The “Legendary Disney Imagineer,” Marty Sklar, has died aged 83

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He was particularly linked to the creation if the themed parks worldwide ncluding Disneyland Paris, the Tokyo Disney Resort and Hong Kong Disneyland. “Everything about Marty was legendary – his achievements, his spirit, his career,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at The Walt Disney Company.

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Disneyland Paris

Marty was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper when he was recruited to create The Disneyland News for Walt’s new theme park in 1955. He went on to become the vice president of creative development, working at Epcot in Orlando, Florida. Sklar served as president and vice chairman from 1987 to 1996. He had technically retired in 2009 but was still a big fan of the brand. Marty’s impact and achievements were recognized with a number of prestigious awards and accolades, including the Lifetime Achievement award from TEA (Themed Entertainment Association), induction into the Hall of Fame of IAAPA (International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions), and the prestigious Professional Achievement Award from UCLA. Marty and Leah were two of the founders of the Ryman Program for Young Artists, a project of Ryman Arts, a nonprofit foundation whose purpose is to teach and mentor “traditional” drawing and painting skills to talented young artists. Even now, instead giving flowers in his memory, the family requests that donations be made in Marty’s name to Ryman Arts.

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