It seems like this must've been mentioned by now but I didn't see it.
I figured this would happen eventually.
Given WDI's poisonous corporate culture (Not to mention how free some Imagineers seem to be with money), Bob Iger has reportedly decided that it's time to make some pretty significant changes at 1401 Flower Street. Similar to those 650 jobs that will soon be cut at Walt Disney Studios as Iger radically revamps operations on that side of the Mouse House, rumors are now flying that Bob is looking to let 200-300 people go from Walt Disney Imagineering. Which would effectively gut this division of the company.
"And what would happen after that?," you query. Well, according to what I've been hearing, Iger would leave only a few key executives & creatives in place at WDI. And these folks ... Well, they'd then have to rebuild Walt Disney Imagineering as more of a project-management-based operation. Where artists & designers would only be hired to work on a particular project and then let go as soon as their assignment was complete.