Sunday, March 12, 2006

Exhumed and Relocated

Originally I had planned this blog to be a bi-weekly updated one. Then I understood that most people don't want to wait that long, especially if its something they are interested in. So, with that said, I am now going to update each Sunday. So without further delay...

In the beginning days of the Haunted Mansion at Disneyland, there was a cemetery that featured stones, some of the same that currently appear at Disney World. However, this cemetery was smaller and had fewer stones. Throughout the years, with the growing popularity of the mansion, the cemetery was altered and even relocated a few times to accommodate the growing queue line near the side of the house. Some Imagineers got to keep their tombstones as little mementoes. Others however either got destroyed due to the constant weathering of materials, taken home by workers or who knows what else. However, we know that one survived.

Most of you know that Imagineers such as Marc Davis, X. Atencio, Claude Coates and others had, and still have tombstones at the Haunted Mansion. But did you know that Rolly Crump, co-designer of effects and creator of the Museum of the Weird had one? Like many of the names on the tombstones, they are somehow altered plays on the Imagineers names. In this case, his was altered to Rolo Rumkin. This name as you know is also a name for one of the singing busts.

The tombstone itself is now located inside of the Graveyard at the Disneyland mansion. Right after the singing busts, the doombuggies turn towards the king and queen on the teeter-totter and also the duke and duchess at the table having tea. On the right hand side of the track, hidden in the shadows, is the Rolo Rumkin tombstone. One way to notice it is the fact that it is shaped like no other tombstone in the graveyard. Below are pictures of the tombstone blueprint, the approximate location within the scene, and also a picture of the tombstone, again graciously provided by that master photographer, bpgstudios.

The tombstone reads:

Rolo Rumkin

Lived and Died,

A friendly bumpkin


Blogger Chris Merritt said...

Nice detective work!

9:35 AM  

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