Although it’s no secret that within the kingdom of Disney fand0m, there’s a great amount of dissatisfaction with the job performance, leadership, and recent decisions on the part of Disney’s CEO Bob Chapek, no one could have known for sure how many fans would rally together behind a petition calling for his removal.
But the petition that is circulating online, calling for Chapek to resign his post (or to be removed by Disney executives) has almost hit viral status as it makes the rounds online, entreating fans to use the power of their signatures to voice their disapproval of things that have transpired under Chapek’s reign as CEO.
The petition was originally begun more than a year ago but gained no substantial ground. This week, however, the petition has garnered so much attention, that the signatures of angry, frustrated, and/or disgruntled Disney fans are being added constantly.
When news of the upswing in signatures first broke on Tuesday of this week, the petition only boasted about 5,000 signatures. As of an update post yesterday here at DisneyDining.com, that number had grown exponentially, to more than 39,000 signatures.
Today, as of the posting time for the article, that number has risen to 46,643 signatures. Change.org’s narrative under the number of signatures states “At 50,000 signatures, this petition becomes one of the top signed” on the Change.org platform.
That number may not sound large when you consider that more than 50 million people visit the parks at Walt Disney World each and every year. With this in mind, you can see that 50,000 fans in favor of Chapek’s removal equates to only 0.001% of just the fans that visit Disney World annually.
Now take into account that Disney World is only one of seven Disney Parks globally, and you begin to see that when it comes to being an influential number of fans, even with 50,000 signatures, the current petition is almost an inaudible “peep.”
That’s not to say there won’t be more signatures–and of a significant amount. The number of signatures has grown from 5,000 to nearly 50,000 in less than 3 days. If it were to continue this trend, we could see 500,000 signatures by Saturday or Sunday of this week.
Again, we’re not saying that would happen. But, if we’re just looking at the trend, it is in the realm of possibility. Surely with 500,000, The Walt Disney Company would have to respond in some way, even if it’s only to take a deeper look at all that has transpired since last February when Chapek first assumed the role.