Hey Jay, I think you're doin the right thing. As I told you about 2 months ago, there's no reason to come here now when you can wait for the new changes. My friend told me the attractions are gonna be breathtaking and will blow your mind!
But on the other hand, what if you and Anna aren't together by then? Are you still gonna bring her? But I can see why yall would wanna wait for the new attractions. I'll be goin back then for sure!
KC, I see you're up to old tricks again. Still harassin folks, as you did at the E1 forum.
Yeah, bulldoze the lot. A huge park, with maybe a nice undercover area for bbq's, and perhaps a big screen with round-the-clock footage.
But none of this other business they're planning ...
And you're right ... people go to Graceland because it was his home.
Last edited by Getlo; 09-06-2007 at 12:05 PM.
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Have yall ever been to Gatlinburg?
Me and my boyfriend went there for my 23rd birthday, which was durin Elvis Week, and we had a wonderful time! There's so much to do and see there, that you can't see it all in a day.
Anyways, it's a small town with lots of tourists attractions.
They got first-class restaurants, hotels, museums, Ripley's aquarium and gift shops galore!
If you've been there, then you'll know what the Whitehaven/Graceland area will be like in the next 15 years, with Graceland bein the centerpiece.
At least that's the master plan.
Daddy, I miss you more every day. You will always be my hero..
I have been reading this thread and cannot believe that this person thinks that Elvis fans go to Graceland for the 'wow' effect.... I am also a fan of the Bealtes and travelled to Liverpool and found that just visiting places like strawberry fields gates and the cavern is not for the 'wow' but a real emotional experience for a true fan.....its like you feel that bit closer to history.. I have never been to Graceland but hope to some day to see where the man lives and feel closer to Elvis... defo not for any 'wow' effect
Daddy, I miss you more every day. You will always be my hero..
It is hard for us that are the older fans to adjust to the new thought about how Elvis should be marketed. Elvis is so very personal to us all, that the thought he has to be marketed to a newer group of people is like saying we need to market our mother or father's house and grave.
The first time I went in 1979 (I know that was a million years ago) the wow was I was actually looking at his house. We couldn't go in yet, but we hung on the wall and stared at it for hours. The wow was when Harold let us sit in the guard shack all night and you prayed you were breathing the same air Elvis did because you were in his guard shack. You knew ELvis was there with you, you could feel him. The biggest wow was the first time you saw the gravesite. You realized he was gone forever and your life would never be the same again.
I understand the new generation has shorter attention spans and requires faced paced, high energy entertainment. If Graceland must be changed, it must be it. But you missed out on a wonderful time that can never be experienced again. Just one more time, I'l like to be able to park across the street in January. Break out the blankets and look at Graceland through my windshield while I played the Wonderful World of Christmas.
I liked Disney. I liked Graceland. Mom took me when I was 13. I liked the horses, & I liked the gold record gallery. I loved the jet! I think I'd lie to go back once more before the major changes then of course after it's done.
All I wanted was a white knight with a good heart, soft touch, fast horse
Ride me off into the sunset Baby, I'm forever yours
Not to add fuel to the fire, but I have been doing a little survey among strangers to find out what they think of the plans for Graceland. So far I have been able to get answers from 32 different people from random locations such as the coffee shop at Books A Million, Madison Square Mall, the local parks, and downtown. I walked up to people on the streets to ask 3 quick and simple questions.
1)Are you an Elvis fan? 20 out of 32 said yes or that they like his music.
2)Have you ever been to Graceland? 13 out of 32 said yes (11 said they want to go someday)
3)Do you agree with the changes that are being publicly announced for Graceland expanding into a bigger attraction like a theme park? 17 said yes or that they were interested (even those who aren't really fans or been there)
4)Will you visit Graceland once the changes are done. astonishing 24 out of 32 said yes they want to see it when it is done. Wow!
I will tell you that in this 3 day survey I did, I had only 6 people, that's right only 6 people to say NO that they don't agree and won't visit afterwards. They were mostly in their 50's or older. The majority of the ones who voted yes were around my age (34) or younger. That's out of 32 that I have interviewed. I think this goes to show what the general public thinks of the plans for Graceland. By the way, my boss who is 40 loves EP and she can't wait for the changes. She's been to Graceland 3 times now and says it needs to be changed around and given a new life and appeal. Me and her spent a good 20 minutes this morning talking about them and what's all being planned. I even introduced her to my blog and she was impressed.
I will be posting my interview and results later on my blog page for everyone to read.
http://i.usatoday.net/life/_photos/2...-overhaulx.jpg "Without a shadow of a doubt, Bob Sillerman is the BEST thing to happen to the Elvis World in a very long time. Even EPE have stated this. During the next ten years we should see a massive boost for the Elvis Legacy."-courtesy, Brian Quinn
Check out my blog on the new upcoming Graceland expansion and redevelopment.
i was going to sit on the fence here but i can't any longer EP you really should respect other opinions that they don't want the house to change they go because elvis lived there and its a final resting place i haven't the privilidge to go to graceland and think they should leave the estate as it has been for the past 30yrs yes upgrade the outer perimeter of graceland ie the boulevard but let the real fans enjoy the ambience if they change graceland too much it will be to commercialised and not one real fan will go back to visit if it wasn't for the older elvis fans you wouldn't be an elvis fans its us "older" fans that keep the elvis magic alive the younger fans i suspect don't want graceland to change too much please have the respect of other fans and not because they don't agree with your opinions
They won't be touching the mansion or the grounds, just the neighbouring area. I really hope this is the case when everything is finished as this is the most important thing to me
Last edited by Gerianne; 09-07-2007 at 03:21 PM.
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