In an amusing turn of events, some Disney fans had a lively discussion, speculating how replacing Bob Chapek would go.
Disney CEO Bob Chapek is one of the most well-known names in the Disney world, and not for the best reasons. The controversial CEO has made many decisions that have left fans more than unhappy with him and The Walt Disney Company. From overseeing the Disney Genie suite, to the increase in media coverage for bad Guest behavior, Mr. Chapek’s tenure has been tumultuous, to say the least.
Disney fans have been very vocal in expressing their dislike of Chapek. In fact, on the first day of D23, fans even booed the CEO when he walked on stage. Now, (maybe taking a leaf out of the Disney Parks panel’s book) fans had something like a blue sky conversation about what they would do if they suddenly replaced Bob Chapek as CEO.
As u/Serendipic_Epiphany asked on the social media platform, Reddit, “You suddenly replace Bob Chapek as CEO. What [is] the very first thing you do?”
Disney fans on Reddit had a lot of ideas — the post had over 300 comments within 15 hours of posting.
u/trer24 mentioned, “Hire more employees across the board especially ride maintenance/operations and give everyone a raise.” u/JorgeDetroit31 agreed, adding on: “This. Restore the happiness of the staff. It will bring the magic back.”
The sentiment of the Disney magic having disappeared or being reduced drastically is not new. Disney fans have said time and again that the Disney magic is gone, and fingers always point to the current CEO.
Users on Reddit’s answers ranged even further from increasing the maintenance budget to bringing back Disney’s late nights. One user, u/Heatherskelly, even went so far as to say, “Set as many safe guards in place as possible to assure someone like Bob Chapek can’t become the CEO again.”
This is by no means the first time fans have expressed replacing the CEO. Earlier this year as some may know, fans released a petition to replace Bob Chapek with Abigail Disney.
Mr. Chapek’s tenure as Disney CEO has left many unhappy, but it appears Disney is set on its path. Only time will tell what the impact of the decisions are on the future of the Walt Disney Company and the Disney Parks.