Yesterday, The Blast reported that Disney Imagineer, Rolly Crump, known for his work on the Haunted Mansion, “it’s a small world”, and the Enchanted Tiki Room, has sadly passed away. He was 93 years old.
Now President, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Josh D’Amaro pays homage, thinking back to Crump’s legacy.
Josh D’Amaro speaks out
Josh D’Amaro took to Instagram to share a photo of the late Disney Imagineer, seen standing among some of the popular attraction’s most iconic dolls, ‘It’s a Small World’, which Crump has helped design.
“If you have ever visited Disney attractions such as The Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room and ‘it’s a small world’ or watched the movies Peter Pan, Lady and the Tramp or Sleeping Beauty, then you have enjoyed Rolly’s amazing work Crump,” D’Amaro wrote on Instagram.
The President of Disney Parks added: “Rolly sadly passed away this week at the age of 93, and we honor him as an animator and Imagineer. With his work, Rolly embodied Disney creativity and innovation. in the service of storytelling.His legacy at Disney will live on in the happiness that his work continues to bring to millions of guests each year.
D’Amaro concluded with a quote from Walt Disney himself, writing, “As Walt Disney said; ‘it takes people to make dreams come true’. Thank you Rolly, for making the world a happier place.
Rolly Crump’s Legacy
According to a Facebook post by close friend and “It’s Kind of a Cute Story” co-author Jeff Heimbuch, Crump died March 12 at his home in California.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce that Roland ‘Rolly’ Fargo Crump passed away peacefully yesterday morning at his home in Carlsbad, California,” the post read. “He was 93 years old.”
Heimbuch went on to discuss Crump’s legacy with The Walt Disney Company, writing, “A truly one-of-a-kind individual, Rolly’s whimsical work has been showcased all over the world. Whether it’s his many contributions to Walt Disney movies and theme parks, his work for various pop culture luminaries (like Ernie Ball and Jacques Cousteau), or his own personal artwork, the style Rolly’s Incredible was unique and instantly recognizable to many.
Crump is best known for his work at Disney Parks, having helped design some of the most iconic attractions, including the Enchanted Tiki Room, Haunted Mansion and ‘It’s a Small World’. Not only has he worked within the Disney community, but he has also created and designed projects for Knotts Berry Farm, Busch Gardens and other theme parks.
“He leaves behind a legacy that can never be matched, and the magic he created for countless people around the world will never be forgotten,” the Facebook post continued. “Rolly and his family would like to thank the fans for supporting his work over the years. His whole life has been filled with one ‘kind of cute story’ after the next, and he will be remembered fondly. ‘love.