Dream It! Do It! (The People, The Places, The Projects): My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms (2020)

Dream It! Do It! (The People, The Places, The Projects): My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms Martin Sklar Dream It Do It The People The Places The Projects My Half Century Creating Disney s Magic Kingdoms Marty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July the month before the park opened He spent his first decade at Di
  • Title: Dream It! Do It! (The People, The Places, The Projects): My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms
  • Author: Martin Sklar
  • ISBN: 9781423174066
  • Page: 221
  • Format: Hardcover
Dream It! Do It! (The People, The Places, The Projects): My Half-Century Creating Disney's Magic Kingdoms Martin Sklar Marty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the month before the park opened He spent his first decade at Disney as the kid, the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises But despite his youth, his talents propelled him forward into substantial resMarty Sklar was hired by The Walt Disney Company after his junior year at UCLA, and began his Disney career at Disneyland in July 1955, the month before the park opened He spent his first decade at Disney as the kid, the very youngest of the creative team Walt had assembled at WED Enterprises But despite his youth, his talents propelled him forward into substantial responsibility he became Walt s speech writer, penned Walt s and Roy s messages in the company s annual report, composed most of the publicity and marketing materials for Disneyland, conceived presentations for the U.S government, devised initiatives to obtain sponsors to enable new Disneyland developments, and wrote a twenty four minute film expressing Walt s philosophy for the Walt Disney World project and Epcot He was Walt s literary right hand man.Over the next forty years, Marty Sklar rose to become president and principal creative executive of Walt Disney Imagineering, and he devoted his entire career to creating, enhancing, and expanding Walt s magical empire This beautifully written and enlightening book is Marty s own retelling of his epic Disney journey, a grand adventure that lasted over half a century.
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  1. Amanda

    I was really excited to get this book and then I started reading It is filled with a tons of stories about the Theme Parks but the problem is that, especially in the beginning, there is no rhyme or reason for why stories were put together It very hard to follow when in one paragraph he s talking about 1960 and in the next he s talking about 1990 and they seem unrelated Plus it seemed like half the book was filled with quotes from other books If I wanted to read other peoples thoughts I would hav [...]

  2. Josh McConnell

    I ve read a lot of books on Disney as a company and the theme parks in general I have a strong appreciation for everything Marty Sklar has done and the significance of his role with the company.With that preface, I was really excited that he was finally writing a book I couldn t wait to hear behind the scene stories and get the dirty details.While there certainly are stories, they seem scrambled and thrown on the pages Block quotes are massive It really feels like you re just sitting with him [...]

  3. Tom Hinkle

    Marty Sklar is an extremely well known former Disney cast member and now Disney Legend Before I read this book, I knew of Mr Sklar s educational background and that he wrote many of Walt s remarks for the business This knowledge caused me to be surprised at the way Mr Sklar wrote the book I echo some of the comments written already by people about the structure of the book The book reminds me of an artist with a fountain pen compelling drops onto a piece of paper to see if they can manipulate th [...]

  4. Andrew

    A bit thin on direction and content The book tends to wander between projects and time periods, and includes a surprising number of substantial block quotes from other Imagineer s books Particularly strange because all these issues seem to run counter to the brilliant Mickey s Ten Commandments , written by Sklar himself 1 Know your audience2 Wear your guest s shoes3 Organize the flow of people and ideas4 Create a visual magnet5 Communicate with visual literacy6 Avoid overload create turn ons7 Te [...]

  5. Luiza Salazar

    This book was great I think it s always a pleasure to read about Disney, specially about the Imagineering efforts I love how personal this book felt, how real it felt since Sklar told a lot of personal stories It s also great to hear him talk about Walt, about how everyone worked really hard and still does to keep his philosophy alive It s really inspirational to read about the flow of ideas and imagination that shaped Disney in the years Marty was there.What I didn t like about the book was tha [...]

