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In 1974, Marion Knott brought Disney Legend Rolly Crump on board to design the Knott's Bear-y Tales attraction for Knott's Berry Farm. Which at the time, started off as an idea by another designer, of a Boy and a Donkey traveling to the Fair. Later, Rolly would expand on this idea from the Gypsy Camp area of the park and the ride would become Knott's Bear-y Tales. Rolly embellished the charming animal designs while retrofitting it to Marion's changes.
Rolly Crump and his team at Design 27 and Fantasy Fair brought the magic he had from his time at Disney. He combined black light and incandescent spotlighting for the signs/characters/sets, layered the ceiling with colorful leaves and special effects that gave the ride magic. He created memorable characters that were unique to Knott's Berry Farm, assigned Robert F. Bruner to compose a soundtrack and helped to create the careers of people who would go on to do more projects within the theme park industry.
RIP Rolly Crump
Feb. 27, 1930 - March 12, 2023
Growing up in Los Angeles in the 70s/80s we visited Disneyland on a regular basis and often after school, before "Annual Passes".