Exhibition of Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump's work

Rolly Crump: It's Kind of a Cute Story will be at the Oceanside Museum of Art, August 26, 2017–February 18, 2018. It's a must-see for fans of Disney art and design.

This exhibition invites the public to step into the whimsical mind of dreamer and designer Rolly Crump with the world premiere of a walk-through exhibition highlighting his 65-year career as one of the most imaginative attraction creators in theme park history.

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Podcast: Imagineer Rolly Crump on designing the Haunted Mansion


Jeff sez, "On episode 5 of the DoomBuggies Spook Show podcast (MP3), designer Rolly Crump gives a very candid interview in which he talks about his career working on Disneyland's Haunted Mansion with Walt Disney at WED Imagineering, and tells personal stories including the time he spent working with co-tinkerer Yale Gracey designing special effects for the Haunted Mansion, and how he was drummed out of the Haunted Mansion project after Walt died."

The birth of Disney's dark ride

Jeff Baham, author of The Unauthorized Story of Walt Disney's Haunted Mansion, celebrates the attraction's 45th anniversary with a look at its uneasy genesis—and its enduring appeal.

Audiobook memoir of Disney Imagineering legend Rolly Crump: More Cute Stories

Jeff sez, "After the success of It's Kind Of A Cute Story, Disney Legend Rolly Crump's memoir, Bamboo Forest Publishing is proud to announce the release of More Cute Stories, Volume 1: Disneyland History (CD/MP3). This high-quality recording includes nearly fifty minutes of all new stories about Disneyland that weren't included in the book, told by Rolly himself. — Read the rest

Imagineer Rolly Crump remembers his early years with Disney

Legendary Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump has kicked off a weekly column describing his early years with the company. This week: How Walt Disney's incapacity to remember his name turned "Roland" into "Rolly," with a brief detour through "What's His Name."

I'd been sitting in on meetings with Walt for over a year when all of a sudden he started calling me Owen.

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Surreal, contrafactual Haunted Mansion that never was

The always-unmissable Long Forgotten blog has an astounding post on the Disneyland Haunted Mansion that almost was, when the design team of Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey were in charge of the team. Crump was an enormous fan of Jean Cocteau's 1946 surrealist film La belle et la bête and he and Gracey created some of the most memorable effects that grace the Mansion today. — Read the rest

Imagineer Rolly Crump's guided audio tour of Disneyland

Howbowers sez, "Disney Legend and former Imagineer Rolly Crump, the creative force behind many great Disneyland and Walt Disney World attractions including it's a small world, The Haunted Mansion, and The Enchanted Tiki Room, has recorded a guided audio tour of Disneyland's most popular attractions filled with historical and entertaining insights, personal touches and heartwarming stories from Rolly's years working alongside Walt Disney and other Disney Imagineers." — Read the rest

Disney World's awful Tiki Room catches fire

Walt Disney World's Enchanted Tiki Room has shut down after sprinklers extinguished a fire in its attic last night. It's hard to contain my schadenfreude here: the Disney World version of the Tiki Room (the watershed in audio-animatronics and lineal ancestor of all contemporary themepark robots) was gutted in 1998 and replaced with an indescribably awful, unfunny update featuring the Lion King's Zazu and Aladdin's Iago. — Read the rest

Paper mosaic for Disneyland's birthday this Saturday

Designer Kevin Kidney continues to blog the limited edition merchandise he and Jody Daily have been commissioned to create for Disneyland's 55th birthday this Saturday (which is also my 39th birthday!). Today, this lovely paper sculpture mosaic: "We made every attempt to pack in all our favorites from the Park's fledgling years, from the Moonliner Rocket to the Hall of Chemistry, Fort Wilderness to the Silver Banjo. — Read the rest