Should Disney Fans Prepare For a Merger Between Apple and Disney Under Bob Iger?

After exactly 999 days, Bob Chapek has been replaced by Bob Iger as the CEO of the Walt Disney Company. These changes have been largely welcomed by Disney fans who felt that the choices made during Bob Chapek’s time as CEO were damaging the Disney theme park experience.

However, rumors of Bob Iger selling the Walt Disney Company have begun circulating again, gaining mixed reactions from fans.

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The rumors began when an unnamed Walt Disney Company insider made the prediction, stating, “He’s going to sell the company […] This is the pinnacle deal for the ultimate dealmaker.

Whoever this anonymous Disney insider is, they’re right about Iger being the ‘ultimate dealmaker,’ seeing as how some of Disney’s most influential and successful purchases were made during Bob Iger’s time as CEO.

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Disney purchased Pixar Animation Studios in 2006, Marvel Studios in 2009, Lucasfilm in 2012, and even 21st Century Fox in 2019.

Although each of these purchases changed the course of Disney’s history and resulted in the creation of films, theme park experiences, and attractions that fans adore, there is one purchase that Bob Iger has felt he’d missed out on: Apple.

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A report by Joe Bel Bruno on TheWrap details Bob Iger’s close friendship with Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, who passed away in 2011. Iger’s memoir “The Ride of a Lifetime” reportedly details their friendship.

A little over a year ago, in December 2021, Bob Iger spoke with CNBC, revealing that although they never discussed it, Iger felt that he and Steve Jobs would have eventually had that conversation and merged the two powerhouses. But so much has changed in the time since Jobs died, complicating these rumors.

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Is Bob Iger considering selling the Walt Disney Company to Apple? What would that merger look like, and how would it affect Guests visiting Walt Disney Parks? At this time, nobody has the answers.

DisneyTips will keep readers updated on the latest Disney news regarding this situation.

About Isabella Reimer

Isabella Reimer grew up visiting Walt Disney World and relocated to Central Florida to be even closer to The Most Magical Place on Earth. She earned her Bachelor’s from Florida State University, where she studied Creative Writing and Women’s Studies. Her biggest hobby is bonding with the ikran at Avatar Flight of Passage, and her retirement plan includes becoming the 1,000 Happy Haunt of the Haunted Mansion.