Zippin Pippin likely to serve its millionth rider in the next week

Posted Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:05 AM | Contributed by VitaminsAndGravy

The Zippin Pippin roller coaster will reach its 1 millionth rider this weekend or early next week. Green Bay spent about $3.8 million to acquire the Zippin Pippin rights and rebuilt it at Bay Beach Amusement Park. It opened on May 21, 2011. The wooden roller coaster was purchased from Memphis, Tenn., where it was said to be Elvis Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:20 AM

This is a great little park. Zippin Pippin really surprised me. I just wish it wasn't such a long drive to get to Green Bay.

Many people had their doubts about what the city wanted to do with this coaster. But, I think they've proven it was a good decision for the park and for the city.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 9:55 AM

Very glad to see that this has turned out to be a success. Bay Beach is a real nice small park, and the Zippin Pippin really solidifies it.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 10:34 AM

Yeah, remember all of the controversy about whether or not government should be in this business?

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:33 AM

It's hard to forget.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 11:34 AM

City parks have invested in carousels, that's nothing new. But adding and maintaining a good roller coaster is a step in the right direction.

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 12:21 PM

The original Zippin Pippin (as much as I'm a nostalgia freak) was a good coaster.

The new Zippin Pippin....is a beast. I simply *love* that ride! And if our visit to Bay Beach was any indication, the people of Green Bay cannot get enough of their (vastly) improved park...

Deep-fried cheese curds, the stadium Lombardi built, and one awesome TGG ride....it's worth the trip!

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Thursday, June 20, 2013 1:09 PM

In addition to the Coaster and the Stadium Green Bay also has one heck of a Railroad Museum. The Museum includes General Eisenhower's Private train, the Locomotive that hauled it was capable of going over 100 miles per hour. They also have a "Big Boy", which is the largest Steam Locomotive ever built. If you are in the Green Bay area I highly recommend visiting this place along with the other things to do, ;)

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