Rolly Crump gives Disneyland a bit of ‘flitter’ and a lot of whimsy

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Rolly Crump cradles a paper mache figure, which is reminiscent of the figures created for “It’s a Small World.” Valley News/Nathalie Taylor photo
Nathalie Taylor Special to Village News I can’t imagine Disneyland without the influence of Roland “Rolly” Crump. This 90-year-old, who called Fallbrook home for many years and was named a Disney Legend, gave the park some of its most whimsical and magical touches while working as a Disney Imagineer. His ideas and the resulting creations were many, and his work appears throughout Disneyland: A shiny eye here and a whirring propeller there. Smiling figures, floating pianos and whimsical trash cans: They were all ideas born in the mind of the artist. His vehicle license plate reads “Crumpy.” It has become a description of a certain whimsical style of art – “Crump-like” or “Crumpy-like.” When you first meet him, you are surprised at his humility and the more you l
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