Disney Legend Marty Sklar to speak at Toms River library

The Toms River Branch of the Ocean County Library (101 Washington St.) announced today that Disney Legend and former president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, Marty Sklar, will be presenting and signing his new Disney Editions book, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms, on Monday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. 

During the presentation, attendees will learn the story of an epic Disney journey, the grand adventure of a man who devoted his entire career to creating, enhancing, and expanding Walt’s magical empire.

Marty began his Disney career at Disneyland in June 1955, one month before the park opened. He spent his first decade at Disney as “the kid,” the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises. But despite his youth, his talents propelled him forward into substantial responsibility: he wrote Walt’s communication about Disneyland, penned Walt’s and Roy’s messages in the company’s annual report, composed most of the publicity and marketing materials for Disneyland, conceived presentations for the U.S. government, devised initiatives to obtain sponsors to enable new Disneyland developments, and wrote a twenty-four-minute film expressing Walt’s philosophy for the Walt Disney World project and Epcot. 

In 1961, he moved to WED Enterprises, renamed in 1986 to Walt Disney Imagineering, where he worked on attractions for the 1964 New York World’s Fair. For nearly ten years, he wrote personal materials for Walt Disney for use in publications, television and special films. In 1974 he became vice president of concepts/planning, and guided the creative development of EPCOT.

As vice president of creative development, executive vice president and then president of Imagineering for nine years, Sklar supervised 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 most recently Hong Kong Disneyland.

This program is free and open to the public. Registration is required.  To register, call (732) 349-6200 or visit www.theoceancountylibrary.org.

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