The man behind the Disneyland ride that's given earworms to millions of kids and adults is in Sacramento this weekend to share a collection of stories from friends and colleagues.
"It's a Small World" is a tune so many of us know so well, written by Disney's Richard Sherman, for the ride designed by the guru of Imagineers, Marty Sklar, who started a month before the park opened and eventually led the Imagineering division.
Marty wrote his new book, "One Little Spark", because he wanted something that includes his Mickey's Ten Commandments, one of which is "Keep It Up" - a lesson he says they learned the hard way ahead of Disneyland's 50th anniversary, when they had to fix things that were falling apart so they could live up to the idea the park should be better every time you go, "and I always tell the operating people you have to remember, for a lot of families, it's the one time in their life they're going to be there."
Marty describes Walt Disney with three words: Inspiration, Optimism and Trust, and he says that trust included allowing the Imagineers to experiment with things.
Marty Sklar will be at Stage Nine Entertainment in Old Sac Saturday from 1:00 to 5:00 PM to tell stories and sign copies of "One Little Spark".