Journalist Calls Out Disney for Being “Nakedly Greedy”

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Disney fans have been criticizing Disney and reporting less and less satisfying experiences on their Disney vacations for quite a while now — particularly in connection with rising Disney prices — and these complaints have not gone unnoticed!

According to Yahoo! Finance journalist Kevin Wong in a recent article, Disney cannot necessarily be blamed for trying to make as much money as possible from its customers. However, Kevin Wong also pointed out that “the extent to which they are so nakedly greedy—so bold and open about it—is unnerving.”

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and new Disney CEO Bob Chapek

Former Disney CEO Bob Iger and new Disney CEO Bob Chapek. Iger tends to be thought of more positively than Chapek, who has faced a large amount of opposition from Disney fans. Photo Credit: Disney.

Wong also made an equally “unnerving” observation that will upset many ardent Disney fans: due to “the resilience of Disney’s brand,” Disney can theoretically “show open disrespect to their fans and suffer little consequence.” “The company is simply too big to fail,” Wong continued. “The number of people who would make a bold choice and boycott all things Disney is so minute that it might as well not exist.”

Many Disney fans are indeed attempting to boycott Disney content or Disney vacations, due to finances, personal opinions, and many other individual factors (including a dislike of Disney CEO Bob Chapek, who is shown above).

One appropriate example of Disney Guests’ simultaneous boycotting and support is Genie+; even though complaints are rampant and many Disney Guests are keen on avoiding the use of the Disney Genie service (and avoiding the add-on called Genie+), Chairman Josh D’Amaro still reported that the new Genie+ offering has been doing “phenomenally well” for Disney.

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Journalist Kevin Wong also pointed out a change that Disney may have made in its approach to business: “Disney no longer wants the maximum number of Guests, spending a lot of money per day. Instead, Disney wants a slightly lower number of Guests, spending a grotesque amount of money per day.”

This approach ties in nicely with the 20-percent-lower capacity that has been adopted by Tokyo Disney Resort (where fewer Guests are allowed in, but Guests are able to spend more time shopping and dining at a leisurely pace). However, it might not make a lot of Disney fans happy.

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Mickey Mouse at Tokyo Disney Resort during Halloween. Credit: Disney

According to Wong, Disney is being “greedy as all hell” and “the only way to not be ripped off is to simply not go.”

Do you agree that Disney vacations and Disney Park visits are rip-offs these days, and do you think that you would ever actually be able to completely boycott Disney Parks at Walt Disney World Resort (or Disneyland Resort) or Disney products?

If you had to choose one Disney Resort to spend your vacation money on, would it be Walt Disney World Resort or Disneyland Resort — and would you prefer to spend money in the Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom, EPCOT, or Hollywood Studios? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

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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