  6. Amy Defilippo

    This book is a must read for fans who want the real stories of what it was like to open every Disney park on the planet from the one man who has actually done just thatd so much in his Disney career Thanx, Marty Sklar, for sharing your rich history and experiences with us via this book It made me laugh it made me cry it gave me insight into what it was like to be there with Walt Disney and then carry his philosophy through countless projects Truly an E Ticket book that I m going to read again

  7. Dan

    A very good inside look at the late Disney legend Mary Sklar s 50 year career helping to shape the creative direction of Disney Parks worldwide In addition to the behind the scenes view of the planning and business of the Walt Disney Co Marty also presents lots of great leadership lessons, especially in the areas of creativity and customer service I read this over several months in between reading other books and it was always fun to come back to the magic of Walt Disney from the point of view o [...]

  8. Louis Prosperi

    A great Disney book by a true Disney Legend Marty Sklar started his career with Disney in 1955, one month prior to the opening of Disneyland He remained with the company until retiring in 2009, and is the only Disney employee to have participated in the design and opening of all 11 currently operating Disney theme parks Disneyland, Disney California Adventure, Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney Hollywood Studios, Disney s Animal Kingdom, Hong Kong Disneyland, Tokyo Disneyland, Tokyo DisneySea, Disneyl [...]

  9. Christine Rebbert

    As a huge Disney fan, I found this book enjoyable for all the insider info from before Disneyland even opened to the present day written by a member, and later head, of the famous Disney Imagineering team The chronology did tend to jump around, and there was a lot of chest thumping It was under my watch that , I was the last word on , they needed me to put the deal over the top , and the occasional unfortunate choice of words esp when he winds up the chapter about Tokyo Disneyland with the next [...]

  10. W. Whalin

    For over 50 years, Marty Sklar was one of the insiders of the Walt Disney Company This memoir is filled with insights and fun stories but tremendous insights for every reader.I loved the personal stories and the detailed insights into the Disney culture As Sklar writes, I am proud to say that because my Disney career began at Disneyland one month before the park business began, I retired in 2009 as the only case member to have participated in the opening of all eleven Disney parks around the wor [...]

  11. Katy Roach

    This is a pretty good book It s sentimental to me because I met Marty at the 2015 D23 Expo and got my copy signed he signed my name Kathy instead of Katy and then corrected it I was one of the last people in line, I don t blame him The book is slow, I haven t actually finished it yet, but it has some very nice stories and I will always cherish it because of the memory I made while meeting Marty Sklar He is very sassy and sweet in real life A real Disney Treasure if you ask me UPDATED REVIEW It t [...]

  12. Lisa

    This book took me a while to get through It was nothing like I expected and maybe that was the problem There were tiny jewels of information throughout the book but it just didn t flow well Long list of people were mentioned with little to do with the story told I am thinking he must have tried to mention a lot of friends.I did learn a great deal about the parks and CEOs And there was something mentioned in the last of the book regarding the maintenance of the parks that I had wondered about I h [...]

  13. Rob Conner

    The First book of 2018, I almost finished in 2017 This book was a real page turner I ve always been a big fan of Walt Disney and recently I ve begun to read as much Disney History as I can get my hands on At the advice of Michael Bowling and the Connecting with Walt Podcast, I requested this book for Christmas and started reading it immediately Marty Sklar is a staple at Walt Disney Imagineering and his experience and stories are brought to the forefront in this book It is 1 3 biography, 1 3 ane [...]

  14. Melinda Elizabeth

    Marty s book has a lot of hidden Mickey s in it but overall what you get is a fairly unstructured approach to his experience and stories Marty relies heavily on quoting from other books from Disney Legends throughout the book and used so lavishly detracts from Marty s own experience and story There was however a great deal of detail regarding EPCOT, Tokyo Disneyland and some of the other parks that you d be hard to find in any other book about Disney.

  15. Aydin Turgay

    Never read a business book before This was an amazing read.I learned so much about team leadership and the creative process It helped that the subject matter happened to be my favorite thing in the world Disney parks.Great stories about Walt, imagineering, building EPCOT and other parks and many lessons to learn from.I will be reading this again.

  16. Dalice

    Sklar is one of those unsung heroes While Walt Disney always takes the spotlight, what is perhaps the most interesting aspect of this book is how Sklar was there in the background making shit happen It s a great book for both the hardcore, Disney nerd and the the creative capitalist.

