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How the CIA Helped Disney Conquer Florida
The Daily Beast ^ | 4-14-2013

Posted on 04/20/2013 4:36:56 PM PDT by Renfield

Starting in the mid-1960s when Disney set out to establish the Disney World Theme Park, they were determined to get land at below market prices and Disney operatives engaged in a far-ranging conspiracy to make sure sellers had no idea who was buying their Central Florida property. By resorting to such tactics Disney acquired more than 40 square miles of land for less than $200 an acre, but how to maintain control once Disney's empire had been acquired? The solution turned out to be cartoon-simple, thanks to the CIA....


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Conspiracy
KEYWORDS: cia; conspiracytheory; disney; disneyworld; florida; themepark

1 posted on 04/20/2013 4:36:56 PM PDT by Renfield
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To: Renfield

I remember hearing that Disney was some sort of Utopian socialist and his body remains on ice.


2 posted on 04/20/2013 4:46:16 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Renfield

This was after Walt Disney died right? I think he would turn over in his grave.


3 posted on 04/20/2013 4:47:58 PM PDT by wizr (We are "one Nation, under God " or "one nation, trod under ". Keep the Faith.)
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To: fso301

No, he was a huge patriot I think
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxihN_hEdmE


4 posted on 04/20/2013 4:59:51 PM PDT by bigtoona
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To: Renfield

This is nothing compared to what Disney Corp. stole from the public domain in the 1978 federal copyright law.


5 posted on 04/20/2013 5:04:02 PM PDT by UnbelievingScumOnTheOtherSide (REPEAL WASHINGTON! -- Islam Delenda Est! -- I Want Constantinople Back. -- Rumble thee forth.)
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To: Renfield

Good post, but the author is dripping with hatred for Walt Disney.

Isn’t the Daily Beast actually the ***WaPo*** dressed up in ribbons...?


6 posted on 04/20/2013 5:11:38 PM PDT by gaijin
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To: gaijin

Beast is sort of the online successor to Newsweak.


7 posted on 04/20/2013 5:20:22 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Renfield

The Disney “cities” are pretty much a legal fiction, assembled to allow Disney to operate its business without interference from local and county officialdom.

Too bad the state of Florida and the surrounding areas didn’t receive any economic benefit in return for this concession.


8 posted on 04/20/2013 5:23:57 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: wizr
This was after Walt Disney died right? I think he would turn over in his grave.

Well, I heard Mickey Mouse voted in 2008. Probably did again in 2012.

9 posted on 04/20/2013 5:26:32 PM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: wizr

There is a documentary on Disney on netflix.

They said multiple fake buyers (for disney) were created to buy all the land.


10 posted on 04/20/2013 5:39:09 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (0bama is a POS, with all due respect to excrement.)
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To: Sherman Logan

you’re kidding of course.....Florida let’s WDW do what they want because Florida and thousands of businesses make more money from WDW being in Florida then anything else........they wouldn’t let WDW leave........And Disneyland built Anaheim, CA


11 posted on 04/20/2013 5:40:00 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Sherman Logan

you’re kidding of course.....Florida let’s WDW do what they want because Florida and thousands of businesses make more money from WDW being in Florida then anything else........they wouldn’t let WDW leave........And Disneyland built Anaheim, CA


12 posted on 04/20/2013 5:40:17 PM PDT by The Wizard (Madam President is my President now and in the future)
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To: Sherman Logan
The Disney “cities” are pretty much a legal fiction, assembled to allow Disney to operate its business without interference from local and county officialdom.

Too bad the state of Florida and the surrounding areas didn’t receive any economic benefit in return for this concession.

You are freaking kidding right ? Do you have any idea how much money Disney brings to the surrounding economy every single day ? The surrounding area was nothing before Disney . Land was suited for nothing but growing out some cows and almost no one lived there.

Had the surrounding cities stuck their two cents in back then they would have found another place and those cities would still be shoveling manure.


13 posted on 04/20/2013 5:51:58 PM PDT by Lera (Proverbs 29:2)
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To: Renfield
That swamp land was worthless. Would still be worthless if not for WDW.

Transformed central Florida to the business mecca it is today.

14 posted on 04/20/2013 5:56:52 PM PDT by jaz.357 (Contrary To Ordinary)
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To: Renfield

Garbage. Just sounds like sour grapes from the original land owners or their children that sold for the going price or government insiders that were shut out. What generally happens in cases like these, the government people and lawyers find out and buy up the land from the original people at the going rate. Then they turn around and jack the price up 10 or 12 times higher and control zoning, permits, etc. to ensure the sexual act is completed to their satisfaction.


15 posted on 04/20/2013 6:04:25 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (The Team: Progressives, Margret Sanger, Josef Mengele and the Butcher of Philadelphia)
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To: jaz.357

I took a US road trip starting in January 1966. Late February brought me to Orlando, the largest business in which was Leon’s Fruit. I had to walk through a couple of miles of swampland from where I had been dropped off at the Freeway heading south to Miami before I saw any signs of civilization. I’m sure this is all built up now.

This was not a thriving town - I paid $4.50 a night for a hotel room as I recall - it was close by the RR tracks. The furniture bounced around when the Orange Blossom Special whistled through around midnight. ;^)

I would say Disney has been good for Orlando.


