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April 29, 2009 – Disney Legends and Imagineers Don Edgren and Rolly Crump Are Awarded Windows in Disneyland

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“All dreams begin in the minds of men. Men of vision, faith, and imagination, men of science and industry, education and the arts. Man is always on the move, searching and dreaming, beyond the horizons of today, and bringing the promise of tomorrow ever closer to reality.”

On April 29, 2009, Imagineers and Disney Legends Don Edgren and Rolly Crump were awarded windows on Main Street, USA, of Disneyland. Edgren worked for Disney in 1954, when the engineering company he worked for was hired to help create Disneyland. After working on the construction of the Matterhorn, he was officially hired by Disney in 1961. Edgren was instrumental in the creation of Walt Disney World in Florida and Tokyo Disneyland. His window was awarded posthumously, as he passed away in 2006. Marty Sklar, the Imagineering Ambassador, noted that with Edgren’s “can-do” attitude, he was able to meet any challenge he faced at the parks. Crump was also awarded at the ceremony, having been a key designer in many popular park attractions, including the Enchanted Tiki Room, it’s a small world, and the Haunted Mansion. Sklar said in his speech that Walt especially appreciated Crump’s willingness to take risks. Crump joined Disney in 1952, originally as an animator and an inbetweener, but found his true calling in 1959 when he moved over to WED Enterprises.

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