Disney Artist and Historian
When asked to describe her job, Stacia Martin is likely to smile and reply, “How much time do you have?”
Stacia, who in 2019 celebrates her 41st year with The Walt Disney Company, is based out of Disneyland in California, but has spent much of her time on special projects for diverse Disney groups including Walt Disney World, Walt Disney Imagineering, Disney Consumer Products, Walt Disney Records, Disney Destinations, Disney Cruise Line, the Walt Disney Archives, the Disney Legends program, D23, Disney Interactive, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, Disney Entertainment Productions and the ABC Cable Networks Group.
An early predilection for art led Stacia to focus her professional goals at age seven during third grade “career day.” Self-trained “with refinements” (Illustration Studies at California State University), Stacia began her Disney job a week and a day after her high school graduation.
At first, it was not strictly art or the tricky “quick sketch” skills that occupied her time; as an avid Disney fan, Stacia first found her niche in the original Disneyana Shop on Main Street in Disneyland. There, and later when opening The Disney Gallery in New Orleans Square, she enjoyed spending time with Park Guests whose specialized questions were well met by her knowledge of Disney lore. Today Stacia continues to share this history by writing, creating and presenting illustrated lectures, and making appearances in Disney video documentaries.
Unusual duties Stacia has enjoyed include being an “Audio Art Director” for Walt Disney Imagineering’s New Fantasyland attractions at Disneyland, spearheading the restoration of one of her favorite films, Walt Disney’s 1967 musical “The Happiest Millionaire,” and helping to make the Original Mouseketeers’ 60th Anniversary Reunion a spectacular finale to the 2015 D23 Expo.
Since 1985, Stacia has traveled extensively for Disney, entertaining and informing not only North American Disney fans but those in such far-flung locales as Hong Kong, Australia, Indonesia, Scotland and Singapore
Recent assignments have continued in their variety: designing collectibles, creating specialty art and enjoying a multimedia presence across radio, television and podcasts. Favorite writing projects include “The Sounds of Disneyland,” the elegant book accompanying Walt Disney Records’ “A Musical History of Disneyland,” and “Walt Disney and the 1964 World’s Fair,” an audio celebration of one of the most innovative periods in Disney history. Stacia recently contributed historic liner notes for The Walt Disney Legacy Collection’s 2015 CD release honoring the 60th anniversary of Disneyland, and has contributed several informative essays to Disney’s “Twenty-Three” magazine.
Stacia says that some of her favorite moments are the quiet ones–particularly the time spent drawing for children. “To watch a child’s face light up when three circles suddenly become Mickey Mouse before their eyes, and then to show them that this is something they can learn to do, too–their reactions, to me, are the true definition of Disney’s magic.”
She is particularly proud to have been named to the inaugural “classes” of both Walt Disney Legacy and Disney “Archives Angels” award recipients. “Being able to carry on the legacy of Walt Disney and his original staff…to create images for people that will mean as much to them as their predecessors have to me…it’s not a job, it’s a privilege.”