Disney has touted its economic impact on Florida as it battles Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis in court over his order prohibiting local governments from enforcing mandatory face covering requirements.
In court filings obtained by the ABC News affiliate WFTV Orlando and reported earlier this week, Disney, Universal and other tourism giants argued that DeSantis’s “unconstitutional” push against local face mask enforcement jeopardizes their billions of dollars in annual economic contributions.
In its filing, Disney boasted over $40 billion in economic impact in the state of Florida, including more than 200,000 jobs. The company argued that DeSantis’ order restricts its ability to ensure the safety of its employees and guests and undermines its reliance on positive consumer sentiment afforded to it by a safe and secure environment.
Disney has also argued that the ban on local mask mandates is costing it money, as its theme parks have lost business due to fears of being exposed to the virus without masks being required.