Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms

Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms

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by Martin Sklar
     
 

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Marty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the 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

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Marty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the 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 became Walt's speech writer, 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. He was Walt's literary right-hand man.

Over the next forty years, Marty Sklar rose to become president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he devoted his entire career to creating, enhancing, and expanding Walt's magical empire. This beautifully written and enlightening book is Marty's own retelling of his epic Disney journey, a grand adventure that lasted over half a century.

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Children's Literature - Jeanna Sciarrotta
This first-hand account of the developing and Imagineering of the Disney Empire is peppered with names and dates, anecdotes and pictures. Mart Sklar began working for the Walt Disney Company in 1955, just as Disneyland opened. His first job after college, his talent quickly propelled his career. Those familiar with Sklar and Disney will delight in this detailed account of his involvement and creation of the Magic Kingdom. Others may find themselves a bit lost in Skylar's efforts to lay down the story as he jumps around in time and refers to countless people and stories that stick out in his mind. However, the precision and accuracy with which Sklar details his involvement with Disney and his relationship with Walt are simply amazing and Disney lovers will rejoice in getting this autobiographical account, but most will fill the need to take notes in order to follow the bouncy cadence through time. Reviewer: Jeanna Sciarrotta

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423174066
Publisher:
Disney Press
Publication date:
08/13/2013
Series:
Disney Editions Deluxe Series
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
201,567
Product dimensions:
5.80(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.40(d)

Meet the Author

Marty Sklar was a student at UCLA and editor of its Daily Bruin newspaper in 1955 when he was recruited to create an 1890s-themed newspaper, The Disneyland News, a month before the theme park opened. After graduating, he joined Disneyland full-time in 1956, where he held responsibility for most of the park's publicity and marketing materials.

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.

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Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Brenda_Fulbright More than 1 year ago
What an exceptional book! Disney has always had a magical quality to the word due to the success of Disney movies and Disney theme parks. It is refreshing to read a behind-the-scenes account of what it was like to have a career as a part of the Disney think tank.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dream it! Do it! is an amazing piece of work. It shines a light on the behind the curtain stories of the Magic of Disney.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I bought two of these while on sale. I had looked into this book while visiting the Disney Museum in San Francisco during the summer of 2013. At that particular time the book was only available at their gift shop. However, they told me that eventually it would be available at national bookstores. B&N offered a great discount for Christmas so I bought one for my husband and a friend - both are huge Disney fans - and both are very pleased. The order arrived in great condition and quickly, too.
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Great book.
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