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Chapek speaks out about not attending Destination D23

Chapek speaks out about not attending Destination D23
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Chapek is speaking out about not attending Destination D23 this year. Find out what he had to say right here.

Destination D23

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Destination D23: A Fan-tastic Disney Celebration will be held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from November 19th-21st, 2021. This event will coincide with Magic Kingdom’s 50th Anniversary celebrations.

The event is sold out. However, general members and other fans can still enjoy select events. D23 is providing free access to select events through live streaming. You can tune in to a lot of the fun from your own home. See the full schedule HERE.

No Bob

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When this event was first announced Disney CEO Bob Chapek was announced to be in attendance for the official welcome. As we shared yesterday, Bob Chapek’s name has now been removed from the lineup.

Many Disney fans speculated that this may be due to Chapek’s diminished popularity with Disney fans due to recent changes in the company. This was clearly speculation, but then Disney has released a statement explaining why Bob Chapek will not be in attendance.

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Disney spokeswoman, Jacquee Wahler stated, “Bob has a conflict in LA on Friday night and couldn’t make it back to Orlando on time.” This is the “official” statement from Disney, but it appears that a CEO of a company would prioritize such an important event for Guests and fans.

Bob Speaks Out

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On the D23 Inside Disney podcast, Bob Chapek shared the following statement:

“I’m sorry. I had every intention of trying to make it this year, as you know I’ve made the last several. I really love that event. Unfortunately, this year given the new job and given the tugs I get from several different areas it’s impossible for me to make it, but I will be there in spirit.”

What do you think? Do you think he really does have a conflicting event? Join the conversation in the comments below and on Facebook.


  1. Cindi you are absolutely correct. Companies need to make money especially when they have stockholders. However, this can be done without the vast inconveniences to their customers. This Genie+ and the additional Genie (whatever its called) is confusing and costly. Many complaints are you spend more time on your phone then enjoying the parks. Just increase the price ot the tickets and keep fast pass. How do they make money on reservations for the parks?? This is the worst.
    Many of their changes are costly to the company and they don’t please the guests. EPCOT’s new fireworks display – ruins the view of the park sitting there all day. Then there is Splash Mountain, The Great Movie Ride, even Jungle Cruise – was that really a needed change in the middle of COVID losses?
    There are ways to re-coop lost monies without ruining the enjoyment for the guests.

  2. Yes I think it was a lame excuse and one that everyone can see through. I Don’t like some of the changes that are being made either. But, having said that, Disney is just like every company out there that lost huge amounts of money because of COVID. They have to raise their prices. They are constantly adding new attractions and that takes money.

  3. This man is flat out ruining everything single thing there is about the parks! Why does Disney not see this?? It’s from the paid parking at the way overpriced resorts to the portions of the food being scaled back to the ticket prices. The new nighttime show music at EPCOT is not good and not to mention no more magical express. Plus the Mickey waffles are disappearing in so of the parks. This is just the beginning of what he is doing. I do understand that Disney is a business, I also know what’s Walt’s values was and this man is not it. He needs to go!!!

  4. There is a four hour difference between the east and west coast. “Cutback” can at least find time to do a zoom call. If he is to busy (chicken) to face all those attendees he can just pre-record a message that no one will be able to hear over all the Boo’s he will get.

  5. What a joke. He’s the CEO of one of the largest and most profitable companies in the world. He’s the boss. He gets to pick and choose which meetings he attends. He had a choice between whoever the other person is, and everyone else at D23. He chose the other person. The fans Disney is fleecing should do the same. There are too many options in Central Florida to throw money at an ingrate.

  6. This is the best he can come up with? Doesn’t he have some underling that came up with a more creative response? He knows how poorly received he would be receive and I guess the poor multimillionaire’s skin isn’t thick enough to handle it.

  7. Disgraceful, obviously he knows he will get such a poor reception from Disney fans who, like me, who thinks he has done such a lot of damage to WDW, hiking prices up, removing fast passes the list goes on. Many in the UK just cannot afford now to spend their 2 week holiday in the WDW parks, no more insentives to visit anymore.

  8. Face it they know he is not going to get a warm reception…..the crowd is going to boooooooooo and justified the boooooos would be. He needs to go NOW ……..and let someone else have the job. Or he needs to man up, take the boos and say he understands the mistakes he has made.

  9. What a hollow and weak statement. Let’s face it … Mr. Chapek is the CEO of a multi-billion dollar entertainment and communications company. If he sincerely had “…every intention of TRYING to make it” they have the technology to make it happen. Or did the WDC techies forget how to do a live remote?

  10. disney with each passing year proves they care less and less about the old-school values that are basically the only thing that sets them apart. shame…..

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