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Disney’s Bob Chapek doesn’t know difference between Disney World and Disneyland, likens himself to Marvel’s Iron Man

Disney CEO Bob Chapek envisions himself as Marvel’s Iron Man, and we’ve discovered he’s pretty confused about the difference between Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

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During his tenure as the head of The Walt Disney Company, Disney CEO Bob Chapek has made the headlines, many of which cast him in a negative light. Disney Parks fans lay blame for increased theme park ticket prices at Chapek’s feet, and more recently, some Disney employees grew frustrated with him over his response to Florida’s Parental Rights in Education bill, which prohibits classroom instruction about sexual orientation and gender identity in younger grades, and was signed into law by Florida Gov Ron DeSantis in late March.

Since Florida’s legislation passed, CEO Bob Chapek and Gov Ron DeSantis have been engaged in a culture war that has resulted so far in division, misunderstandings, and soon, the dissolution of Disney’s Reedy Creek Improvement District.

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Over the weekend, however, Disney CEO Bob Chapek was honored with the opportunity to give the undergraduate graduation exercises commencement speech at Indiana University Bloomington, his alma mater.

Before he began his speech, the university faculty introduced Chapek and spoke about his background at Bloomington and his career with Disney since then. At that time, Indiana University conferred upon the Disney CEO an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters.

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His speech included a moving and heartfelt account of his childhood in Hammond, Indiana, and his reference to Indiana University Bloomington, his alma mater, as his door to a new life.

“[Indiana University Bloomington] was my ticket to a new life,” Bob Chapek said in his address. “I was kind of desperate. Desperate to demonstrate my worthiness and desperate not to waste a dime of my parents’ money on a school that was frankly testing my limits at the time.”

All was going well in the speech, but then Chapek drew a comparison between himself and Marvel’s Iron Man, and social media has had a heydey with that part of the speech since Chapek first utters the words.

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“But that desperation turned to determination and my dream of defying expectations and the odds took over,” he said. “And just like Iron Man draws his energy from that Arc Reactor, I get a thump from my drive to prove myself every single day. It’s a lifetime power supply that pushes me through doubts, difficulties, and around those who underestimate kids from the region.”

Disney CEO Bob Chapek likened Iron Man‘s energy supply coming from the Arc Reactor, saying that he, too, gets energy from his drive to prove himself. 

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But the Disney CEO didn’t stop there. In fact, things got a little worse during his speech at IU Bloomington.

Bob Chapek to the helm at The Walt Disney Company from veteran Disney Company veteran, the former CEO Bob Iger, in February 2020. Before he became the CEO of Mickey’s House, Bob Chapek served for five years as the president of The Walt Disney Company‘s Parks, Products, and Experiences Division.

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You can hear the entirety of his speech here:

But that didn’t stop him from seemingly becoming confused about the differences between the Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort, as he referred to Disney World as the “Happiest Place on Earth,” which is actually Disneyland Resort‘s nickname.

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!