Former Disney CEO Says He “Wouldn’t Throw Away Your Disney Tickets” Yet

Eisner and Chapek
Images Credit: @Michael_Eisner (left) / Disney (right)

It seems like as of recently, we’ve heard from more upset Disney fans than ever before. Major changes have unfolded in the Disney Parks, entertainment, and beyond. With the introduction of the upcharge Disney Genie+ and Lightning Lane service, the farewell of the complimentary Magical Express, price hikes, and many other seemingly disappearing Disney experiences, it’s no wonder Disney fans are angry. One former Disney CEO is stepping in to say he “wouldn’t throw away your Disney tickets to the theme parks quite so early.”

50th Anniversary characters
Credit: Disney

We recently said goodbye to the former Disney CEO, Bob Iger. Iger’s reputation was outstanding with The Walt Disney Company and Chapek has big shoes to fill. Unfortunately, from a fire Chapek petition to a runDisney sign saying “You run Disney better than Chapek”, the guy can’t seem to catch a break. Is it time for us Disney fans to toss the tickets and move on? One former Disney CEO backs up Chapek’s performance.

Bob Chapek and Bob Iger
Chapek (left) / Iger (right) – Credit: Disney

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The former Walt Disney Company Cheif Executive Officier, Michael Eisner, was part of the Disney company between September 1984 and September 2005. With over 20 years at The Walt Disney Company, Eisner had a few things to say about his replacement CEO, Bob Iger, the current CEO, Bob Chapek, and the Disney company in a recent interview.

Michael Eisner
Credit: @Michael_Eisner

Michael Eisner’s two Disney CEO successors, Bob Iger and Bob Chapek were spoken highly of by the former CEO. According to Deadline, Eisner said in an interview with CNBC, “I am a big fan of Disney. I am a fan of both Bobs. Yes I hired him [Chapek]. Is he the same executive as I am, or Bob [Iger] is, or anybody is? He is his own guy. He was very good at Disney when I was there. He took our home video business from a rental to a sell-through business. That was very risky. He did a very good job in the parks. I am a shareholder. I think he’s going to do very well.”

Iger and Eisner Celebrating Disneyland's Golden Anniversary
Iger and Eisner Celebrating Disneyland’s Golden Anniversary (Credit: Disney)

Eisner goes on to talk about his successors at Disney with, “Bob [Iger] did extremely well. We did OK. I wouldn’t discount Disney. Disney went through… this pandemic. That does change a lot of things. I wouldn’t throw away your Disney tickets to the theme parks quite so early.”

Even though Michael Eisner is now running the holding company, Tornante, it’s obvious he is still very plugged into The Walt Disney Company. Eisner recently shared his thoughts to Twitter regarding the passing of former Disney board member, Sidney Poitier, with “Always under the watchful eye of Sidney Poitier as a wonderful Disney board member. We will all miss him.

While many Disney fans are tired of what seems like the struggle Disney is facing at the moment between walking the line of creating magic and creating a money trap, we do know the love and nostalgia for Disney are still alive and well! This is all the more apparent when you look at the massive crowds still flooding to the Disney Parks and huge successes recently with the release of films such as Spider-Man: No Way Home and Encanto.

With Chapek at the helm, are you taking Eisner’s advice of not throwing away your Disney tickets quite so early? Let us know in the comments.

About Jamie Sylvester

I'm a Disney nerd! A kid at heart who loves the magic and memories of Walt Disney World. I follow all things Disney and enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. My goal is to experience as many Disney desserts and cocktails as possible! Married to another Disney nerd and blessed with a daughter and son, we thoroughly enjoy the magic at Disney and are here to help others experience the magic as well.