Yes, the Disney corporation has their right of freedom to express their opinions just like any other entity. DeSantis is not denying them this right.Disney overstepped no bounds. As a business, it has the same rights and freedom of expression as any other entity in America. And DeSantis, Republicans and no one else has the right to say otherwise ... no more than I have the right to say you have overstepped your bounds if you say something I disagree with.
DeSantis does have something you and I don't have; the power of the FL governor's office and heavy influence over the state legislators such that they can act together to impose their political will. That's what's happening now and, as your comments well demonstrate, DeSantis is winning the favor of many with his heavy-handed, vindictive actions.
There was a time when the Republican Party was considered the party of business. That is collapsing fast as working class, conservative Republicans channel their anger through party politics, and waging a culture war, are willing to destroy longstanding relationships and institutions (including free and fair democracy).
Locally in Florida, people are scratching their heads trying to figure out what will happen if Disney actually loses the special status they have enjoyed for 50 years. The municipalities in which Disney is located have tiny populations, and they may inherit over $1 billion in debt, which Disney carries now, if this legislative action actually takes hold.
But is it wise for them to jump out of their happy little kingdom and into the world of Florida politics to loudly campaign against a very popular Parental Rights in Education Bill that bans the discussion of sexual orientation or gender identity in grades K - 3? Not only is Disney getting out of their lane, but they're also alienating the vast majority of FL voters and tens of millions of parents nationwide. Disney is in the entertainment business, and this posturing is bad for business.
The Disney corporate officers should have advised the noisy minority of their employees who started this mess to keep their politics out of the workplace, and then kept their own mouths shut. Their prime directive is to make money for their shareholders, not to get involved with radical left-wing politics, especially when it involves indoctrinating children in FL schools. Didn't they realize there might be consequences from opposing this widely supported legislation?
DeSantis and the FL legislature are not imposing their political wills, they're reflecting the the sentiments of FL residents who don't want teachers imposing perverted sex education on their 5-yr old kids. Disney stepped out of bounds into this political issue and is now paying the price for getting themselves involved in state politics. However, they're a huge corporation and they can afford it; their theme parks bring in about $20M PER DAY, so it's about time they gave up some of their special tax breaks and paid their fair share.