Marty Sklar Dies: Pioneering Disney Imagineer Was 83

Marty Sklar, who led creative development at many of the Disney parks, attractions, and resorts around the world, died Thursday at age 83 at his Hollywood Hills, California, home.

Sklar worked for Disney for his entire career, beginning as a UCLA student and continuing from his graduation in 1956 until his retirement in 2006, 50 years later, according to the Disney Parks Blog.

Sklar started out creating a newspaper for the brand new Disney theme park, but soon became the right-hand man for Walt Disney, writing speeches, marketing pieces, and later becoming the creative leader for Imagineering when it was created.

“Marty was the ultimate Disney Imagineer and Cast member,” Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Bob Chapek said, relating that Sklar had been present at the D23 Expo just two weeks earlier even though he was retired. Chapek also said Sklar had attended the openings of all the

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