ORLANDO, Fla. - July 27, 2007. Central Florida is one step closer to realizing the dreams of having three important community venues.
This week, local community leaders approved plans for a new performing arts center, a new events center and a renovated Citrus Bowl.
Along with local tourism leaders, Walt Disney World Resort is proud to have been a part of this historic moment.
Below is a copy of a column written by Meg Crofton and Al Weiss that appeared in the Orlando Sentinel highlighting Disney’s support of these community projects.
Make the Venues Dream a Reality
As the top tourist destination in the world,
One year ago, Walt Disney World® Resort united with a nearly unanimous group of tourism leaders in supporting an increase in the tourist-development tax to help fund the three venues. Disney signed the original agreement with Universal, Sea World and the entire leadership of the Central Florida Hotel and Lodging Association. Our support was further strengthened with the announcement of a $12.5 million commitment — our largest single donation ever — to the Dr. P. Phillips
With the creation of these three first-rate facilities, we have an unprecedented opportunity to strengthen our local economy, while committing to a quality of life that will make our community an even better place to live, work and play – not just for ourselves, but for generations to come.
We know the three venues will have a positive impact on our community – they will create and support jobs, attract major events and help us to further diversify our economy beyond our strong tourism base. Although the numbers alone are compelling, this isn’t just about money.
This is really about giving back to the residents of
Simply put, the time has come to move forward. This is the defining moment for our community’s future and we must take advantage of this unique time when the best interests of our community and the public and private resources are aligned.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our elected officials for their support to approve all three of the proposed venues.