Bob Chapek sets the stage for the second century of The Walt Disney Company

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Posted: Monday January 10, 2022 3:45pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

In a memo to Cast Members, Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Chapek lays out his plan to take Disney into its next century.

Bob specifically talks about three pillars - storytelling, innovation and audience.

To maintain Disney's storytelling excellence, Bob says that he is establishing new monthly meetings with senior creative leaders. With regard to innovation, he calls on the company to evolve with new technology and use "new canvases like the metaverse on which to paint." Finally, he says that the company must put the audience at "the center of every decision we make."

To end the memo, Chapek summaries what he believes makes Disney stand alone in the entertainment landscape. "We have the world’s most creative storytelling engine along with the world’s most beloved brands and franchises – which we can bring to life in ways no one else can. We have a portfolio of distribution platforms across the world – including powerful streaming services – with the ability to reach audiences anywhere, anytime. We have the #1 news organization and the most trusted brand in sports. We bring people together and make magical memories that last a lifetime at our parks and on our cruise ships. We have a unique ability to impact culture and connect with people on deeply personal levels. And we have you – the best team in the business."

Here is the complete memo.

Team,

As we begin the New Year, I want to share our mission and the strategic pillars that will be key to our success – but first, I want to start 2022 on a note of gratitude for all of you, your talent, dedication, and optimism during the most disruptive time in our company’s history.

Thanks to you, we are weathering the pandemic and emerging stronger than ever. Over the last two years, we continued to tell the world’s best stories, reorganized, and accelerated our transformation to better serve audiences and guests. We looked inward during a time of social disruption, saw how much was left to do, and made significant change. And of course, we underwent a leadership change – and I am enormously grateful for the tremendous foundation Bob Iger left us.

You achieved those things during a once-in-a-century pandemic, and I want to acknowledge those whose roles require them to be in the office or one of our parks, as well as those working from home while managing at-home learning and gaps in childcare. I also appreciate your patience as we begin reopening our offices. Our long-term goal is to provide greater flexibility, and your leaders will be in touch as plans evolve.

It’s ironic that this disruption is happening as we prepare to celebrate our company’s 100th anniversary. For nearly a century, we have defined and redefined entertainment, created countless lifelong memories, and delighted fans and families around the world. It’s a legacy that is simply unrivalled – and a welcome responsibility for us to build upon.

And so I believe our mission for this year is clear: set the stage for our second century, and ensure Disney’s next 100 years are as successful as our first. To do that, we will focus on three pillars.

First, storytelling excellence. What makes Disney so unique is that the stories we tell mean something to people. They inspire, give hope, bring us together, illuminate the world around us, and create memories. That is Disney magic, and we must continue to set the creative bar higher and higher. To that end – and in addition to all my other creative meetings – I am establishing a new standing monthly meeting with our senior creative leaders to discuss the opportunities we face as a storytelling enterprise. This will encourage collaboration, sharing of best practices, and stimulate cross-studio ideation.

Second, innovation. Since Steamboat Willie, we have been the world’s foremost innovative storytellers. That must continue as technology evolves, giving our creative teams new canvases like the metaverse on which to paint. We should be especially innovative as we seek to bring stories to life in new ways – particularly if they enhance what many call our “franchise ecosystem,” which is one of the things that sets us apart.

And third, relentless focus on our audience. We are a big company with many constituents and stakeholders, all of whom have a place in our decision-making. But at the end of the day, our most important guide – our North Star – is the consumer. Right now, their behavior tells us and our industry that the way they want to experience entertainment is changing – and changing fast thanks to technology and the pandemic. We must evolve with our audience, not work against them. And so we will put them at the center of every decision we make.

When you look at the entertainment landscape, I believe Disney stands alone. We have the world’s most creative storytelling engine along with the world’s most beloved brands and franchises – which we can bring to life in ways no one else can. We have a portfolio of distribution platforms across the world – including powerful streaming services – with the ability to reach audiences anywhere, anytime. We have the #1 news organization and the most trusted brand in sports. We bring people together and make magical memories that last a lifetime at our parks and on our cruise ships. We have a unique ability to impact culture and connect with people on deeply personal levels. And we have you – the best team in the business.

I couldn’t think of a better combination, and I could not be more optimistic about our future. I look forward to setting the stage for our next century with all of you, and to making the unique brand of magic that only Disney can.

Bob

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Cesar R M8 hours ago

err... a new cost cut, a new 50th anniversary popcorn bucket and a new music vash party with a cupcake is the best I can do.

Cesar R M8 hours ago

Chapek be in the front while Eiger is behind... then Eiger silently disappears that night in a rowboat of gold XD

Sirwalterraleigh1 day ago

They would have had to have broke ground on it in 2020

JoeCamel1 day ago

I hear they have this futuristic cycle ride they will open...... But expect 2025 for opening EU

WaltsTreasureChest1 day ago

Wonder what Disneys will come up with to go in competition with Universals new park in 2 years.

JoeCamel1 day ago

There is precedent for those at Disney World.......

Sirwalterraleigh1 day ago

Que? You’re not talking about “the company” Are you? 😱

Rteetz1 day ago

A sinking boat

Sirwalterraleigh1 day ago

…one of my (very) frequent refrains Good…that’s the whole problem for the last ten years. How do you increase quarterlies when you’re 30% overvalued? By rolling out a streaming service where you burn through cash and depress your other segments longterm by charging too much? that’s what they’d have you believe.

HauntedPirate1 day ago

They’re busy rowing a boat.

Sirwalterraleigh2 days ago

…Gophers? (Don’t mind me..it’s what I do to my friend Rteetz)

Ayla2 days ago

🤷🏻‍♀️ No idea what you're referencing.

egg2 days ago

Planning it is not the same as releasing it. It’s strange for a company to put out a mission statement about their 100th anniversary 17 months beforehand. Did WDW start celebrating its 50th in January 2020?