Answered By: Rich Gause
Last Updated: Dec 12, 2014     Views: 91

You've got to do a little research into the history of Walt Disney World first. You could read through some of the books about Disney World, such as Vinyl Leaves [GV 1853.3 .F62 W344 1992], but another possible source is the UCF Library's subscription to the Orlando Sentinel; conduct a search and then scan the headlines for likely articles, such as "Disney World Through the Years", September 29, 1996.

The facts you need to find are the year 1967 and the official name of the area created: Reedy Creek Improvement District.

Next, search the index of the 1967 Special Acts volumes of the Laws of Florida [Florida Documents SS5:L3/] for "Reedy Creek". The 100-page law that gave Disney tremendous independence from Orange and Osceola Counties is Chapter 67-1965.

NOTE: The Florida Legislature passes General Laws each year that usually end up codified in the Florida Statutes, but the Special Acts are not included in the Florida Statutes.

Some information about the Reedy Creek Improvement District is available online.

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