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Bob Chapek Speaks Out On Not Attending Destination D23

On November 19, Destination D23 will kick off at the Contemporary Resort in Walt Disney World. While not as large as the D23 Expo that takes place every other year in Anaheim, California, Destination D23 will feature several exciting presentations by Disney Parks Chairman Josh D’Amaro and fun performances by Michael James Scott — Broadway’s original Genie.

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Just a couple of days before the event, Disney announced that CEO Bob Chapek would not be attending the event due to a scheduling conflict in Los Angeles on that Friday. However, many Disney fans did not fully believe that Chapek had a scheduling issue and commented that he did not want to show up to the event because of his growing unpopularity within the Disney community.

Bob Chapek recently sat down with the D23 Inside Disney podcast and talked about a number of great things happening at Disney. He also addressed his absence from the Destination D23 event.

“I’m sorry. I had every intention of trying to make it this year. As you know, I’ve made the last several. And 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.”

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Here is more information on what will be taking place at Destination D23 from the event’s website.

  • Full Presentation Schedule Below! This exciting weekend will be full of looks to the future and nods to nostalgia as we celebrate the Walt Disney World Resort’s 50th Anniversary and so much more! For the first time, Disney+ is joining in the fun with Disney+ Download at Destination D23 and closing out the weekend with a Disney+ Seasons Streamings Ugly Sweater Party!
  • Ready to put your knowledge to the test? Introducing the Walt Disney World Trivia Challenge where you can play along on your own device against your fellow Disney fans for the ultimate bragging rights!
  • Walt Disney Imagineering will not only be part of many of the presentations and the famed Mickey’s of Glendale pop-up store, but we are excited to have new spaces to visit throughout the weekend, including Walt Disney Imagineering presents: 50 Years of Dreaming and Doing exhibita pop-up Walt Disney Imagineering Illusioneering Lab, and opportunities to meet the artists behind Disney Paper Parks.
  • Seven Seas Marketplace – Exclusively available to Destination D23 attendees, a selection of sponsors and retailers will offer special products just for you!
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Destination D23 will take place from November 19 through November 21. Tickets went on sale in July and very quickly sold out. It is important to note that this event is different from the D23 Expo that takes place every other year in Anaheim, California. The D23 Expo in Anaheim will take place on September 9, 10, and 11 of 2022, with tickets going on sale on January 2o, 2022.

About Krysten Swensen

A born and bred New England girl living the Disney life in Southern California. I love to read, to watch The Golden Girls, and love everything to do with Disney and Universal. I also love to share daily doses of Disney on my Disney Instagram @BrazzleDazzleDisney!