This evening, the Central Florida Tourism Oversight District will consider the final proposed budget for 2024. The District will present a variety of budget cuts and new spending for the next year, including the removal of Main Entrance passes to Walt Disney World for District employees and the introduction of more than $5 million in new spending to fight Disney in court.
One of the cutbacks that the 2024 budget contains is a $3.1 million reduction in spending on “paving rehab” in the Planning & Engineering/Roadways budget. In 2023, the former Reedy Creek government spent $16.6 million for “repair & maintenance” in the roadway and engineering budget. In 2024, the new CFTOD Board proposes a budget of $13.4 million and says the budget is “decreased due to option to due [sic] less paving rehab”.
So what roadways will this impact on Walt Disney World property? In the map below, CFTOD-owned roadways are highlighted in red. The main World Drive artery would be impacted along with a majority of the important roadways across Walt Disney World property including Buena Vista Drive, EPCOT Center Drive, Western Way, and Osceola Parkway.
Now, a reduction in spending doesn’t mean that the roadways will fall into disrepair as a whole, but with millions and millions of guests using the Walt Disney World roadways, they do require significant maintenance. Of course, guest vehicles aren’t the only vehicles on these roadways, Disney World buses and heavy construction vehicles also use the roadways constantly. There are a few roadway repair projects underway now, including a much-needed repair taking place along World Drive southbound between Magic Kingdom and Buena Vista Drive. We’ll keep an eye on how this budget reduction that specifically targets “paving rehab” will affect the roadways around Walt Disney World in the year ahead.
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