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Disney Legend Marty Sklar Dies at 83

The death of Legendary Disney Imagineer Martin A. "Marty" Sklar at age 83 has left the Disney community heartbroken. We here at Walt Disney World for Grown-ups mourn with out friends and colleagues as we honor one of the most beloved Imagineers. If you love the Disney Parks, you have been touched in some way by the indomitable spirit and Imagineering of Marty Sklar. He was a mentor to generations of Cast Members and Imagineers, and a icon to Disney fans around the globe.

While the kids don't care too much yet about Walt, Roy, and their hope and dreams, those of us who grew up watching their rise to fame and playing in their theme parks always want to know more about how it happened and how we got from the "Florida Project" to what we have today. The column will be dedicated to history, Disney-style.

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Profile of an Imagineer: Marc Davis

The creative of genius of Marc Davis created some of the most memorable Disney animated characters. Working as an animator, an artist, and an Imagineer Davis helped Walt Disney bring countless Disney characters to life on screen and was one of the creative forces behind Disneyland.

John Carter Disappoints at Box Office

For the time being, Disney may just have to stay away from any movies mentioning the word Mars. After a disappointing opening weekend of only $30.2 million, Disney's John Carter stands to lose Disney $200 million.

A Look at the Past and Present Incarnations of Journey into Imagination

Over the years there have been three incarnations of the much beloved Journey into Imagination attraction at the Imagination Pavilion in EPCOT's Future World.

Profile of an Imagineer: Bill Martin

Can you imagine getting a phone call asking you to help out with Walt Disney's newest venture, building a new theme park? That is exactly what happened to Bill Martin.

Profile of an Imagineer: Rolly Crump

Considered a "true original" even among Disney Imagineers, Rolly Crump has had a hand in some of the most popular Disney animated features as well as attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World.

Disney Cards for the Holiday Season

Creating custom Holiday Cards is a fantastic way to share your love for Disney with the people who are important to you. Though most people assume that pictures on Christmas Cards have to be of your kids, I'm here to say that Disney themes offer fantastic alternatives and spread the magic during this wonderful time of year.

Profile of an Imagineer: Mary Blair

Mary Blair was a talented artist who is best remembered for her work done for The Walt Disney Company. She was largely responsible for introducing modern art to Walt Disney and his studio, and her impact on his vision is seen in many Disney films and throughout the Disney parks.

Looking Back: Legend of the Lion King

We are traveling back to the 90's (and early 2000's) today to reminisce about The Legend of the Lion King. This attraction was the predecessor to the successful Lion King show on Broadway.

Background
Legend of the Lion King opened in 1994 in Magic Kingdom's Fantasyland Theater and replaced the Magic Journeys 3D movie, which had been the main attraction at the Fantasyland Theater since 1987. Interestingly enough the Lion King show and the Lion King movie were being developed at the same time.

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Profile of an Imagineer: Claude Coats

A background painter, color stylist, and concept designer, Claude Coats worked with The Walt Disney Company for over 50 years. Known as the "gentle giant" because of his towering stature -- he was 6 feet, 6 1/8 inches-tall -- Coats worked on some of Disney Studio's most iconic animated features and helped bring Disneyland, Disney World, and other parks to life.

Coats was born on January 17, 1913 in San Francisco, California and graduated from the University of Southern California in 1934. After studying at the Chouinard Art Institute Coats joined The Walt Disney Studios in 1935.

Looking Back: The Mickey Mouse Revue

One of the three attractions at Magic Kingdom on opening day in 1971, the Mickey Mouse Revue was a dream of Walt Disney's and delighted fans for years before it was sent to Tokyo Disneyland in 1980.

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