How The CIA Helped Orchestrate The Extralegal Creation Of Disney World

disney worldVia the Daily Beast, T.D. Allman explains how top CIA alumni helped Disney buy up large swathes of South Florida land in secretive fashion and create its own private cities and quasi-government:

Disney’s key contact was the consummate cloak-and-dagger operator, William “Wild Bill” Donovan. Sometimes called the “Father of the C.I.A,” he was also the founding partner of Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine, a New York law firm whose attorneys included future C.I.A. director William Casey.

In order to maintain “control over the overall development,” Disney and his advisers realized, “the company would have to find a way to limit the voting power of the private residents.” Here again the CIA was there to help. Disney’s principal legal strategist for Florida was a senior clandestine operative named Paul Helliwell. Helliwell came up with the approach that to this day allows the Disney organization to avoid taxation and environmental regulation as well as maintain immunity from the U.S. Constitution.

Helliwell advised Disney to establish at least two phantom “cities,” then use these fake governments to control land use and make sure the public monies the theme park generated stayed in Disney’s private hands. On paper Disney World’s “cities” would be regular American home towns—except their only official residents would be the handful of hand-picked Disney loyalists who periodically “elected” the officials who, in turn, ceded complete control to Disney executives.

In early 1967, the Florida legislature created Hallowell’s two “cities,” both named for the artificial reservoirs Disney engineers created by obstructing the area’s natural water flow. When you visit Disney’s Magic Kingdom, you are visiting the City of Bay Lake, Florida. The other was the City of Lake Buena Vista.

By turning the State of Florida and its statutes into their enablers, Disney and his successors pioneered a business model based on public subsidy of private profit coupled with corporate immunity from the laws, regulations, and taxes imposed on actual people that now increasingly characterizes the economy of the United States.

14 Comments on "How The CIA Helped Orchestrate The Extralegal Creation Of Disney World"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Apr 16, 2013 at 12:17 pm |

    Socialized cost, privatized profit, it’s what makes the US go ’round.

  2. bitthecoin | Apr 16, 2013 at 12:33 pm |

    the Greedy Creek Improvement District

  3. I actually like this. I mean, I just think Disney is cool. The whole idea of building a place like this. The idea of Utopia. This was a fucking cartoonist that started all this. L. Ron Hubbard fascinates me too. Sure its dark but I just like the idea of creating empires out of nothing.

  4. Calypso_1 | Apr 16, 2013 at 1:22 pm |

    Sounds like the basis of any “planned community” corporately owned with covenant laws. These too are usually based around elements of communal water requirements as created in the Clean Water Act.

  5. ⚔Christophuh⚔ | Apr 16, 2013 at 5:37 pm |

    Disney World is not in South Florida.

  6. The primary content of the article is no particular surprise, if The Mouse hadn’t found these people, they would have bought others, perhaps somewhere else in FL. There’s a reason why Fark has a special category for that state and why “Florida Man” is so popular on Twitter.

    William “Wild Bill” Donovan was alive recently enough to have been part of making this happen? For me, this is the most amazing part of the article.

    He was one of the lesser-known cloak-and-dagger leaders of the WWII fight against Fascism as the head of OSS.

    Did he change sides to fight against freedom after going into business for himself? Or was his problem with wealthy corporatists integrated into government that the corporatists in question weren’t home-grown people he was connected to?

    No reasonable conception of public interest could be driving this. We know what happens when a government/society becomes run exclusively for short-term interests of the wealthy, whether the government is the Hitler Administration or that of the Roman Empire.

    The wealthy who live to spend their gains are usually the ones who were smart enough to bug out in time. Of course, in the age of a single transnational elite running the whole world and putting their own futures and those of their own descendants at risk, where are they going to go to bug out to escape the consequences of their actions, Mars?

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 16, 2013 at 7:22 pm |

      It’s better up there.
      While I find it unlikely that they’ll actually get into space, I feel it’s likely they will wall themselves into larger cities or high tech compounds guarded by mercenaries and drones.

      Huh, I figured the mods didn’t let this by.

    • Anarchy Pony | Apr 16, 2013 at 8:54 pm |

      They’ll probably build fortified arcologies and guard them with mercenary/drone armies.

      • Parasites die without a host.

        • Anarchy Pony | Apr 16, 2013 at 10:25 pm |

          I don’t think it’ll really work as a long term solution, and I’m sure the kind of people who’d try assume they can cast off the useless eaters by perfecting automation.

  7. InfvoCuernos | Apr 17, 2013 at 12:52 am |

    Does this mean Mayor McCheese doesn’t really have any authority?!?!?

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