and third-party businesses – helping to fund local schools, law enforcement, public safety, parks, roadways and more throughout Central Florida.
2,500 Florida-based small businesses contracted to supply products and services to Disney World.
Part of the more than 8,500 small businesses across the country contracted by The Walt Disney Company.
The study, which was commissioned by Disney, also reflects the economic impact of Disney Signature Experiences in Florida, including Disney Vacation Club and Disney Cruise Line. The results are for fiscal year 2022, prior to the Reedy Creek Improvement District becoming the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District with the appointment of a new board. About Oxford Economics: Oxford Economics is the world’s foremost independent economic advisory firm. Oxford Economics enables intelligent and responsible decision-making through the provision of timely, data-driven economic and business insights and solutions that clients trust.
Disney After Hours events return to Walt Disney World Resort starting January 2024 with tons of nighttime Disney fun. On event nights, guests can enjoy an extra three hours of magic-making at Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT. Guests attending the separately ticketed events get more time to experience fan-favourite attractions, character greetings and unlimited complimentary snacks, including select beverages.
Extra magic awaits after hours at select Walt Disney World theme parks
Disney After Hours events allow a limited number of guests to enjoy Magic Kingdom Park, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and EPCOT after the parks officially close for the day, offering shorter wait times for select attractions and character experiences. Guests can also indulge in ice cream novelties, popcorn and beverages –– all included in the cost of the ticketed event. Early arrivals can access the parks starting at 7 p.m. to squeeze even more moonlight joy out of their visits.
Booked guests of Disney Resort hotels, Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Hotels, and Shades of Green can purchase tickets starting Nov. 7, 2023, by calling 407-W-Disney. Event tickets can be purchased online by all guests starting Nov. 14.
Disney After Hours ticket prices range from $155 to $175 (plus tax) at Magic Kingdom Park and at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Disney After Hours ticket pricing at EPCOT ranges from $149 to $159 (plus tax). Specially priced tickets are available for Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club members. Continue reading →
The fall season ushers in a variety of enticing family experiences at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. This year, fan-favorite seasonal celebrations will return with new festive and delicious offerings for guests of all ages to enjoy. From Halloween parties and a global flavour celebration to a half-marathon Banquet Bash, Walt Disney World bubbles over with family-friendly fall fun
Enjoy Haunting Halloween Festivities at Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party
Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Magic Kingdom Park brews up eerie-sistible delights from entertaining parades and exclusive character photo opportunities to scary-good treats. The special-ticket event is offered on select nights from Aug. 11 to Nov. 1 after normal park hours from 7 p.m. to midnight.
New for 2023, partygoers can see Minnie Mouse, Daisy Duck, and Clarabelle Cow dressed as the Sanderson Sisters from Disney’s “Hocus Pocus” in Mickey’s “Boo-To-You” Halloween Parade.
Thirty scrumptious, specially themed fall and Halloween treats will be offered throughout the park. Select treatswill be exclusively available for purchase at the party while others will be offered to Magic Kingdom guests during regular hours.
Guests can trick-or-treat their way through the park and indulge in delicious Mars sweets like SKITTLES, SNICKERS and M&M’S, while dressed in their happiest, not-so-scary Halloween costumes.
Heigh-ho, Heigh-ho, The Seven Dwarfs return this year for event-exclusive photo opportunities.
Enchanting entertainment abounds as a spirited pirate band takes over Adventureland with spooky sea shanties.
Pop-up parties – featuring Max Goof and his Powerline party pack – will appear throughout the park before the troupe dances its way onto Main Street, U.S.A. ahead of Mickey’s “Boo-to-You” Halloween Parade.
Party guests can commemorate their visit with an event-themed step-in photo experience.
Each guest will also receive a reusable trick-or-treat bag and commemorative print to round out the special Halloween offerings.
Walt Disney World has shared some photos and video from inside Journey of Water – Inspired by Moana at EPCOT
Journey of Water – Inspired by Moana opens to the public later this year in the World Nature neighborhood in EPCOT. In the video below we can see Imagineers interacting with water as it goes on its journey. The whole experience will be themed, around the story of Moana.
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