Marty Sklar, ‘Disney Legend’ and longtime head of Walt Disney Imagineering dead at 83 – Orange County Register
Marty Sklar, who was hired by Walt Disney and rose through ranks of the company to become vice chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering, died Thursday, July 27.
The cause of death is unknown. He was 83.
Marty Sklar, former vice-chair of Walt Disney Imagineering, died Thursday, July 27, 2013. He is a Disney Legend. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Marty Sklar is the only Disney staffer who has participated in the opening of all 11 Disney theme parks around the world. He led the Disney Imagineering teams who created nine Disney parks over 30 years. He was named a Disney Legend in 2001. After 54 years with the company, he retired on July 17, 2009, the 54th anniversary of Disneyland, and was honored with a window on City Hall at the park that day. Sklar died Thursday, July 27, 2017. (File photo by H. Lorren Au Jr., Orange County Register/SCNG)
Marty Sklar, the former Chairman of Walt Disney Imagineering, stands in front of the window with his name on it on the City Hall building in Town Square of Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland. Many of the names on the windows for fake businesses on Main Street U.S.A. at Disneyland are references to people who helped build Disneyland, or were key in later additions to, or operations of the park. There are also windows in Frontierland, and one in Adventureland. The businesses are usually an inside joke related to the person’s hobbies or contributions. Sklar died Thursday, July 27, 2017. (File photo by Mark Eades, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Marty Sklar is all smiles as he waited for the premiere of The Lion King at the Walt Disney Grand Theater at the Shanghai Disney Resort on June 14, 2016. Sklar had many jobs at Disney including supervising the design and construction of Tokyo Disneyland, the Disney-MGM Studios, Disneyland Paris, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney California Adventure Park, Tokyo DisneySea, the Walt Disney Studios Park and Hong Kong Disneyland. Sklar died Thursday, July 27, 2017. (File photo by…