Why Does Disney World Have Its Own Government

The Florida legislature granted the park extreme, unilateral control over their land.

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In 1965, Walt Disney began acquiring real estate for a new theme park in Florida. Disneyworld’s success, as well as the subsequent proliferation of unsavory businesses around it, drove Disney to seek greater control over a larger amount of territory. He obtained his desire for Central Florida, which was largely undeveloped in the mid-1960s and mainly consisted of swampland and orange groves.

For only $5 million, Disney was able to buy the 27,000 acres that make up Disney World thanks to the lawyers who were unfamiliar with their client and shell companies. A bargain even in 1965, after the purchase of the land had been completed, the struggle for total domination of the region began as it is outlined in this City Beautiful video below.