Bob Chapek Speaks Out on Not Attending Destination D23 2021

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Disney CEO Bob Chapek and Disney Park and Experiences and Products Chairman Josh D’Amaro were both scheduled to make special appearances at the upcoming Destination D23 2021; however, yesterday, we reported that Chapek would no longer be attending due to scheduling conflicts.

Now, The Walt Disney Company CEO is speaking out.

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On the latest D23 podcast, The Walt Disney Company CEO Bob Chapek expressed his apologies for missing Destination D23 this year, saying:

“I’m sorry. I had every intention of trying to make it this year, as you know I’ve made the last several. I really love that event. Unfortunately, this year given the new job and given the tugs I get from several different areas it’s impossible for me to make it, but I will be there in spirit.”

According to Disney spokesperson Jacquee Wahler, Bob Chapek “has a conflict in LA on Friday night and couldn’t make it back to Orlando on time”, she told Inside the Magic.

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It seems as though Josh D’Amaro is still scheduled to make an appearance as the D23 website now states:

Destination D23 Welcome

Connections: A Look at the Future of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products – Around the world, we’re re-establishing connections—returning to our happy places with the people who mean the most to us, and making brand-new memories. In this session, DPEP Chairman Josh D’Amaro will share how, even in the most difficult of times, Disney continues to inspire and unite us through connections to beloved people and places… to treasured hopes and dreams… and to the power of magic and endless possibilities. You’ll get a first look at some of the newest projects around the world, and of course a little Disney magic along the way.

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Destination D23 2021 will take place at Disney’s Contemporary Resort from Friday, November 19 through Sunday, November 21. Please keep in mind that Destination D23 2021 is different from the D23 Expo, which will take place in 2022.

For more information, visit D23’s official website here.

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