Current Events 11/22/2022

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A Christmas Miracle: Bob Chapek OUT, Bob Iger Back!!!
By Andy Castro -November 20, 2022

“Disney Cast Members and employees worldwide were greeted with shocking news Sunday night:  A letter from Bob Iger announcing his return to the company as CEO.   The retired CEO announced his return to Cast Members in a four-paragraph letter, which we have in full below:”

“The breathtaking news comes following Disney’s stock price dropping to five-year lows and recent news that Disney would instate a company-wide hiring freeze and expense reduction process (which would likely also include more layoffs).  In recent days, CNBC ‘Mad Money’ host Jim Cramer called for Chapek’s immediate removal. Here on MiceChat we had speculated for months that Chapek’s time was running out. 

“Bob Iger will resume his role as Disney CEO effective immediately, now with the task of righting the wrongs left behind by Chapek: a demoralized workforce, five-year stock lows, and a company that has been pushed to its limits in the name of profit.  There’s only so much a creative company like Disney, which has been built on decades of quality and goodwill with its customers can take by Chapek-style leadership that prioritizes profit over everything else.”


Hollywood Reporter

Announcement Letter from Bob Iger to Disney Cast members.

Fri, November 18, 2022
Mickey’s Toontown to Reopen at Disneyland Park on March 8, 2023
by Kelsey Lynch, Public Relations Director, Disneyland Resort

“It’s Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse’s birthday! In honor of this special occasion, the Disneyland Resort is pleased to announce the official reopening date of Mickey’s Toontown in Disneyland park – March 8, 2023!”

Disney Parks Blog

UPDATED! Disneyland’s Reimagined ToonTown Opening Date Announced!
November 18, 2022


Disneyland stops selling all Magic Key annual passes a day after resuming sales
UPDATED: November 18, 2022

“The Disneyland Resort stopped selling annual passes on Thursday, Nov. 17, just a day after it resumed selling the passes following a six-month hiatus.

“On Wednesday, Disneyland announced that people who didn’t currently have annual passes could buy the Inspire Key for $1,599. the Believe Key for $1,099 or the Imagine Key (available only to Southern California residents) for $449. Over the course of a few hours Thursday, the company paused sales of the Believe, Imagine and Inspire keys in quick succession.

“Guests who already have Magic Key passes may renew them if their pass is within 30 days of expiring, but passes are no longer available to new customers.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Resort Stops New Sales of All Magic Keys One Day After Sales Resume
Nov 17, 2022

Laughing Place

LOCKED! Disneyland Magic Keys Now Sold Out!
By Dusty Sage -November 17, 2022


Disney California Adventure rolls out Black Panther foods and experiences
PUBLISHED: November 14, 2022

“Disney California Adventure Park has unveiled a series of new Black Panther experiences coinciding with the release of “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” which garnered an estimated $180 million in its opening weekend.

“The Black Panther experiences, which launched Friday, Nov. 11, extend to other parts of the resort with a new mural installation in the Downtown Disney District by artist Nikkolas Smith.”

“The Wakanda activations will last through Jan. 8, but Michael Serna, executive creative director at Disney Live Entertainment, believes that the Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure will experience a myriad of Black Panther stories in the coming years.”

Orange County Register

Photos/Video – The Mandalorian and Grogu Arrive at Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge
Nov 18, 2022

Laughing Place

Soarin’ Over California Returning to Disney California Adventure for the 2023 Food & Wine Festival
Nov 21, 2022

“As has now become tradition, the beloved California centric version of the attraction is returning as a part of the Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival.
The culinary festival runs from March 3rd through April 25th, 2023, however, Disney officials have not confirmed an end date for Soarin’ Over California. It will likely just run for the duration of the festival.”

Laughing Place

Lunar New Year celebration returns to Disney California Adventure in January
PUBLISHED: November 22, 2022

“The Disneyland Resort’s Lunar New Year celebration will return Jan. 20 through Feb. 15. In 2023, Disney California Adventure Park will launch several experiences coinciding with the Year of the Rabbit, which symbolizes longevity, peace and prosperity. The Anaheim resort also recognizes Orange County’s robust Vietnamese community with nods to the Year of the Cat from the Vietnamese zodiac calendar.

“The park’s Lunar New Year celebration activities include arts-and-crafts such as Chinese calligraphy demonstrations and an interactive Lucky Wishes Wall. ‘Mulan’s Lunar New Year Procession’ returns with characters such as Mushu, Mickey Mouse and Minnie dressed in festive attire.”

Orange County Register

Disneyland Reveals 2023 Dates for Lunar New Year Celebration and Disney California Adventure Food & Wine Festival
Nov 21, 2022

Laughing Place

Disneyland Update – The CEO Who Stole Christmas
By Dusty Sage -November 14, 2022

“All things merry and bright… at least that’s how it all appears at first glance. The holidays have kicked off with all the familiar sparkle and cheer. We finally have news on the Adventureland Treehouse (formerly Tarzan’s domain), and there was a delightful surprise at “it’s a small world” on Friday. Unfortunately, while Disney is trying so hard to make you feel warm and fuzzy, an icy dagger was thrust into the heart of the company by a grinch who would steal Christmas. A hiring freeze has been imposed from on high with layoffs on the way just in time for the holidays.”


Disneyland Update: The Return of the King and the Cursed Keys!
By Andy Castro -November 21, 2022

“What a wild week for Disney news!  Sunday evening Disney employees and fans alike were shocked to see news headlines that former CEO Bob Iger had dethroned Bob Chapek as head of the company!  After Iger retired as CEO in 2020, Disney weathered numerous storms under the leadership of his successor, Bob Chapek. While Chapek managed to steer Disney through the tumult of the closure of parks and theaters in 2020, he couldn’t survive the latest storm: a five-year low in stock prices. Even as Sunday’s news shook the entertainment world, the Disney community was already reeling from the rest of the week’s news: a botched one-day return of Magic Key sales, Mickey and Minnie’s birthdays, and the arrival of Grogu in Galaxy’s Edge.”


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