Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer & Theme Park Designer Was 83

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 28, 2017

The Walt Disney Company announced tonight that Disney Legend and longtime Disney Imagineer Marty Sklar passed away at his Hollywood Hills home tonight.

Sklar penned several books about his lifetime at Disney, including "Dream It!" In his 53-year career, Sklar was credited with helping bring Disney's visions to life.

"Everything about Marty was legendary - his achievement, his spirit, his career", says Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO.

Sklar guided development of Epcot, and oversaw development and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney's Animal Kingdom, California Adventure, Tokyo DisneySea, Walt Disney Studios Park, and Hong Kong Disneyland. His initial role was that of writer and communications specialist, writing scripts for various show and presentations for Walt Disney himself.

Marty officially retired from the Walt Disney Company as Executive Vice President of WDI in 2009, receiving the honor of a window on Main Street's City Hall at Disneyland. Solar was on hand just two weeks ago at Disneyland, greeting fans at the company's the biennial D23 Expo in Anaheim, Calif. "He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence".

Having started an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. "No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and we'll miss his enthusiasm, his grace, and his indomitable spirit".

During this period, he also joined WED Enterprises, the forerunner of Walt Disney Imagineering, and later would become the creative leader of Imagineering, leading the development of Disney theme parks and attractions for the next three decades. "For us, it's hard to imagine a world without Marty, because Marty is synonymous with imagineering".

"Marty left an indelible mark on Disney Parks around the globe and on all of the guests who make memories every day with us", Bob Chapek, the chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, said in a statement. "His influence can be seen around the world, in every Disney park, and in the creative and imaginative work of nearly every professional in the themed entertainment industry.".

Marty is survived by his wife, Leah, their son Howard, their daughter Leslie, and their grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made in Marty's name to Ryman Arts.

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