16 posted on 04/20/2013 6:08:55 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Mass murder and cannibalism are the twin sacraments of socialism - "Who-whom?"-Lenin)
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To: headsonpikes
I would say Disney has been good for Orlando.

This story was written with the class warfare / capitalists are evil point of view.

One of the issues is that back when the Disney bros were in charge, the company really was family friendly, but now it's part of the liberal MSM establishment.

17 posted on 04/20/2013 6:12:56 PM PDT by nascarnation (Baraq's economic policy: trickle up poverty)
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To: Renfield

OR Disney was far thinking enough to KNOW that governments were a tyrany and would be an endless source of problems.

Remember to this day anaheim is an “issue” in california.

They simply took out the banana republic local counties from the equation.

Imagine the moron local politicians who would be endlessly causing problems. Disney is free market control. If there was no demand for their product they would have failed.

There are issues but the author is to anti corporate to see the other side of the issue.

Florida would have had their capital city in orlando but for some back woods local good ol boy who wanted the capital to be inconvenient for the rif raf.


18 posted on 04/20/2013 6:13:36 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: RetiredTexasVet

Miami would have had disneyworld but they wanted too many conditions. (we call them bribes)


19 posted on 04/20/2013 6:15:15 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: wizr
This was after Walt Disney died right? I think he would turn over in his grave.

No. Walt chose the site and the land acquisition was mostly completed when he died in 1966. The reason Disney bought the land covertly using dummy corporations was to avoid speculators swooping in for the sole purpose of later extorting the Disney corporation.

20 posted on 04/20/2013 6:23:48 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Renfield
While what the author says is mainly true, he's framing a picture that isn't entirely correct. The land Disney acquired was swamp and the reason for the secrecy was to allow WD to create his vision without interference and to keep the landowners from jacking up the price. Also, there were some people who were privy to what was happening and they did purchase land outside of Disney's property.

This piece is written with the aim of demonizing Capitalism.

21 posted on 04/20/2013 6:25:52 PM PDT by liberalh8ter (The only difference between flash mob 'urban yutes' and U.S. politicians is the hoodies.)
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To: Renfield

The Disney Corp is America’s Ministry of Culture.


22 posted on 04/20/2013 7:07:18 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: bigtoona
No, he was a huge patriot I think

I just did a quick search and his father Elias Disney was an ardent socialist. Walt generally followed a more capitalist walk of life but he was reportedly a Congregationalist Christian which at least from a theological perspective places him in the liberal/progressive camp.

Disneyworld may be fantasyland but EPCOT was Disney's utopian vision for how communities should be.

23 posted on 04/20/2013 8:07:08 PM PDT by fso301
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To: fso301

Walt Disney rarely set foot in a church, and did not profess any denomination affiliation.

He was an unabashed conservative who served in the army, turned his studio over to the war effort in the forties to make training films and propaganda cartoons, fought the employees trying to unionize his studio, and testified before congress about Communist influence in Hollywood.

And if you had been issued an official Mickey Mouse Club membership card in 1931, you could read the creed printed on the back: “...I will be truthful and honorable and strive, always, to make myself a better and more useful little citizen. I will respect my elders and help… children smaller than myself. In short, I will be a good American!

A lot of people didn’t (and don’t) like Walt Disney, but “liberal/progressive?” Nope.


24 posted on 04/20/2013 9:13:00 PM PDT by Blue Ink
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To: Blue Ink
Walt Disney rarely set foot in a church, and did not profess any denomination affiliation.

I don't have a strong sense and the most research I've done on it was for this thread which is not much. I did find the following:

...I am personally thankful that my parents taught me at a very early age to have a strong personal belief and reliance in the power of prayer for Divine inspiration. My people were members of the Congregational Church in our home town of Marceline, Missouri. It was there where I was first taught the efficacy of religion... how it helps us immeasurably to meet the trial and stress of life and keeps us attuned to the Divine inspiration... Deeds rather than words express my concept of the part religion should play in everyday life.

http://www.adherents.com/people/pd/Walt_Disney.html

A lot of people didn’t (and don’t) like Walt Disney, but “liberal/progressive?” Nope.

I meant liberal/progressive from a theological standpoint. My understanding of Congregationalism is that it has a liberal/progressive theology which is compatible at some level with liberal/progressive politics.

25 posted on 04/20/2013 10:04:28 PM PDT by fso301
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To: Renfield

Prior to Disney that land wasn’t worth squat and Orlando and Kissimmee were barely cow towns.


26 posted on 04/21/2013 5:58:07 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO))
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To: Renfield

When Lucasfilm was shooting “Return of the Jedi,” they were being charged outrageous rates to do ANYTHING since the gougers figured anything to do with a Star Wars movie meant that bottomless pockets were involved. In order to combat this, the filmmakers used a fake title “Blue Harvest” a horror movie complete with hats, shirts, and a marketing tagline of ‘Horror Beyond Imagination.’

I can see Disney utilizing a similar principle in acquiring acres of land, even if the land is supposedly worthless.


27 posted on 04/21/2013 6:03:05 AM PDT by Future Snake Eater (CrossFit.com)
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