Several park leadership changes are in the works — and it appears that one of them has already taken effect!
The unprecedented closure of Disney World has continued for more than two months now and we are missing the parks.
Disney has never had to contend with a global crisis such as this one. In the past, closures have been extremely limited and the largest singular change to daily operations came in the wake of the 9/11 attacks with added security measures. Now, we’re looking at a Disney World that could be VERY different when we return. So, when will Disney World be normal again?
Earlier this month, The Walt Disney Company announced a wave of leadership shifts.
These changes included appointing new park presidents for both Disney World and Disneyland, naming Josh D’Amaro the Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products, and shifting Rebecca Campbell into the role of Chairman for the Direct-To Consumer sector. And now, Disney announced a change to its financial leadership.
We’ve seen a lot of Disney World president Josh D’Amaro over the past few weeks as he’s sent us some friendly messaging during the Disney World closure.
Now, Josh D’Amaro is no longer leading Disney World. In a press release today, Disney announced its new leadership team, including D’Amaro moving into the position of Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products — the role previously held by the current CEO of the Walt Disney Company, Bob Chapek.
Abigail Disney, the granddaughter of the late Roy Disney, has been critical of The Walt Disney Company, even before the events surrounding our current situation began unfolding.
And while she’s already been openly expressing her opinions in regards to some of the tough decisions Disney has been forced to make, she posted a long thread of criticism on Twitter yesterday which has a LOT of people talking.
At this time, Disney World and Disneyland will remain closed until further notice and will be compensating their employees until April 18th, after which all non-essential Cast Members will be short-term furloughed.
And while the parks are accepting new reservations starting after June 1st, they’ve just released all of their incoming college interns and cultural representatives from their Disney programs which were scheduled to begin in early June.
Combined with other efforts to budget-cut due to theme park losses compounded by hits to nearly all of Disney’s primary entertainment silos, news broke recently that some of Disney’s most highly-paid executives were taking major salary cuts, including current CEO Bob Chapek and CEO-turned-Chairman Bob Iger.