Mickey and Bob Chapek
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As We Say Goodbye to Iger, Petition to Fire Disney CEO Bob Chapek Grows

At the end of 2021, Disney fans said goodbye to the former Disney CEO, Bob Iger. Iger’s fan base was a rather strong one as Disney fans believed Iger’s leadership to be of great value to The Walt Disney Company. Iger’s replacement as Chief Executive Officer, Bob Chapek, sadly isn’t keeping the same reputation. As Iger steps away, a “Fire Disney CEO Bob Chapek” petition is growing.

Chapek and Iger
Chapek (left) / Iger (right) – Credit: Collider

With the removal of complimentary experiences such as Disney’s Magical Express and the free FastPass service being replaced with the upcharge Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lanes, Disney fans haven’t been too thrilled with Bob Chapek’s decisions.

Most recently, Chapek was removed from D23 events and later in a message attempted to clarify the reasoning for missing the massive Disney event.

With the arrival of 2022 and Bob Iger no longer part of The Walt Disney Company, Disney fans are taking their concerns to an online petition to fire Chapek. The number of signers keeps on growing.

Disney CEO Bob Chapek
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Now reaching almost 90,000 signatures, the petition titled “Fire Disney CEO Bob Chapek” reads as follows:

“Bob Chapek became the Chairman of Parks and Resorts for Disney in 2015. He has consistently made decisions that decrease the quality of what is put into the parks, and also ones that favor using Intellectual properties instead of original attractions. He consistently put himself and money above the product, and quality of the company.”

“In early 2020 he became the CEO of the Walt Disney Company which was extremely concerning. Bob Chapek has made an excessive amount of budget cuts, even with the Covid-19 pandemic being considered. Budget cuts began before the pandemic began, and increased. He recently reinstated full executive salaries at Disney, and also has laid off over 28,000 employees throughout the company. And now he is moving the focus to Disney plus, the current big money maker, instead of keeping the parks at high quality.

Normally you would think to keep the quality of the parks during a time of decreased revenue, but he is concerned about what will make him the most money quickest. Maintenance at the parks has also gotten its worst under Chapek, and is not getting better. Chapek has proven he doesn’t care about the quality and legacy of Disney.

Josh D’Amaro, the current chairmen of parks and resorts, has not been able to do much under current circumstances, but has been very involved in the parks, assuring quality, greeting guests, and even riding through new attractions to assure high quality. He even went out of his way to console and apologize to cast members throughout Disney world and Disneyland that were effected by the layoff.

So far he has proven an interest, and commitment to the parks, and a want to make them better. While he hasn’t been there long he has made a wonderful impression, and could be a good replacement for Mr. Chapek. There are also probably many other executives in Disney that they could make their new CEO. Bob Chapek is hurting and tarnishing the name of the Company, and needs to be removed.

Bob Chapek
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Do you believe Chapek should go or are you ready to see how 2022 unfolds? Let us know in the comments.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, and weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.