D23 Members Invited to Mickey’s of Glendale, Marty Sklar Signing at Walt Disney Imagineering August 21
Once again, D23 members and one guest are being invited to join Disney D23 at the exclusive Mickey’s of Glendale shop located at Walt Disney Imagineering in Glendale, California on August 21. This time, however, Disney D23 is bringing a guest of its own in the form of Disney Legend and former Imagineering Ambassador Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all eleven Disney Parks worldwide.
Marty will be on hand to sign copies of the newly released volume Walt Disney Imagineering — A Behind the Dreams Look at Making More Magic Real from 10 am – 12 pm.
Among the day’s festivities will be the celebration of the release of the second blind box pins in the Attractions series. Each box is $9.95 and contains one pin with a maximum purchase of 15 pins/boxes per cast member and D23 member and a maximum of 5 per guest.
There will also be D23 at MoG specific merchandise available as well as a 40% discount on selected Haunted Mansion merchandise.
Please note that photography and videotaping of any kind is strictly prohibited on Walt Disney Imagineering property without prior consent.
Ryman Arts and The Walt Disney Company Establish Sklar Legacy Fund Honoring Disney Legend Marty Sklar
Ryman Arts, together with The Walt Disney Company, today announced the completion of a major grant that creates the Marty Sklar Legacy Fund, honoring the 54-year career and retirement of Disney legend, Marty Sklar. Amid a tough economic climate prompting closure of a number of art programs in public schools across Los Angeles, the Fund will help ensure a quality arts education for a new class of Ryman Arts scholars.
Last fall, The Walt Disney Company launched the Marty Sklar Legacy Fund with a $250,000 challenge grant to Ryman Arts, which in turn raised more than $100,000 in contributions from individual donors required triggering receipt of the full grant. The $380,000 total amount will endow an entire class of Disney Sklar Art Student Scholars at Ryman Arts. In addition, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and The Walt Disney Studios will each host a Ryman Sklar Intern every year, who will be selected from graduates of the program.
“Creativity and the arts are at the heart of everything Disney stands for, and thanks to Ryman Arts, thousands of teens throughout Southern California have developed their extraordinary talents into meaningful careers,” said Jay Rasulo, Sr. Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for The Walt Disney Company. “In honor of our colleague, friend and living Disney legend, Marty, we are proud to help support the top-notch Ryman Arts program so that it can be experienced by a new generation.”
Marty Sklar and his wife Leah co-founded Ryman Arts in 1990, in memory of Disney artist Herbert D. Ryman, and he serves as President of the Board. Sklar began his career working for Walt Disney in 1955, writing for The Disneyland News, a themed newspaper that appeared at the park during its early days. He went on to fill numerous creative and leadership roles at Disney in the decades that followed, culminating in his senior leadership of Walt Disney Imagineering. Sklar worked closely with numerous Disney legends, most notably Herb Ryman, who himself worked with Walt Disney on the original sketch for Disneyland Park. The challenge grant was announced during Sklar’s retirement ceremony last summer.
“We are enormously grateful to The Walt Disney Company for making the lead challenge gift to the Marty Sklar Legacy Fund. And we are inspired by the generosity of the many others who stepped forward to help us exceed the goal,” said Diane Brigham, Executive Director of Ryman Arts. “This will ensure that more incredibly talented young people can pursue their artistic dreams with quality studio art instruction and internships for years to come. It’s just in time, as the demand for Ryman Arts has jumped with the cuts to art programs in the schools. We salute The Walt Disney Company for its support of young artists in the critical early stages of their artistic journeys.”
Ryman Arts provides gifted teens the opportunity to reach their artistic potential through free high-level arts education in a rigorous and nurturing studio environment. In addition to artistic training, Ryman Arts students also build self-discipline and confidence, and receive college and career guidance that helps position them for success in their careers and lives. Ryman currently teaches talented high school students from more than 200 schools in Southern California, 80 percent of who reside in low-income communities and have no other opportunities to develop their artistic gifts.
The program began in 1990 to honor the memory of legendary Disney artist and mentor Herbert D. Ryman to encourage young artists to reach their potential. The core program includes free out-of-school sequential studio courses that emphasize advanced drawing and painting skills. Courses, taught by professional teaching artists, foster students’ artistic development and provide the knowledge they need to pursue higher education and careers in the arts. Ryman Arts aims to inspire, nurture, and challenge the next generation of artists to reach their potential.
Hosted by Imagineer Diego Parras, the documentary uses historical and rare film footage to show the story of the transformation of swampland in central Florida to the most visited theme park in the world today through the stories and direct recollections of respected Imagineers such as Tom Fitzgerald, Tony Baxter, Kathy Rogers, Eric Jacobson, Kevin Rafferty and — of course — Marty Sklar, the only individual to open all 11 Disney parks.
“Our Imagineering the Magic: Disneyland DVD has been one of most successful park DVDs,” commented Betsy Singer, Product Developer for Disney Theme Park Merchandise. “Our guests enjoy the behind the magic stories and inspiration that the Imagineers bring to these videos and we hope they will enjoy Imagineering the Magic: Magic Kingdom as much as they have our first DVD.”
Imagineering the Magic: MagicKingdom has a suggested retail price of $29.95 and is currently available at both the Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts as well as through WDW Merchandising at 407-363-6200.
The Imagineering the Magic series was created by Richard Skillman and co-produced by Richard with Cameron Roberts ,Greg Jones and Mark Rhodes of D7, a Disney production partner.
BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 3 — What will Disney’s theme parks and resorts look like in the future? Fans will learn the answer to that question and many more as they take a “behind-the-magic” tour of their favorite Disney destinations at the inaugural D23 EXPO, where the entire world of Disney will come together under one roof at the Anaheim Convention Center in California from Sept. 10-13.
Through a series of stunning displays and not-to-be-missed presentations, D23 EXPO attendees will explore the rich legacy and future of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts – a story that began in 1955 with Disneyland and has since grown to include 11 theme parks at five vacation destinations around the globe, as well as new immersive vacation experiences including Disney Cruise Line, Adventures by Disney and Disney Vacation Club. On Saturday, Sept. 12, Walt Disney Parks & Resorts Chairman Jay Rasulo will share some behind-the-magic details as he pulls back the curtain on several new projects – including the 12-acre Cars Land that’s set to open at Disney’s California Adventure in 2012.
Here’s a sampling of exciting Disney Parks experiences that D23 EXPO attendees will discover:
ANAHEIM, Callif., July 17, 2009 – Marty Sklar, Executive Vice President and Walt Disney Imagineering Ambassador, spent a lifetime making magic for the Walt Disney Company. After 54 years of service, he was honored with a tribute window at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., on Friday, July 17. The celebration coincided with the 54th anniversary of the opening of Disneyland, the place where Sklar began his Disney career.
The tradition of dedicating a second-story window along Main Street, U.S.A., was begun by Walt Disney as a way to pay tribute to the men and women who were instrumental in the creation and operation of Disneyland. Sklar’s window, unveiled on July 17, can be seen above City Hall at Town Square in Disneyland.
Sklar began his Disney career in June 1955 as editor of “The Disneyland News,” just one month before Disneyland opened on July 17, 1955. Sklar also worked personally with Walt Disney on several major projects, including the creation of landmark Disney attractions for the 1964 World’s Fair and leading the design of Walt Disney’s final vision, Epcot.
Sklar holds great memories of all 11 Disney parks around the world, but he has a particular fondness for Disneyland.
“Disneyland will always be a special place for me because it’s the only park that Walt Disney walked in,” Sklar said. “For me, retiring on this date is significant, having been here with Walt for the opening of the original Disney park.”