Several celebrities, including Josh Gad (voice of Olaf in Frozen), Matt Martin (Sr. Creative Executive of Lucasfilm), and Tom K. Morris (Former Walt Disney Imagineer) commented on Bob Iger’s return, mainly in favor of the change in leadership. Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner sent a simple message on the day after Iger returned, saying “Welcome back to Disney, @RobertIger!” Now, Eisner has commented once again on the change.
Michael Eisner tweeted out this message today: “The Walt Disney Company has suffered in recent years. This is a good time for us to remember the words of Walt Disney who said, ‘Everybody falls down. Getting back up is how you learn to walk.’”
The Walt Disney Company has suffered in recent years. This is a good time for us to remember the words of Walt Disney who said, “Everybody falls down. Getting back up is how you learn to walk.”
— Michael Eisner (@Michael_Eisner) November 29, 2022
Although Eisner didn’t specify what struggles Disney has been experiencing or how the company is now “getting back up,” the timing of the tweet seems to suggest it has to do with the change in leadership from Bob Chapek to Bob Iger.
Among Disney Parks fans, Chapek was largely an unpopular CEO as his time in the position saw several changes that were met with disapproval. The shift from the free FastPass+ to the paid Genie+ system, the introduction of Park Pass Reservations, and the removal of Magical Express are just a few of the changes that led some Disney fans to call for his exit.
However, The Walt Disney Company’s struggles cannot all be attributed to Chapek, as the company has also worked to navigate and recover from losses due to the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. Disney has also been in the midst of a streaming war with its relatively young service, Disney+, and investors are calling for the platform to become profitable soon.
Whether Eisner was referring to Bob Chapek or just the difficulty of the last few years in general, it’s clear that he expects Iger to be the solution to Disney’s woes. Many fans feel the same way and expect big changes to come from Iger’s return.
We’ll continue to watch for more news from Disney CEO Bob Iger. To learn more about the change in leadership, check out these posts:
- CEO Bob Iger Comments on Reedy Creek and “Don’t Say Gay” Controversy
- Is Disney CEO Bob Iger on a Collision Course with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis?
- The FIRST Thing Disney Fans Want to See from Bob Iger
- Why Disney Replaced Bob Chapek With Bob Iger
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