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ANGEL — Rolly Crump, the longtime Disney designer who was key in creating some of Disneyland's most innovative attractions, has passed away. He is 93 years old.

Disney confirmed his death Monday afternoon, said he died Sunday at his home in Carlsbad, California.

Born Roland Fargo Crump, “Imagineer” joined The Walt Disney Studios in 1952.

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While part of the Walt Disney Imagineering team, he was one of Walt Disney's principal designers for several Disneyland attractions and stores, including the Haunted Mansion, Enchanted Tiki Room, and Adventureland Bazaar.

Rolly was also the principal designer of the Disney attractions featured at the New York World's Fair in the '60s, including It's a Small World, for which he designed the Tower of the Four Winds marquee.

When the attraction moved to Disneyland in 1966, Rolly designed the iconic animated clock at the entrance.

Based on DisneyRolly left in 1970 to work on other projects, including Busch Gardens in Florida and California, ABC Wildlife Refuge in Maryland, and Ringling Brothers & World Circus Barnum and Bailey in Florida.

He returned in 1976 to help establish the EPCOT Center. Through many of these projects, Rolly “retired” from Disney in 1996, but continued to work on a number of projects.

She released her autobiography titled “It's Kind of a Cute Story” in 2012.

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