Yesterday, Marty Sklar, Walt Disney Imagineering Ambasador and former head of Imagineering, announced in an email to his peers that he will retire from the company on July 17th of this year. Jay Rasulo, followed up on Sklar's announcemet with one of his own, thanking Marty for his many years of service to the company and for his creative efforts.
Marty had led or was involved in the creation of almost every one of the company's Parks and Resorts destinations around the world: including the ill-fated California Adventure, Hong Kong Disneyland, and Disney Studios Paris parks. Marty was proud of the fact that he participated in the opening of 11 Disney parks over his long career.
The news will no doubt be met with mixed feelings by employees within the company and in the fan community. Marty is one of the few remaining links to Walt Disney and an invaluable source of knowledge regarding the company's history. However, In recent years, Marty has been a lightening rod for criticism in the underwhelming scope and success of the newer Disney parks.
We would love to hear your thoughts on this news. What was Marty's impact on the company? Will his support of Eisner and cheerleading for California Adventure cloud his legacy? What are his lasting achievements?