Disney: We May Move HQ and Film Studios Out of California

Maybe the people at Disney are getting what they deserve.  For years executives of Disney have donated millions to Newsom, Brown and the Democrats.  They have donated to radical ballot measures, to steal money from the middle class—their customers at Disneyland and for their movies.  Now, Guv Newsom has announced Disneyland will not open till next summer and the earliest.

Finally the folks at Disney have realized they have financed their own destruction,  Nikita Khrushchev, head of the old Soviet Union famously said to America, “You will be hanged by the rope you sold to us.”  Looks like Disney is being lynched.  Now they are looking at moving headquarters and film studios to other States.  Just closing Disneyland is a five billion hit to the people of Orange County.  So far, 28,000 have lost their jobs—hope they vote against the Democrats that took their jobs from them.

Disney Considers Suing Newsom, Moving Jobs out of California, as Newsom Doubles Down on Closures

By Jennifer Van Laar, Red State,   10/28/20  

When California public health officials announced guidelines for reopening theme parks that essentially guarantee that parks in Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties won’t be able to open until perhaps mid-2021, heads of the respective theme parks rightfully blasted Gavin Newsom, citing their successes in reopening in other states and countries and alleging that his guidelines have no scientific basis.

The next day, the Executive Director of the California Attractions and Parks Association, of which Disney is a member, said “that a lawsuit was under consideration and ‘all options are open at this point.’”

By Thursday, sources within the industry and within Disney, speaking on condition of anonymity, stated that one option Disney was looking into was was moving as many jobs as possible out of California. Obviously the company can’t pick Disneyland up and move, but the company has a massive footprint in California, both in Los Angeles and Orange counties. WDW Pro alluded to that potential in a Thursday evening blog post.

Before getting to WDW Pro’s listing of actions Disney could take, a pause to appreciate their intro to the story. It’s a work of art – partly because it’s an uncomfortable truth – so I’m citing all of it:

Imagine for a moment that you’re Disney. In January of 2020, everything was going exceedingly well. The company had never been bigger, stronger, or more prosperous. Bob Iger was still the CEO, selling a book about how great he had been, and declaring that Shanghai Disney was the most important piece of real estate since the company purchased Walt Disney World in Florida. Literally everything about the company except for Lucasfilm and ESPN were red hot incredible.

Then the pandemic hits, a virus that escaped communist China. Suddenly the film industry is annihilated. Theme parks all over the world are shut down. Disney’s revenue stream is completely dry except for Disney+, which cost such a fortune to start that it will take years before it recoups its investment. America and China enter into a soft cold war, risking your multi-billion dollar investment in Asian theme parks should you say one wrong thing. One wrong word and the Chinese government can take away billions of assets in a second.

Iger was tasked with getting the NBA to Walt Disney World in order to keep WDW profitable. The deal was made, but the NBA’s public approval tanked due to their own connections with the Chinese Communist Party and divisive social justice causes. Disney needed to get films out, but one of the only films they could move to either theaters or streaming was a movie literally created within miles of concentration camps. Meanwhile, the company clamped down on attendance at WDW far longer than was economically wise, just so California would be more likely to open up Disneyland. That didn’t happen. So, things have not been going swimmingly.

Yep, that pretty much sets the stage for where Disney was as the execs awaited Newsom’s theme park reopening guidelines. So, what next?

First, Disney could legitimately begin moving large parts of their operations out of state. They can’t move Disneyland proper, but they can move parts of their studios to states such as Colorado, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, and other locales. Second, Disney has ABC News and they know how to wield its power for political purposes. There’s nothing stopping them from moving towards negative coverage of California and the governor in order to move public opinion. Additionally, and although extremely unlikely, Disney could actually move their headquarters to Florida or New York. Behind the table, Disney can start funneling their political influence to opponents of Newsom, and they almost certainly have channels to let him know that’s their intent.

That second option ended up being prophetic, as the local ABC affiliate posted a story the next day listing the economic damage already done to the local economy and staggering potential job losses attributable to the ongoing shutdown:

Cal State Fullerton economists say the loss could total $5 billion dollars.

According to the Orange County Register, the Southland’s economy has already lost $3 billion dollars.

Another $2 billion dollars could be lost if Disneyland remains shut down through next March.The economists based their estimates on numbers from last year.

The economists also believe there will be a total loss of 46,000 jobs. Orange County could potentially take the biggest hit, with 33,000 of those jobs lost.

Still, Gavin Newsom stuck to his guns during Tuesday’s press conference, saying he’d continue to “follow the science” and shaming those who want the parks to reopening, characterizing them as putting more importance on their childrens’ entertainment than keeping people safe and alive. What a crock.

About Stephen Frank

Stephen Frank is the publisher and editor of California Political News and Views. He speaks all over California and appears as a guest on several radio shows each week. He has also served as a guest host on radio talk shows. He is a fulltime political consultant.

Comments

  1. Reap what you sow!

  2. Disney attracts the younger, healthier, and mobile society rather than the elderly population, many with pre-existing conditions, and most vulnerable to COVID-19. Statistically, there are “some” fatalities among the younger population, but the major number of fatalities are still concentrated among the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions.

    Emperor Newsom is holding the younger and healthier hostage until the elderly and those with pre-existing conditions stop dying.

    • William Hicks says

      Newsom, like many other leftists, really believes, or wants us to believe, that this side of heaven it is reasonable to have eternal life. THAT’S THEIR RELIGION.

  3. dO YOU LOVE IT?

    ABC / Disney have been promoting massively LEFT DEMOCRATS across the country.and while their arch enemy Trump made them rich and the Trump Economy papered over the massive deficits of the Marxist Democrat Party.

    Understand without the tax income from a roaring economy the Democrats would be begging to be put out of their misery.

    Now these idiots want to move to another state where they can make more profit so they can spew their propaganda disinformation about how Socialist taking of wealth does not hurt the middle class? Understand these insane people are making massive income as top executives that makes them immune to most of the problems they are creating.

    Remember with the voter registration in Calif. the chances are you voted for Democrats. Why?

  4. Otis Needleman says

    Am sure Texas would welcome them. Plenty of room, better roads, etc.

    • William Hicks says

      IF I were the governor of Texas, I would not accept Disney due to it’s leftist leanings. They are some of the rats trying to escape the results of their politic’s and they are likely to infect Texas politics much like New York leftists did when they left New York for California. They’re like locusts eating up everything then moving to greener pastures.

  5. Totallyfedup says

    Chalk up another loss for dictator nuisance.
    And another business seeing the light and packing up to leave the formerly great state of California.
    We can’t recall our socialist governor soon enough.
    When the hell will CA voters see the light and STOP VOTING FOR DEMOCRATS?

  6. The issue will be, if they should move, will they bring their incredibly stupid and naive political bent with them? If so, they’ll just be defecating in a new location, and asking their new neighbors to deal with it.

    I for one would not want them in my state. Let them stay in California, continue to ruin that beautiful state, and leave mine alone.

  7. Recall Pretty Boy Newsom at RecallGavin2020.com
    It’s time to get rid of this a$$hole!

  8. Monadnock Man says

    Amazing, a completely liberal corporation is now upset with a wingnut gov who is totally out to lunch whose only achievement is a nonsensical skill called “babbling without a lick of substance”!

    1974, I arrived in CA, where it was in the top 10 of all paradigms benchmarks that any state or country would love have on their side.

    However, stupidity showed up about 40-years ago, and total CA is a pi** ant of a state with nothing in a positive column to be found!

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