Walt Disney assigned Rolly Crump to work with Yale Gracey on
the Haunted Mansion in 1959. Rolly maintains that he learned a lot from Yale
during their time together. They were given a room on the second floor of the animation
building, and they had a year to develop illusions specifically for the Haunted
Rolly came to Walt’s attention when Ward Kimball told Walt
about Rolly’s propeller sculptures. IN 1964, Rolly would apply his knowledge of
kinetic sculptures to the “Tower of the Four Winds” for the 1964-65 World’s
Rolly’s Haunted Mansion concepts were considered too weird
by his fellow imagineers. Walt, however, thought they could be used in a
spillover area where guests could interact with a chair that talked, the
melting candleman, or a coffin-styled grandfather clock. Rolly also came up
with a concept for a haunted gypsy cart. Walt called it the “Museum of the Weird.”
The concept failed to materialize after Walt’s death.
Rolly and Yale were giving time and freedom to do what they
wanted with their day. The created the illusions that are part of one of the
most beloved attractions at Disneyland. Even though the Museum of the Weird
never materialized, Rolly’s willingness to try new things made him a great
imagineer. You can follow his example and try new things, too!
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If you want to be more creative, you have to be open. You
have to open yourself up to new experiences, new ideas and remain open minded.
People are naturally closed. They want to confirm their beliefs and be comfortable,
which is counter to creativity. Creativity challenges. Creativity is
uncomfortable. Creativity is scary because it leads to change, and no one can
really predict where the innovation will take people.
Open to New Experiences
New experiences are the basis of new ideas. Having the same
experiences day and day out only leads you to becoming an expert in whatever
your experiencing or becoming extremely dull depending on the experience. At
some point, you need to step out of your everyday activities and work on
something different. It can be as simple as putting together a puzzle or as complicated
as taking a zip line in a foreign country where safety rules might be more like
suggestions. Even something small like changing the route you take to work is
good for your brain.
Open to New Ideas
If you continue to cart around the same ideas day after day, your mind will become stale like a cart full of bread. Your thought processes will mold, and you’ll be faced with the prospect of not being able to feed your mind. New ideas are worth entertaining, they’re worth looking at, and they’re worth evaluating. You may have to discard ideas that don’t work. You may have to discard ideas that you can’t accomplish. You may have to discard ideas because you’re not ready for them, but where you need to discard them to is a journal. Capture all of your ideas by writing them down, and then have new ones.
New experiences and new ideas won’t matter, however, if you
go in having already made your judgement about them. You have to have an open
mind to the experience and to the idea in order for it to be able to grow. If
you shut it down to soon, it’ll shrivel up, dry out and leave no lasting mark
on you. That’s not good for creativity. Open yourself up to the experience, to
the new idea and let your creative self flourish.