Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner Says Company Has “Suffered”

Bob Iger recently replaced Bob Chapek as CEO of The Walt Disney Company.

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Iger just started back at the company as CEO after leaving the position for over 2 years. We’ve gone over why Iger was brought back into the position, and Iger has also shared some thoughts about what’s been going on with leadership at the company over the past couple of years. And now, another former CEO of Disney is sharing his thoughts.

Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner tweeted that “The Walt Disney Company has suffered in recent years.” He went on to say that it’s a good time to remember some words from Walt Disney — “Everybody falls down. Getting back up is how you learn to walk.”



Eisner was CEO of The Walt Disney Company from 1984 to 2005. He was head of the company during the Disney animation Renaissance, and also oversaw the openings of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s California Adventure park, Tokyo DisneySea, Walt Disney Studios park, and Hong Kong Disneyland.

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The tweet from Eisner wasn’t specifically about anyone in particular, but the timing does indicate that he is probably referencing the recent leadership change at Disney.

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For more on the recent leadership changes at Disney, check out Bob Iger commenting on relocating Disney employees to FloridaCEO Bob Iger addressing rumors that Disney is being sold to Apple, and Disney CEO Bob Iger sharing that the hiring freeze will continue.

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6 Replies to “Former Disney CEO Michael Eisner Says Company Has “Suffered””

  1. Michael was the best, the highest paid CEO in history at that time. A trip to Disney was always a memorable experience. Employees would go out of their way to make it happen for you, smiling faces,happy to work there, what happened? Time to give back “The bang for the buck”.I will wait for the reviews before spending 1K aday for a visit there.

  2. I have been going every few years since park opening ( as a little kid), We were just there the week before Thanksgiving & I noticed a few things. Everyone looking at their phones because of Genie plus I was waled into on a few occasions. There was even a kid about 8 or 9 playing pokemon go instead of taking in the Disney Magic ( that should tell you something).
    Now I will admit my son bought Genie plus so we could go on the new Star Wars ride & it was phenomenal both the ride & Genie plus (we walked right on) . When we got off the ride my son said this is what Disney does right , we were totally submersed in the ride.
    That being said there was garbage on the ground, long lines to pay for things because they are short handed.
    In Epcot they need to do something about limiting the amount of alcohol people can buy, there were more than a few loud stumbling drunks.
    Then there were times like in animal kingdom that a guy was playing some sort of guitar & was so amazing even my husbands service dog wagged his tail at him. He came right over to play directly for us. So the Magic is still there, just hidden a little bit

    Yes Disney has suffered but it’s not to late to do a course correction & get back on track

    1. I wonder if Michael D. Eisner would talk to a long time Imaginer who is like Walt to be CEO that way he would have a similar mindset to Walt. Then he could have people who are good at what they do but are loyal Walt Disney fans. Then maybe Disney will get back on track!

  3. 15 years ago were the best of times in Disney world. Couldn’t wait to go back. Visited without the kids last year(our 6 time) and we were disappointed on so many things no.1 being genie+ And the ridiculous prices for everything. Go back to fast pass even if they need to charge for it some way and stay out of politics even if some woke employees have a tantrum. Go back to what Disney does best!

  4. Eisner was in charge IMO during the most magical times we had at Disney world. We had the most fun there in those time periods, after that Disney begin to lose the magic, not spiking the football with Iger, time will tell, but Disney has got to earn my respect and magical qualities back.