CFTOD Will Move Forward with Employee Theme Park Pass Removal Plans, May Allow Employees to Purchase Main Gate Passes from Disney

    In a meeting this evening, Central Florida Tourism Oversight District Administrator Glen Gilzean announced that the District will move forward with the planned removal of the Main Gate employee perk, as previously announced. Gilzean also noted that he has been having conversations with District employees to better understand what perks are important to them.

    Gilzean said that he would be working with the Board of Supervisors to increase the previously allocated lump sum that replaced the Main Gate pass. Gilzean said that the new lump sum figure would be announced at the next Board of Supervisors meeting on September 27th, which is also the final budget reading.

    Gilzean said that they are working on creating a program that would allow employees to buy into the Main Gate pass system in lieu of a lump sum.

    The proposed fiscal year 2024 budget is going through its first reading this evening, which includes the $2.5 million reduction in Administrative costs due to the discontinuance of the Main Gate employee perk.

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    Disney World did not return a request for comment about the proposed plan.

    Recently retired longtime Reedy Creek Improvement District employee Jeff Holland spoke at the meeting tonight and he asked the Board of Supervisors about plans to remove retirement perks that also allowed access to the theme parks. Board Chairman Martin Garcia said that there were no announced plans for retired employees.

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