Posted Monday, December 5, 2005 12:31 PM | Contributed by Jeff
A new fight to save a Memphis landmark is gaining steam. The group Save Libertyland came together after the sudden closure of the struggling amusement park earlier this month. They are protesting the move through petition and song.
Read more and see video from WMC/Memphis.
I generally think the park needs to pick its audience more wisely. They seemed to have a very young group of visitors at the park, but few attractions which really appeal to the adults who take them to there. Some shows would definitely add a missing element. I don't recall a ferris wheel or train ride in the park. I think these are the kind of rides they need.
"The Zippin Pippin was Elvis Presley's favorite ride. The "King" rented Libertyland August 8, 1977 from 1:15 am to 7 am. to entertain a group of about 10 guests. Decked in a blue jumpsuit with black leather belt, huge belt buckle with turquoise studs and gold chains, the "King" rode the Zippin Pippin repeatedly during a two-hour period. He lost his belt buckle on the ride that morning, and it was found and returned the next day. Elvis's Libertyland rental became his last public appearance. He died August 16."
I still remember being at SFOG on August 16 and returning to the hotel to hear the TV news that Elvis had passed. I hope ZP can be saved as it's quite a historical ride as well as a fun one. And yes, the Aqua Scoot ride is AWESOME! There's also a Dentzel carousel at LL very much worth saving and there was a train ride as well. Rebellion was possibly the scariest free fall tower I've ridden. Seemed like the brakes would never catch and then suddenly you stopped at ground level.
It's needs to stay around because it's holds a very prominent place in coaster history. I don't know about all the plans for the coaster museum that ACE has proposed, but if it included installing classic/legendary coasters...this one would belong.
I am glad to hear that they are doing something to help preserve it. The Pippin is one of my favorite woodies, and I would HATE to see it go to waste.
It was running flawlessly during the Preservation Con last year, and we had a blast! Some of the ride ops mentioned that Elvis and his friends used to jump out of the coaster at the top of the lift hill just to mess with the ride ops. Whether that is fact or fiction we will never know, but it was fun listening to the park's employees tell those stories over peanut butter and banana sandwiches. :-) I am sure if Elvis was still alive he would be the ultimate credit ho. He LOVED coasters and used to go to parks whenever he toured.
Yes, I know way too much about Da King.
I hope the whole park can be saved. I HATE seeing small parks like Libertyland shut down.
The Zippin' Pippin was my daughter's first coaster! She was 5, now she's 11, and she's not happy about Libertyland closing. They definitely should have warned people that they were about to close, we would have had season passes last year. Oh, well.
I think one of the big problems with Libertyland was it's location. Memphis is a very crime-filled city, and Libertyland is in one of the worst areas. I did not like driving to and from the park. Yeah, I felt safe in the park, but not on the streets. Personally, I was hoping someone would buy Libertyland and move it to the suburbs.
Doesn't look like that will happen.
You must be logged in to post