Marty Sklar, the Legend
Marty Sklar, Disney Legend and Imagineering Ambassador, charmed guests as he signed copies of his newest book at Walt Disney’s Barn on August 21, 2016.
Before Disneyland opened in 1955, Marty Sklar started as an editor of The Disneyland News. For a decade, he served as publicity writer for Walt Disney himself. When Marty was recruited to Imagineering in 1961 (for the New York World’s Fair), he found his true calling.
Marty served as President at Walt Disney Imagineering from 1987 to 1996. He was personally involved in shaping nine of the twelve Disney parks: Epcot, Tokyo Disneyland, Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, Paris’ Walt Disney Studios, and Hong Kong Disneyland.
Sklar is the only Disney cast member who has contributed to opening all twelve Disney parks around the world, yet he remains humble. “I quickly realized how many shoulders I was standing on.” He credits icons such as John Hench, Herb Ryman, Marc Davis, Harper Golff, Claude Coats, and Harriet Burns … mentors, friends, and his Imagineering team.
(This article was first published on LaughingPlace.com on September 2, 2016)
One Little Spark!
The idea for One Little Spark! Mickey’s Ten Commandments and The Road to Imagineering came to Marty as he toured the country for his first book, and speaking at conventions and universities.
People wanted more stories about Walt Disney and how he accomplished the impossible. They also wanted advice on how to become an Imagineer. With Marty’s 53 years at Disney and having worked directly with Walt, he is uniquely qualified to share his experiences about both.