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Another petition? Online plea to replace Chapek with this veteran Disney Exec is also making the rounds

Yesterday, we shared the news that a petition at Change.org was started to remove Disney CEO Bob Chapek from his position. It has grown in popularity as Disney news sites like DisneyDining.com have shared the information with fans.

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The popularity is due in part to the growing pushback from Disney fans–especially long-time Disney fans–who feel that Chapek is “running the company into the ground” and “doing things that would make Walt turn in his grave.”

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Chapek has been accused of serving his own wants and desires, and he’s been called “greedy” so often, that most who feel that way about him now simply transpose part of his last name: they call him “Bob Paycheck.”

The petition was begun by an anonymous writer in Cary, North Carolina, and it details thoughts about Chapek’s performance and perceived failures:

“[Chapek] 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.”

The petition goes on to detail Chapek’s budget cuts, his decision to layoff nearly 30,000 Cast Members, and his decision to keep executives at their respective full salaries.

But aside from detailing the multiple grievances the conglomerate fan base supposedly has against Mr. Chapek upon which the petition to fire him is based, the petition has a hidden petition within it.

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It’s a petition to move Josh D’Amaro into the role of CEO of The Walt Disney Company in Chapek’s absence, should he be removed.

D’Amaro is currently the Chairman of Parks, Experiences, and Products for The Walt Disney Company. It’s the position Chapek had before taking on the role of CEO. But D’Amaro’s career with Disney spans nearly a quarter of a century; he’s just about done it all!

He has served as Vice President of Disney’s Animal Kingdom. He was serving in that capacity during the World of Avatar expansion in the park. He was then named Chief Creative Officer for the Walt Disney World Resort before becoming President of Disneyland Park. He then became President of the Walt Disney World Resort before taking on the role left vacant by Chapek’s promotion.

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The online petition to fire Chapek–the petition that also attempts to rally support for hiring D’Amaro in Chapek’s position–paints the 50-year-old California native as an ambitious, successful, and compassionate leader:

“[D’Amaro] 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 affected by the layoff.”

Sure, he sounds like someone Disney fans could rally behind. But we aren’t sure how fans feel about D’Amaro just yet. Sadly, fans’ disgruntled feelings are much more easily aired, and so far, D’Amaro doesn’t seem to have a conglomerate fan base against him.

We just wonder how many who signed the petition to fire Chapek knew they were also signing a petition to hire D’Amaro.

Did you sign the petition? Do you plan to?

About Becky Burkett

I'm an enthusiastic writer who finds joy in random things like cold weather, snow, "I Love Lucy," "The Andy Griffith Show," journals full of blank paper, countdowns to Christmas, the month of December, "Toy Story," "Sleeping Beauty," my 4 kids, my 4 shih tsus, Disney Parks history, Imagineering and visiting the parks. I think Walt Disney is the standard against which genius should be measured. I love to write about Disney Parks, Disney history, all things Imagineering and PIXAR. I adore the colors, story and art direction of Disney's "Sleeping Beauty" (Team Make it Blue!), and "Toy Story" is life (minus "Toy Story 4"). I believe Walt Disney was so much more than an entertainment and theme park tycoon; I believe he was a savant with a vision for life and how it could be if happiness and kindness are strived for. I love Biergarten at EPCOT and 1900 Park Fare at Disney's Grand Floridian. You can find me croonin' with the birdies at the Enchanted Tiki Room, chillin' on the PeopleMover or hangin' with Woody and the gang at Toy Story Land. I'm always looking for Imagineers in the parks, and I'd rather meet Joe Rohde and Tony Baxter than anyone in Hollywood! Hey, if you dream it, you really can do it!