Exclusive: Disney Employees Rejoice as Stipends Return Amidst Perk Controversy with Gov. DeSantis

Minha D.

Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' Disney governing district has decided to restore stipends for employees after facing backlash for stripping them of their free park passes and discounts. 

The decision comes after criticism from employees who expressed their disappointment at losing the perks that allowed them to create lasting memories with their families. The governing district will now provide a $3,000 annual stipend to compensate for the value of the theme park passes.

Restoring Stipends in Response to Backlash:

The governing district of Walt Disney World faced a significant backlash after eliminating the free passes and discounts for employees.

The district, which is now under the control of Gov. Ron DeSantis and the Florida Legislature, made this decision as a response to Disney's opposition to a state law banning classroom lessons on sexual orientation and gender identity. 

However, employees argued that the passes were an essential benefit that made the parks affordable for them and their families. In response to the criticism, the district has decided to provide a $3,000 annual stipend to compensate for the lost perks.

Board Members Acknowledge Employee Concerns:

The board members of the governing district acknowledged the concerns raised by employees regarding the elimination of their free passes. They recognized the importance of the passes in creating lasting memories and allowing relatives to enjoy the fruits of their work. 

Board member Ron Peri stated that they have listened to the employees' feedback and worked to respond accordingly. This acknowledgment led to the unanimous approval of the $3,000 annual stipend.

Controversy Surrounding the Elimination of Perks:

The board members justified the elimination of the theme park passes and discounts by claiming that these benefits were unethical and self-serving to Disney. They argued that the district was essentially funneling money back to the company.

However, outside experts have compared these perks to employee benefits rather than taxpayer scams. They likened it to the way professors at a university may receive free passes to athletic events or free tuition for family members.

The board members stated that the old structure of the program could no longer be legally continued.


In response to widespread employee disappointment and criticism, the governing district of Walt Disney World, now under the governance of Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, has decided to restore stipends for its employees.

The decision to eliminate free passes and discounts faced strong opposition, with employees expressing their concerns about losing essential benefits that allowed them to create cherished family memories in the parks.

Acknowledging the importance of these perks, the governing board approved a $3,000 annual stipend to compensate for the lost benefits.

What Are Your Thoughts?

  • Do you think the decision to restore stipends adequately addresses the concerns of the employees? Why or why not?
  • What do you think about the initial decision to eliminate the theme park passes and discounts? Was it justified, or do you believe it was unfair to the employees?
  • How important do you think employee benefits like theme park passes are for morale and job satisfaction?
  • Do you agree with the comparison made between these perks and benefits provided in other workplaces, such as universities? Why or why not?

Share your thoughts and opinions in the comments below!

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