Marty Sklar Discusses Working With And For Walt Disney

Originally posted on the DIS Unplugged: When Marty Sklar retired on July 17, 2009, the 54th Anniversary of the Disneyland Park in California, his title was Executive Vice President and Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering.  After 53 years of working as a Disney Cast Member, Sklar received a tribute window on Main Street USA in Disneyland – the place where he began his Disney career, one month before opening day of Walt Disney’s original theme park.

Marty Sklar’s career with the Walt Disney Company progressed from Staff Writer to Vice President of Concepts and Planning, and then to President of Walt Disney Imagineering.  He was directly involved in the design of Disney Park attractions such as: The Enchanted Tiki Room, it’s a small world, Carousel of Progress, and Space Mountain to name just a few.  He was also the only Disney Cast Member who participated in the opening of all 11 Disney Theme Parks, and he was inducted as a Disney Legend in 2001.  Click here to listen to and read the transcript for my interview with Marty Sklar.

Image: (July 17, 2009) Marty Sklar, Executive Vice President and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador holds his tribute window at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on the 54th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland. (Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland)

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