Disney Fantasy to Create 500+ Jobs in Central Florida
We let you know a few weeks ago about the economic impact of the current Disney Parks expansions, but new information has recently come out that Disney Cruise Line will be a source of many new jobs as well. According to an economic impact study conducted by Martin Associates, Disney Cruise Line’s newest ship, the Disney Fantasy, will generate over 500 direct, indirect, and induced jobs in the Port Canaveral, FL area, as well as attracting thousands of additional cruise guests to the port.
“Not only is the arrival of the Disney Fantasy an important milestone for our business, it will also have a positive impact on the Central Florida community,” said Karl Holz, president of Disney Cruise Line. “With our fourth ship, we are able to generate more jobs and economic activity for the region while delivering even more cruising options for families to share unforgettable cruise experiences with us.”
In early 2011, Disney Cruise Line worked with Port Canaveral to expand the dock area and terminal facility to accomodate the Disney Fantasy and its sister ship, the Disney Dream. About the impact of these new ships, Port Canaveral Chief Executive Officer Stan Payne says:
“We are excited to welcome the Disney Fantasy home. The arrival of the Disney Dream last year made a significant economic impact on Central Florida and we know the Disney Fantasy will add to that dramatically. We have seen our local businesses benefit when a ship of this magnitude and special Disney magic becomes part of our community.”
The maiden voyage of the Disney Fantasy will depart on March 31, 2012.