Rolly Crump was an American artist and designer who is best known for his work with Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative division of The Walt Disney Company that designs and develops theme parks, resorts, and attractions.
He was born Roland Fargo Crump on February 27, 1930, in Alhambra, California. Crump died at his home in Carlsbad, California, on March 12, 2023, at the age of 93.
Rolly Crump Career
Crump started his career at Disney in 1952 as an in-betweener, working on animated films like “Peter Pan” and “Lady and the Tramp.”
In the 1960s, he joined the Imagineering team and became a key figure in the development of Disneyland and its attractions.
Crump worked on several iconic Disneyland rides, including “The Haunted Mansion,” “Enchanted Tiki Room,” and “It’s a Small World.”
His unique design style and use of bold colors and shapes helped create the distinctive look and feel of these attractions.
After leaving Disney in 1971, Crump continued his career as an artist, designer, and author. He has worked on several other theme park projects, including the Knott’s Berry Farm amusement park in California.
He has also published several books about his experiences at Disney and his artwork.
Crump’s contributions to the world of animation and theme park design have been recognized with several awards and honors, including induction as a Disney Legend in 2004 and a Themed Entertainment Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2018.
He retired from Disney in 1996 and published an autobiography It’s Kind of a Cute Story in 2012. Crump died at his home in Carlsbad, California, on March 12, 2023, at the age of 93.
Rolly Crump Children: Meet Christopher, Roxana, and Theresa Crump
Rolly Crump has three children named, Christopher, Roxana, and Theresa Crump.