Disney Gets Even More Bad News After Series Of Failures

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The return of Bob Iger as CEO of The Walt Disney Company has not gone as well as expected.

Iger, who returned for his second stint as head of the entertainment giant, was supposed to placate Wall Street, help stabilize the flailing company and restore it to its nonpartisan roots.

Instead, he continued to pick fights with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, the film studio released several disastrous flops, and attendance at the theme parks cratered. Not to mention disastrous updates on Disney+, as the streaming service continues to lose subscribers.


And on Thursday, Disney got even more bad news.

The company’s share price reached a nine-year low, closing at $82.47 per share. That was the lowest closing price for Disney stock since October 2014. Ouch.

And the worst part for shareholders has to be the realization that this was all avoidable.

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – OCTOBER 09: The Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger speaks onstage during “From 7 Dwarves to 140 Characters” at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts on October 9, 2014 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Kimberly White/Getty Images for Vanity Fair)

Disney’s Fortunes Only Going To Get Worse With Woke ‘Snow White’

The company’s strategy of making live action re-releases of past films has not paid off as expected after “The Lion King.”

“The Little Mermaid” was a box office disappointment, and the upcoming release of “Snow White” has already come under fire. The film’s star, Rachel Zegler, has frequently spoken about her disregard for the original movie.


And photos from production that were released recently were widely panned for discarding the original seven dwarves for a cast of what appears to be hipsters from Portland.

Their Indiana Jones sequel was another disappointment, with a plot that sidelined its main character. Or insulted him. Recent animated releases have injected politics into kids movies, with predictably poor results.

The company’s stance on culture war issues have undoubtedly hurt theme park demand and attendance, as Universal continues to thrive at Disney’s expense.

All of these issues could have been avoided if the company simply maintained what made it the industry’s biggest powerhouse. Making quality, family friendly entertainment that appealed to the widest possible demographic.

Instead, the transition to progressive activism that started under Iger’s initial tenure only got worse under former CEO Bob Chapek. And after returning to the top job, Iger decided to defend his company’s poor work and poor process.

And Wall Street and retail investors clearly aren’t buying what Disney’s selling.

If there are lessons to learn from 2023, it’s that corporate politics matters. Target, Bud Light and Disney have lost billions in revenue or market cap, all because they prioritized appeasing the left showing they didn’t understand their own customers.

Disney is undoubtedly too big to fail. But boy oh boy are they trying their best.

Written by Ian Miller

Ian Miller is a former award watching high school actor, author, and long suffering Dodgers fan. He spends most of his time golfing, traveling, reading about World War I history, and trying to get the remote back from his dog. Follow him on Twitter @ianmSC


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  1. The whole Disney debacle baffles me. Disney was a money-printing machine. Yes, their movies were formulaic, but the formula worked. People loved Disney. They counted on it being an entertaining, easy, predictable, fun experience for their kids, and in some cases, even the adults. Disney could not lose.

    Then they went woke. Inexplicably woke as they did not need or rely upon the Democratic Party or liberal policies for their success (if anything, Disney was very conservative). Now, they are beholden to pushing progressive trash, which people keep rejecting.

    If you want to push politics, form a PAC or some BS “community group.” But corporations are there to make money, and you make the most money by serving the most consumers you can. Not by telling half of the country to F off. Which Disney has proven that they know, as they constantly edit and kow tow to every other country around the world with their products

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