Michael Eisner

Getting to know Marty Sklar, a man who shaped Disney theme parks

Getting to know Marty Sklar, a man who shaped Disney theme parks

One doesn’t join Imagineering to become famous. Such was a phrase oft repeated by Marty Sklar, a longtime leader of the Walt Disney Co.’s highly secretive division dedicated to creating new theme park experiences.

Sklar, also once a speechwriter for Walt Disney himself, regularly had to tell young, ambitious designers that only one name would ever appear in lights: Walt’s.

So it wasn’t always easy to get Sklar to take credit for his accomplishments in his five-plus decades with Disney.

I certainly tried.

Over the last three years, I had gotten to know Sklar,

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