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Guest’s anti-Chapek sign at runDisney event at Disney World this weekend goes viral

We’ve known for a while now that many Disney fans are not fans of Disney CEO Bob Chapek at all.

But just in case there was any confusion, one Guest combined his freedom of speech, his disapproval of Chapek, and his presence at the runDisney event this weekend at The Walt Disney World Resort and made sure his message was clear: participants in this weekend’s event can run Disney better than Chapek can.

Just look at the sign he made to hold up as participants rushed past him.

This tweet is from Kevin Lively, a former Walt Disney Imagineer who was one of the many Imagineers who chose not to leave his roots in California to move to Florida and office out of Disney’s new Lake Nona property. This sign caught his attention, and he had to ask, “WHO MADE THIS?”

He got a reply with a photo of the man who was holding the sign at Magic Kingdom during the runDisney event from @EuroDisArchives. You can see the reply below:

The sign is making the rounds across social media today, and many are happy to share it because they agree with the sentiment in the message.

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Bob Chapek became the Chief Executive Officer at The Walt Disney Company in February 2020, after current CEO Bob Iger announced during a meeting with Wall Street Executives that he was stepping down. The move surprised many, but few were shocked, as Iger had been working on an exit strategy since before 2018. His departure came just as the coronavirus pandemic began to sweep across the United States. Iger was asked to stay on as Chairman of the Board for Disney.

Since Chapek’s installation, fans have grown more and more frustrated with him, going so far as to call him, “Bob Pay-check,” saying only money is his motivation. A growing number of Disney fans feel that Chapek is running the company “into the ground” and that he is unfit for the role before him. There’s even an online petition at Change.org that was started, calling for the removal of Chapek from his post.

Bob Chapek holding cash

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When Bob Iger finally resigned on December 31, fans posted their feelings across social media, saying things like, “They’re getting rid of the wrong ‘Bob’.” And it’s no secret that many Disney fans feel uneasy about the hands to which Mr. Iger passed the torch.

Disney's Bob Iger on Retirement and Company's Future Under Bob Chapek -  Variety

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Only time will tell if Chapek can win the approval of Disney fans who’ve come to dislike his way of doing things, and so far, no one’s holding her breath.

 

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!