Josh D’Amaro Should Be Given a Chance to Atone for the Past Three Years

Josh D'Amaro
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“Fire Josh D’Amaro” is trending on Twitter. It seems Disney fans want a complete reboot, and for good reason. Things have been heading in the wrong direction for a while. I’ve also been a loud “Fire D’Amaro” supporter because I feel like he’s responsible for many of the downgrades and ill-conceived changes in the parks.

Josh D'Amaro

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He is pretty to look at and charismatic, and I think that allows him to skate through without taking heat for some of his bad decisions. Let’s face it, the buck may have stopped with Bob Chapek, but it began with D’Amaro. Much of what is wrong in the Parks probably rests more at D’Amaro’s feet than Chapek’s. This leads to the logical conclusion that he also should go.

Recently I’ve had a change of heart. A post on Twitter got me thinking, and the more I thought, the more my mind changed on the matter…at least temporarily. His promotion was, after all, a Chapek hire and, therefore, subject to Chapek’s whims. Twitter user @somestuffIsaid put it best, “it’s clear that D’Amaro has been hamstrung by Chapek for years.”

Perhaps he deserves a chance to put his domain in order under the direction of Iger. He was respected and well-liked by Cast Members in his roles as President of both Disneyland (2018-2019) and Walt Disney World (2019-2020). Both of those positions were held under the leadership of Bob Iger. Could Chapek have been forcing his hand? It certainly seems possible.

If I ran Disney (which I obviously don’t), I think I’d be inclined to give him a chance. Not a very long chance, mind you, but a chance. The devil you know, and all that. I’m eager to see if things change on the Parks side of things. I have complete faith Iger will right the ship from the entertainment side, but the Parks side still has me nervous. He’s not a Parks guy. He’s a Hollywood guy. Someone with a strong Parks background needs to be at his right hand to help guide them back onto the right path. I hope that person is Josh D’Amaro, but the last three years have made me skeptical.

About Jill Bivins

Jill Bivins has been visiting Disney Parks since she was 2 years old and loves sharing her Disney adventures with the world. She likes to say Disney is in her blood and writing is in her bones — so any time she has the opportunity to combine these loves she is one happy camper! She has a deep abiding love for Epcot and as a die hard Star Wars fan has a serious love for Hollywood Studios as well. When she isn't exploring or writing about Disney Parks, Jill is homeschooling her 8 year old son, playing with her brand new baby son, or pretending to be a farmer on her family homestead (despite being unable to keep even a cactus alive). Find Jill on Instagram @minnieonmain.