Sunday, April 21, 2002 11:59 AM
Share your thoughts about this coaster. The stats are below:
Built in 1915 at Overton Park in midtown Memphis, TN. Relocated the the fairgrounds in 1923. When Libertyland opened in 1976, it was relocated there. Designed by John Miller and Harry C. Baker. Built by the National Amusement Device Company. 2,865 ft long and 40 mph max speed.
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:09 PM
I hear its pretty darned fun. I've never heard anything especially negative about it.
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The Shy One
Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:18 PM
Actually, the coaster was only moved once, because the fairgrounds that it was moved to in 1923 later became Libertyland.
Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:40 PM
This coaster was also claimed to be Elvis Presley's favorite coaster. On some days, he would rent out the park just to ride this coaster.
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:43 PM
I understand Elvis loved the ride.
Sunday, April 21, 2002 12:45 PM
Beaten to the King, lol! I got stuck, I was gonna say something about a picture I saw of the ZP but I spaced......
maybe somebody could find the King riding if the rumors are true.
Sunday, April 21, 2002 5:23 PM
Wow, a Miller/Baker/NAD creation? Sounds like a hidden gem :)
Off with the trims!
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 8:03 PM
I was watching an E! True Hollywood Story on Elvis tonight (don't ask why) and interestingly enough, they mentioned how this was his favorite coaster, and how he would often rent out the park and ride the Zippin Pippin over and over again. Very cool...
Sunday, April 21, 2002 9:09 PM
One major thing that wasnt mentioned was the fact that it is the second oldest coaster in America. It used to be the oldest, until Leap the Dips was rebuilt. But, if you look at the height and drop height of LTD, Zippin Pippin is a HUGE step up from it!
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Sunday, April 21, 2002 10:01 PM
If Libertyland opened on May 4th, 1976, where did the Zippin Pippin operate for 52 years?
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Monday, April 22, 2002 10:18 AM
I heard that the ZP's past is kind pf unknown. People say that the coaster was originally built in 1910 and then either moved or redesigned (depending on who you talk to), but the "real" truth is that the coaster was constructed in 1923 on the same grounds that an earlier coaster stood on, and has no relation to that ride. I have never ridden the coaster, but from the pictures I have seen, it looks like a fairly standard Miller out-and-back, very much like the coasters he built during the early twenties.
Vertigo: I think the fairgrounds where the coaster originally operated became Libertyland in 1976.
The Shy One
Monday, April 22, 2002 2:17 PM
I take it no one read my post...
Monday, April 22, 2002 2:24 PM
I don't know anything about it, but they sure keep the grass under it nicely groomed!
He let the contents of the bottle do the thinking; can't shake the devil's hand and say you're only kidding.
Monday, April 22, 2002 2:55 PM
When I went to Libertyland in Memphis I wasn't expecting much from a coaster built in 1923. Maybe it was Elvis' favorite coaster, but what coasters was he comparing it to at the time, and what coasters had he hidden? I was surprised to find out Elvis knew what he was talking about. This is a great coaster, one of the top classic in coasters in the country. From front seat to back seat lots of air time and alot of kick. Zippin Pippin is a gem of a coaster, well worth checking out.
Monday, April 22, 2002 3:49 PM
Zippin Pippin operated at what is now Overton Square when it first opened until it was relocated the the fairgrounds in 1923. It operated at the fairgrounds until 1976 when Libertyland first opened where the fairgrounds used to stand/still are standing and has been operating ever since. It's pretty safe to say Zippin Pippin has been operating constantly for a very long time.
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