Legendary Unbuilt Disneyland Ride Comes to Life

Rolly Crump’s Museum of the Weird finally materializes

The Disney archives hold many treasures, but some of the weirdest are the plans for the unrealized Disneyland attraction “Museum of the Weird.” In the early 1960s imagineers Rolly Crump and Yale Gracey sketched out dozens of surreal and fantastic scenes, rooms filled with high-style bats and skeletons, most of which never got past the design phase. Some ideas from the never-built but still legendary concept made their way into the Haunted Mansion in 1969. Curators Ken Daly and Rebecca Lord asked more than 50 artists to interpret the curiosities, finally bringing the Museum of the Weird to life. The show opens Saturday night at Creature Features in Burbank with Crump himself as the honored guest.