Disney purchases 965 acres of ranch land in Central Florida

Did the theme park megalodon just save part of Osceola County from development?

The ranch land, for which Disney paid $23 million, is near Disney's planned community of Celebration. - Wassssuuuup! (talk) Adam R via Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0
Wassssuuuup! (talk) Adam R via Wikimedia Commons/CC3.0
The ranch land, for which Disney paid $23 million, is near Disney's planned community of Celebration.

The Walt Disney Company bought 965 acres of ranchland in Osceola County, Florida, according to the Orlando Business Journal.

While the sale hasn't hit the Osceola County records yet, we're thinking OBJ is right, especially since they have a spokesperson for the land on the record.

While the anti-Disney folks — we know who you are — may grimace at the idea of the theme park giant buying ranch land, because, well, density and land use issues, hold on to your outrage, because ranchers no longer owned the property; developers did.

Lake County-based BFT Capital Corp. sold the land to 215 Celebration Place, LLC, a Disney-related company (everyone on the LLC's annual report lists either Disney-controlled Lake Buena Vista, Florida or a Burbank, California address, so y'all can extrapolate) on Dec. 13, a judge-appointed custodian of the land told OBJ.

The price? $23 million.

No word yet as to what Disney plans to do with the land, but it's near Disney's Celebration, so we're thinking it's probs not going to be another theme park. Honestly, though, Disney, so long as you don't build strip malls and discount shoe stores, we're pretty much OK with whatever you do to the land.

Disney has a hefty chunk of its land set aside for conservation, and since they're part of the Everglades system — yes, for reals — any mitigation they do helps our state as a whole.

(If you're really into poking around, the Osceola County Property Appraiser has one of the best property databases we've seen — check out the maps and photos of exactly what Walt Disney Parks and Resorts owns; type "Walt Disney Parks and Resorts" into the "Owner Name" field)


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Cathy Salustri

Cathy's portfolio includes pieces for Visit Florida, USA Today and regional and local press. In 2016, UPF published Backroads of Paradise, her travel narrative about retracing the WPA-era Florida driving tours that was featured in The New York Times. Cathy speaks about Florida history for the Osher Lifelong Learning...
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