Legendary Disney Imagineer Rolly Crump Passes Away at the age of 93

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Imagineer Rolly Crump, who helped create Disneyland and Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World, has passed away

Rolly Crump, the legendary Disney Imagineer who was instrumental in the creation of Disneyland in California and the initial design of Magic Kingdom at Walt Disney World in Florida, has passed away at the age of 93.

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In his early Imagineering work, Crump worked on many of the Disney attractions featured at the New York World’s Fair, including the Tower of the Four Winds marquee for It’s A Small World. When It’s A Small World was later incorporated at Disneyland, Crump designed the attraction’s famous animated clock.

He first started working for The Walt Disney Studios in 1952 as an animator on projects that included Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp, and Sleeping Beauty. Crump would ultimately switch gears from animator to Imagineer, first with WED Enterprises (the predecessor to Disney Imagineering) and later with Disney Imagineering. Additional Imagineer work included contributions to EPCOT center’s Land Pavillion and Wonders of Life pavilions, as well as master planning an expansion of Disneyland in 1983. In 1992, Crump was tasked with the redesign and refurbishment of The Land and Innoventions pavilions at Epcot.

Related: Walt Disney Imagineering has announced the return of Bruce Vaughn as its Chief Creative Officer 

Crump’s work outside of Disney included consulting on the construction of Knott’s Berry Farm in California, Busch Gardens in Florida and California, and Ringling Brothers & Barnum and Bailey Circus World in Florida.

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