Though this topic has been discussed in many threads, there has yet to be a cohesive way here to track the continual back and forth.
This matters to me on a personal level, as Disney World is a huge part of Central Florida, in so many ways.
DeSantis isn't an anti-Disney person, as he was even married at Disney World. Disney isn't anti-DeSantis either, as the company contributed to a DeSantis PAC to get him elected in the first place.
The divide stems from the "don't say gay" bill, now law. Pixar animators and their allies wrote an open letter to then-CEO Bob Chapek regarding the bill, and what it could mean for them, and people like them. Not only had Disney contributed to DeSantis's gubernatorial campaign, they had also contributed to the campaigns of every sponsor of the "don't say gay" bill.
That was March of 2022, as Russia began the invasion of Ukraine.
Chapel speaking out on Twitter was followed by Ron DeSantis pulling the plug on Disney's Reedy Creek Improvement District, which is a large part of what brought Disney to Florida in the first place.
Both sides are in court now, on the state and federal levels. Both sides are taking shots at one another in the media regularly.
But Disney IS the media. The Disney Company has investments around the world, including streaming platforms, television networks (including a major American television news outlet), film companies, radio, magazines, comic books, music publishing & recordings... It's a long list. But Disney is a company, with an interest in profits. It would make sense for a company to support political policies that align with corporate profits. But every company has people to deal with: personnel, shareholders, employees, customers... The company's continued survival, much less growth, ultimately depends on the people. A political movement's continued survival and growth depends on people as well.
Disney has now decided to scrap plans to move their head of operations to Orlando, costing the area untold amounts, though one estimate I saw was a billion dollars just to get it going. The impact to Orlando would have been huge, and now it won't be. As DeSantis and Disney continue their dispute, real people are being effected. For now, it's just a lack of future investments. When does Disney decide to pull certain investments away, in favor of somewhere else?