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Marty Sklar, Legendary Imagineer and Walt Disney’s Right-Hand Man, Dies at 83

Marty Sklar, Legendary Imagineer and Walt Disney’s Right-Hand Man, Dies at 83
Marty Sklar, the legendary Imagineer who learned his craft by working directly under Walt Disney, has passed away at the age of 83. If you’ve ever enjoyed a Disney theme park, you’ve enjoyed the work of this bonafide Disney Legend, who worked on many iconic attractions and oversaw the design and development of numerous theme parks all over […]

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Disney Legend Marty Sklar Dead at 83

  • TMZ
Marty Sklar, legendary Imagineer and designer of Disney parks, died Thursday at his home in the Hollywood Hills. Sklar was one of the company's last remaining links to Walt Disney. He started with Disney in 1955 and helped Walt market Disney World and Epcot Center. He went on to become the Mouse House's top Imagineer -- supervising the design of its parks in Paris, Tokyo and Shanghai. He officially retired in 2009 as an Imagineering ambassador and,
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Marty Sklar, Disney Imagineering Legend, Dies at 83

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Marty Sklar, Disney Imagineering Legend, Dies at 83
Marty Sklar, a Disney imagineer who supervised the design and construction of theme parks in Tokyo, Paris, and Hong Kong as well as Disney’s Animal Kingdom, California Adventure, and the Walt Disney Studios Park, died Thursday. He was 83. “Everything about Marty was legendary — his achievements, his spirit, his career,” Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “He embodied the very best of Disney, from his bold originality to his joyful optimism and relentless drive for excellence. He was also a powerful connection to Walt himself. No one was more passionate about Disney than Marty and...
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Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83

Marty Sklar Dies: Longtime Imagineer, Theme Park Designer & Walt Disney’s “Right-Hand Man” Was 83
Marty Sklar, the man who supervised the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris and other theme park attractions, has died at his home, Disney said tonight. He was 83 and had made an appearance at Disney’s D23 two weeks ago.

Having started as an intern for Walt Disney, Sklar finished his 54-year career at Disney as the International Ambassador for Walt Disney Imagineering. That role meant traveling to art and design colleges…
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Famed Disney Artist and The Jungle Book Illustrator Frank Armitage Dies at 91

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Famed Disney Artist and The Jungle Book Illustrator Frank Armitage Dies at 91
Frank Armitage, who contributed artwork to Disney classics like The Jungle Book and Mary Poppins, has died at the age of 91. The famed illustrator died on Monday of age-related causes at his home in Paso Robles, California, Disney Animation Studios VP of Communications Howard Green announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter. In addition to his work in animation, Armitage contributed to murals and theme park designs around the world along with his wife, Karen Connolly Armitage, according to their website Armitage Images. The Melbourne, Australia, native began working for Disney in 1952 and his first project involved working on animation for Lady and the Tramp.
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PBS Sets "American Experience: Walt Disney" To Premiere September 14-15

PBS Sets
PBS' American Experience will offer an unprecedented look at the life and legacy of one of America's most enduring and influential storytellers in Walt Disney, a new two-part, four-hour film premiering Monday and Tuesday, September 14-15, 2015, 9:00-11:00 p.m. Et on PBS (check local listings). Executive produced by Mark Samels, directed and produced by Sarah Colt, and written by Mark Zwonitzer, the film features rare archival footage from the Disney vaults, scenes from some of his greatest films, and interviews with biographers and historians, animators and artists who worked on Snow White and other early films, and designers who helped create Disneyland. Walt Disney includes interviews with artists who worked at the studio, including Rolly Crump, Robert Givens, Don Lusk, Floyd Norman and Ruth Tompson, Imagineer Marty Sklar, Disney producer Don Hahn, costume designer Alice Davis, composer Richard Sherman, son-in-law Ron Miller, and...

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Disney Releases "Imagineering The Magic Of Magic Kingdom" DVD; Available Exclusively At Disney Parks And Through Phone Order

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Cinema Retro has received the following press release that will be of interest to all Disney fans:

(November 1, 2009) Disney Theme Park Merchandise releases in November, the second in a series of DVDs highlighting the creation and enhancement of the Disney Theme Parks and Attractions as told from the perspective of the Walt Disney’s Imagineers. The DVD will be available for sale throughout the Disney Parks in California and Florida .

The DVD, “Imagineering the Magic-Magic Kingdom”, hosted by Imagineer Diego Parras, details through historical and rare film footage, the inspiration for the creation of Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, Florida and the early beginnings of the Magic Kingdom theme park.

The DVD focuses on the Walt Disney’s efforts to build on the success of Disneyland in Anaheim , California and to take that creativity and experience eastward . The challenges of building in Florida ’s swamplands and the high expectations
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Sklar to leave Imagineering job for parks position

Sklar to leave Imagineering job for parks position
The executive shake-ups continued at the Walt Disney Co. on Wednesday as the company adjusts to its recent $7.4 billion acquisition of Pixar Animation Studios. Marty Sklar, a 50-year veteran at Disney, stepped down as vice chairman and principal creative exec for Walt Disney Imagineering in the wake of Pixar executive vp John Lasseter being named principal creative adviser of the theme park division. In his new position, Lasseter reports to Disney CEO Robert Iger, bypassing parks and resorts management. Sklar will serve as Walt Disney parks and resorts Imagineering ambassador, a role as yet undefined.

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