My fellow Disney Parks Blog author Erin Glover recently sat down with Disney Legend and retired Imagineering executive Marty Sklar to discuss his new book, Dream It! Do It!: My Half-Century Creating Disney’s Magic Kingdoms. The book by Disney Publishing debuted at the D23 Expo and I can’t wait to read it! I first met Marty during my training for the Walt Disney World Resort Ambassador role in November 2000. At that time, my fellow Ambassadors and I had lunch at Walt Disney Imagineering headquarters in Glendale, Calif., with Marty and Disney Legend John Hench. They shared some wonderful stories about their experiences working on classic Disney attractions and what it was like working with Walt Disney (yes, I was beyond geeked out by the entire experience).
I caught up with Marty to ask him what Disney fans will find in his new book.
“The book, in many respects, is a look back at the people I worked with and the passion they had for the product,” explained Marty. “I also wanted to correct some of the myths about Walt Disney, because there are so many, and having worked with him I knew so many weren’t true. I also wanted to take advantage of being the only person involved with the openings of all 11 Disney parks around world. I thought I had a responsibility to tell that story.”
You can meet Marty during several upcoming events at Disney Parks.
At Disneyland Resort, Marty will be meeting with fans at the newly relocated Disneyana location on Main Street, U.S.A., in Disneyland park on August 23 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Guests in Florida will have two different opportunities to meet Marty at the Walt Disney World Resort. He will be at The Writer’s Stop in Disney’s Hollywood Studios on September 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Fans can also meet him on September 12 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Art of Disney at the Downtown Disney Marketplace.
Another chance to see Marty Sklar in person! He’ll be at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles on Thursday, October 10 at 8:00 p.m.!
So if I have a copy of the book that was given to me as a gift (& therefore have no receipt) I will not be able to get it signed???
I live in Germany and as a Disney fan and fanatic its always great to see and read all these fantastic news. On the other hand its hard not to have a chance to take part in such great oportunities lieke the book signing with Mr.Sklar. Will there be any chance to buy a signed book in advance? Perhaps a pre-order anywhere? If not …Perhaps anyone will be going there and would help me. Thanks for helping ! Greetings from Germany…Thorsten
oh how I wish I could be there, perhaps if I wish upon a star???lol! Well one can hope I guess! Thanks for sharing
Any chance these events will also take place in Disneyland Paris sometime ?
If not, how could I get my book signed by Marty ? Could there be an address where to send it ?
Thank you for your help.
Any chance Mr. Sklar will be in WDW longer than those 2 days? We’ll be in the next week and I’d love to meet him!
If I already have the book can i get it signed at Hollywood Studios?????
What time and where will we be cue-ing up?
See you on Friday.
Oh I wish he was doing an additional day out her at Disneyland. Too bad he wasnt signing books early on saturday or Sunday morning too.
Like Peter, I won’t be in the WDW in September either. Can you post a book signing tour schedule, if there is one?
Does anyone know if Marty has any signings planned for outside the Disney Parks? I’m in the New York City area and would travel to see him, but I can’t get to Lake Buena Vista or Anaheim during those times. Thanks in advance!
@Peter – Unfortunately, I do not know of any additional events planned outside Disney Parks.
Excited about this opportunity to meet Marty. Will the opportunities to meet Marty at WDW be similar to the book signings held for Ridley Pearson’s Kingdom Keepers books (where you have to have a receipt showing the book was purchased at Disney to have him sign the book) or will the structure be a different format? Just trying to determine if I should wait to purchase a book mid-September at WDW or order it from Amazon now. Thanks!!!!
@Debra – The event will be similar to previous book signing events.