Chapek Mixes Up Disneyland and Disney World During Speech

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The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek has received a lot of negative attention lately due to his approach regarding a recent Florida bill and many of the decisions he’s been involved with as Disney’s CEO. Now, Bob Chapek has upset Disney fans once again during a commencement speech at the Indiana University, his alma mater.

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek Credit: Disney

During his commencement speech, Disney CEO Bob Chapek incorrectly called Walt Disney World “The Happiest Place on Earth” instead of “The Most Magical Place on Earth.” Disneyland Resort is the Disney property that goes by “The Happiest Place on Earth” instead. Avid Disney Parks fans noticed the error right away.

CEO Bob Chapek also attracted some negative attention when he compared himself to Marvel superhero Iron Man. After describing a difficult childhood in Hammond, Indiana, Chapek said that “IU [the Indiana University] was my ticket to a new life…I was kind of desperate…But that desperation turned to determination and my dream of defying expectations and the odds took over. And just like Iron Man draws his energy from that Arc Reactor, I get a thump from my drive to prove myself every single day. It’s a lifetime power supply that pushes me through doubts, difficulties, and around those who underestimate kids from the region.”


Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man / Tony Stark Credit: Marvel

Responses to Chapek’s speech seemed positive at the time, but Disney fans who dislike Chapek for his performance as Disney’s CEO (and fans who most likely signed the petition against him as well) saw the Iron Man comparison as an arrogant one. You can watch the entire commencement speech from CEO Chapek in the video above from Indiana University! Chapek also received an honorary degree.

Were you aware of the different mottos for Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort?


About Sharon

Sharon is a writer and animal lover from New England. Sharon's two main focuses in her work are Disney's correlations with pop culture and the significance of Disney princesses (which was the basis for her college thesis). When she's not writing about Disney, Sharon spends her time singing, dancing, and cavorting with woodland creatures!

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