Disney World Continues Annual Tradition of Suing Over Property Taxes

Disney World is, once again, suing Orange County over property appraisals that it claims are too high (via Orlando Sentinel).

The lawsuits have become an annual tradition for Disney, dating back to 2016.

In a court filings submitted this week, Disney is suing Orange County Property Appraiser Rick Singh to contest the ad valorem tax assessment for the 2019 tax year.

While Disney has already paid the taxes it is suing over, it claims that the property assessment is too high. Here’s a look at the theme park assessments made by Singh:

  • Magic Kingdom – $504 million
  • EPCOT – $539 million
  • Disney’s Hollywood Studios – $394 million
  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom – $435 million

Singh spokeswoman Beth Watson told the Orlando Sentinel that the Disney World property has been undervalued for decades by previous property appraisers.

Again this year, the Disney organization has chosen use the court system to dispute the value of its property in Orange County and thereby pay reduced property taxes that would benefit area infrastructure and public schools.

The Orange County Property Appraiser looks forward to defending these values in court on behalf of the citizens of Orange County, so that Disney’s responsibility to the community is upheld.
Beth Watson, Rick Singh spokeswoman

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