Disney World Continues Tradition of Suing Over “Excessive” Property Taxes

    It’s the most litigious time of the year. Disney lawyers have completed their homework and turned in nearly a dozen lawsuits against the Orange County Property Appraiser over what they claim to be excessively high assessments on a number of properties owned by Disney World.

    The complaints, which are all a bit repetitive, claim that the assessments of the property are too high, and thus, Disney’s property taxes are too high. As always, Disney has fully paid the taxes it claims are too high, and by filing a lawsuit, they hope to regain some of that money through the court system. Here are a few of the assessed values that Disney World is contesting:

    • Magic Kingdom: $467 million
    • EPCOT: $521 million
    • Disney’s Hollywood Studios: $479 million
    • Disney’s Animal Kingdom: $387 million
    • Port Orleans: $417 million
    • Grand Floridian: $295 million
    • Yacht & Beach Club: $293 million
    • Art of Animation: $273 million
    • Coronado Springs: $263 million
    • Pop Century Resort: $233 million
    • Caribbean Beach: $187 million
    • Contemporary: $182 million
    • Animal Kingdom Lodge: $164 million
    • Polynesian Village Resort: $154 million
    • Blizzard Beach: $58 million
    • Magic Kingdom parking lot: $52 million

    Records provided by Disney show that the company paid more than $50 million in property taxes just for its four theme parks in 2022. In total, Disney paid well north of $100 million in contested property taxes. Disney did not say how much of the paid amount was incorrect in their eyes.

    While the annual tradition of suing the Orange County Property Appraiser sometimes is fruitless, Disney World did win a lawsuit back in 2020 when it was ruled that then-Property Appraiser Rick Singh not only used an improper methodology, but an illegal methodology to determine evaluations.

    This month’s lawsuits are the second set of lawsuits Disney World has filed this year.

    As always, keep checking back with us here at BlogMickey.com as we continue to bring you the latest news, photos, and info from around the Disney Parks!

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