  17. Matthew Duckworth

    I really enjoy most books related to The Walt Disney Company and this is no exception Sklar jumps around a bit and at times it was quite confusing but he has a career that is very interesting to read about.

  18. Chad Simons

    I am a huge Disney fan Love almost everything about it Had no idea what to expect from this book, but it was very underwhelming Mr Sklar had an amazing professional experience working for Disney for so long, interacting with many of the greats, and even being one of the greats himself That said, this book was too filled with names that we never got to know well enough to follow along Sure, many are Disney Legends and the names are at least familiar, but it would have been better to include pers [...]

  19. Robert Smith

    The stories about the creative process are great but sometimes it gets dry and dull going through the specifics of navigating internal politics Despite this, it is well worth a read if you re interested in the inner workings of Disney, and in fact it shed quite a bit of light on what was going on in the 90 s when Disneyland was having all those troubles.

  20. Theresa

    Though confusing at times and occasionally hard to follow, Dream It Do it Is an inspiring and informative read that I loved I ve never read a nonfiction book cover to cover before, but this one was just a story of a fantastical world, Walt Disney s World, coming true This is great for anyone really wanting to dig deep into the fine details of how Disney makes dreams a reality.

  21. Roy

    If you like learning about Disney history, specifically the parks, this is a great read A view into Walt and Imagineering that I ve never read or seen docs on before Lots of great anecdotes and stories from the legend himself.

  22. Shelby-Jai

    As a Disney nerd, I wanted to love this book, but it was just so hard The book is packed with Disney info, but Sklar s writing style is anything but concise and he doesn t order the first half of the book chronologically, making it difficult to know which era we re in.

  23. Mandy

    I love reading about Disney company history, and Marty Sklar is literally a Disney Legend Great insights into the company s early history and the founding of all the Disney Parks, and the big personalities behind them.

  24. Olivia Ambrose

    Really fascinating A bit scattered, but if you re a huge Disney geek who loves behind the scenes stories, well worth the read

  25. Jim Razinha

    As I ve not spent too much time on the history of the Disney world deliberate lower case , I have no idea how much of this is new, but it is an interesting memoir collecting a few inside stories from Sklar s 54 years with Disney A bit non linear at times jumping from Disney World to Disneyland to the 1964 65 World s Fair and in and out and back and forth , a reader can get a little idea as to late Disney, post Disney, Eisner, et al and the task of building an empire A few nuggets Walt was not a [...]

  26. Kimberly

    I feel like I need to preface this with the fact that I am a huge fan of the Disney organization Parks, movies, showsI love them all I used to work at the Disney Store I ve been to WDW over 20 times I participated in the SaveToad campaign So it was with great excitement that I bought not borrowed, actually bought the ebook version of Mr Sklar s book.And it was good The anecdotes were enjoyable They confirmed my suspicion that Walt Disney was not all rainbows and sunshine to work with I loved rea [...]

  27. Reid Mccormick

    Disneyland has always been a magical place for me It s the only place in the world where I feel young and filled with childlike wonder It always is a place of beauty, and I can t wait to take my kids and re experience all the joy through their eyes.The other part of Disneyland that fascinates me is how it works I love knowing and seeing the inner workings, and the behind the scenes stuff that turns plain buildings into virtual fairy tales Knowing how the magic is made doesn t spoil anything for [...]

  28. Bk

    Clearly Marty Sklar is a gifted writer He included several examples of his press releases and letters in this book, and he helped invent the idea that something needs a good simple story to make it digestible He says this several times through the book However, this book doesn t showcase his skills It cries out for a talented editor who can focus the story As it is, it s a hodgepodge of events and names Sometimes it s obscurely celebratory and at other times it s disturbingly vindictive.Here s m [...]

  29. B.atz

    Clearly Marty Sklar is a gifted writer He included several examples of his press releases and letters in this book, and he helped invent the idea that something needs a good simple story to make it digestible He says this several times through the book However, this book doesn t showcase his skills It cries out for a talented editor who can focus the story As it is, it s a hodgepodge of events and names Sometimes it s obscurely celebratory and at other times it s disturbingly vindictive.Here s m [...]

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