DeSantis wants to end Disney World's special status in Florida

In a surprise move, Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis has expanded a special session of the legislature this week to target the state's premier attraction, Disney World.

Lawmakers will consider a bill that would end all "independent special districts" in the state formed before 1968.

In 1967, Disney got the support of Florida's then-Republican governor, Claude Kirk, and the legislature to establish the Reedy Creek Improvement District.

It gave Disney near-total control of nearly 40 square miles as it built and then operated its theme park.

It exempts the park and its environs from nearly all state regulations. Property taxes and elevator inspections are exceptions.

DeSantis announced the move to try to dissolve the district at a press conference Tuesday with Republican leaders in Florida's House and Senate.

Disney has long been one of the leading businesses in Florida with one of the most powerful voices in the state capitol.

DeSantis has criticized the entertainment giant in recent months for what he has called its "woke" policies