Disney parks ‘Imagineer’ Sklar dies at 83

Obit Disney Imagineer

LOS ANGELES — Martin A. “Marty” Sklar, a right-hand man of Walt Disney and central figure in the development and expansion of his company’s theme parks around the world, has died.

Disneyland spokeswoman Suzi Brown confirmed Sklar’s death for The Associated Press. He died Thursday at his Hollywood Hills home at age 83, a company statement says. No details were released on his cause of death.

“Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow and fantasy,” Sklar said in 2005, reading from a plaque at the front of the park.

“That says so much about what Walt intended here,” Sklar told the AP.

Sklar had roles in the development of every Disney park, from the original Disneyland in Southern California in 1955 to the Shanghai Disney Resort last year. He was revered by employees as a living link to the founder.