Back in the day, there used to be the cutest little book shop at Disney’s Hollywood Studios called “The Writer’s Stop.” Known for its cozy chairs, the smell of coffee, and the carrot cake cookie (The BEST baked good on Disney property!) – you could snuggle right in here and shut out the Park crowds for a while. The perfect stage setting for a Disney legend showcasing his latest book, and I wasn’t about to miss it!
Open to the Disney public, and what I mean by that is that if you were lucky enough to be here, living here, vacation, whatever, and you had access to Studios that day, you could get in line for the Meet and Greet of a lifetime!
And if you dare ask WHO is Marty Sklar, well he was the Imagineer of Imagineers. If you’re looking at something at Magic Kingdom, he had hand in it. From the construction to the writing, this man had magic on his fingertips. The imagination in his brain must have been something amazing- just seeing a portion of it when I ride “Pirates of the Caribbean” or walking by Cinderella’s Castle is mind blowing.
It was a hot day when I got in line, but I didn’t care about the sweat pouring down the back of my legs…I was about to meet a legend! It took about and hour, meeting some readers of mine while I waited. It was finally my turn and I was SO NERVOUS. This man created so many wonderful things! He was so kind and so sweet, I enjoyed the entire experience of getting his autograph. (It was to be a Christmas present for my husband- which he FREAKED over!)
Opportunity like this one was why I moved to Florida…so I could take advantage of those “pop up” moments that come up out of nowhere and give you like a day or sometimes even hours to get your keester over to the event ASAP. (Referring to also the Stars of “Harry Potter” showing up to Walmart on a whim for a signing of the new DVD out- check it out HERE).
He was a great man, and sadly we lost him in 2017. But his magic, and legend, will live on forever…thanks Marty for the memories!
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