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President Biden Hosts Disney CEO To Discuss Vaccine Mandate

As Disney fans prepare to flock to Walt Disney World Resort for its 18-month 50th Anniversary Celebration beginning October 1, COVID 19 and its variant are still very present in Orange County, Florida. As of recently, Orlando has urged residents and Guests to use less water as the COVID case increase has resulted in a liquid oxygen shortage. Even Disney’s firefighters have battled a COVID outbreak. Most recently, however, the Walt Disney Company is now requiring all Cast Members, including Union Cast Members, to be vaccinated. This new mandatory vaccination has opened some doors for entertainment to return to the Parks, such as the recent announcement of the return of EPCOT’s Candlelight Processional. We’re now learning the Disney CEO, Bob Chapek, is meeting with President Biden to discuss the COVID 19 vaccine mandate.

Disney’s Bob Chapek (left) and Bob Iger (right) – Photo Credit: Collider.com

As reported by The Hollywood Reporter: “Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek will be at the White House on Wednesday to meet with President Joe Biden, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Chapek will be part of a panel of business leaders set to discuss the White House’s vaccine mandate, which instructs OSHA (the Occupational Health and Safety Administration) to require companies with at least 100 employees to have their workers either receive a vaccination against COVID-19 or be tested for the virus regularly. Other executives at the meeting will include Microsoft CEO Brad Smith and Walgreens CEO Roz Brewer.”

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“The President will discuss their leadership on putting into place strong COVID-19 requirements that help keep a safe workplace,” according to a White House official. “This event will also serve as a rallying cry for more businesses across the country to step up and institute similar measures.”

Bob Chapek (Credit: Disney)

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We’re not completely surprised that the Walt Disney CEO is part of the vaccine mandate discussion as we have seen Disney influences in political unfoldings several times in the past. Recently, we learned that Disney is lobbying to kill parts of the Biden administration $3.5 trillion economic agenda. With the massive size and influence of the Walt Disney Company, we’re curious to see how its involvement in this vaccine mandate will unfold.

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and RunDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining to Fastpasses we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. Usually there isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 15 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.