Iger’s Takeover Unrelated to Positive Disney Changes, Says Park Executive

in Disneyland Resort, Walt Disney World

Left: Robert Iger, returning Disney CEO. Right: Cast Members wearing facemasks, waving at Main Street, U.S.A, in Disneyland

Significant changes happened at Disneyland and Disney World today, but while fans are praising CEO Bob Iger for the, a Disney executive stated his takeover is unrelated to the decisions.

The Walt Disney Company has kept Disney fans on the edge of their seats, as today has been packed with drastic changes and announcements that have thousands of parkgoers beyond excited. From significant changes to the reservation system and the removal of loathed additional charges at Walt Disney World Resort to the resuming of sales of Magic Key Passes at Disneyland Resort, the long-awaited return of Happily Ever After to Magic Kingdom, the official opening date for the highly anticipated TRON Lightcycle/Run, and a breathtaking new drone show, featuring the Avengers, debuting this year, all the exciting news have made today a great day to be a Disney fan.

Tron Lightcylcle/Run at Walt Disney World Resort
Credit: Disney

However, while thousands of fans have flooded social media praising returning Disney CEO Robert Iger for the positive changes taking place at Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort, practically dismantling Bob Chapek’s “legacy” in one day, fellow Disney executive Josh D’Amaro stated that the changes taking place across The Walt Disney Company are unrelated to Iger’s takeover.

“This is not necessarily about a change in leadership,” said Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Josh D’Amaro to The New York Times. “I have a lot of face-to-face conversations with guests when I’m walking the parks, and I read a lot of their comments online.”

disneyland paris
Credit: Josh D’Amaro Instagram

“We want to make sure our fans are feeling the love,” added D’Amaro regarding the recent changes happening at the Disney Parks nationwide. “We’re listening to them, and we’re trying to adjust.”

D’Amaro commented that Disney fans worldwide “really, really care” about the company’s decisions, whether that be moving a tree, changing a procedure, or asking for reservations. “And if people care that much, then I have an obligation to listen and, when appropriate, to make some changes and modifications,” he added.

A man standing in front of a lake
Credit: Josh D’Amaro on Instagram

While it is true that the drastic changes feel as if there were happening overnight since and thanks to the return of retired CEO Robert Iger in November 2022, the modifications to the Disney Parks’ operations come as a result of listening to the feedback of millions of passionate Disney fans, according to the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products chairman Josh D’Amaro.

Do you think these changes are entirely thanks to Robert Iger’s return to The Walt Disney Company? Or is Disney really listening to its fans? Drop your thoughts in the comments below! 

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