Smile! You’re at Elvis Presley’s Graceland

Here at the king’s castle, we love Instagram. We love seeing pictures of Elvis fans rocking and rolling at Graceland, taking selfies in front of the house, snapping a kaleidoscope-like shot in Graceland’s many mirrors or taking a family portrait in front of the blue Graceland sign. We’re on Instagram, too, and we share our favorite moments and photos of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll. As the travel season kicks off, we can’t wait to see what creative photos Elvis fans come up with next. We ask that fans use #Graceland so we can easily find your photo in Instagram. In that tag, you’ll see photos from lifelong Elvis fans, celebs who visit Graceland to even a few world-traveling inanimate objects. Wait – what? Some creative fans have brought along their stuffed or plastic touring companions to Graceland, and we’ve seen them all, from puppets to stuffed animals to Legos to dolls. Check out a few recent favorites: When Elvis fan misslocalinda visited the king’s castle, she brought along the most appropriate traveling companion – #travelingelvis. According to her Instagram, #travelingelvis has also visited New Orleans and New Mexico. This world-traveling teddy has its own Instagram account – teddytravelling, of course – and it’s been to Spain, Miami, New Orleans and Chicago, as well as the Bluff City. This doll named Penny – found on Instagram as adollnamedpenny – is a Canadian doll who has seen the world. Penny has traveled to Iceland, Brazil, Germany, Cuba, China and Hawaii – a favorite vacation spot of the king himself. Enrique Monkey (on Instagram as enriquemonkey) is from Spain, lives in England and recently visited Graceland. Enrique has also enjoyed the sights in Hollywood, Iceland and Slovenia, and he’s toured the Grand Canyon and the White House. patrick_the_starfish2016 – the Instagram account of a plush version of the “Spongebob Squarepants” character Patrick – stopped to sign the wall at Graceland. In addition to Memphis, he’s also toured Oklahoma, New Orleans and St. Louis, Missouri. Of course, we love photos with our living, breathing Elvis fans. Graceland is the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll experience, so you’ll want a photo of yourself here somewhere to capture the moment. Whether it’s at the famous wall, in the Jungle Room or at the blue Graceland sign, you have to snap a selfie to share with your friends (and, of course, make them jealous). Last year, our Elvis Week...
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Elvis Presley’s Day Off

Picture it: Memphis, Tennessee. The sun is shining, there’s a cool spring breeze, and the smell of honeysuckle (and maybe a little barbecue) is in the air. The weather has been gorgeous in the Bluff City for the past few weeks. In fact, it’s been the perfect weather to blow off responsibilities – deadlines, emails, assignments and the like – and enjoy everything Memphis has to offer. As the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley didn’t have average responsibilities; his office was anything from the concert stage to the movie set to the recording studio. But when he wanted to take the day off and have fun, Elvis spent his time at local parks and movie theaters. If Elvis were to have a Ferris Bueller-style day off, what would he do? How did Elvis spend his days off in Memphis? When Elvis wanted to have fun in Memphis, he could usually be found at a movie theater, at the Fairgrounds and at a park playing football. He often had to go late at night or rent a theater or park out at night so he could enjoy his time without being mobbed by thousands of fans. He’d often arrive at about midnight and stay until 3:30 or 4 a.m. – sometimes until dawn. Despite his efforts, fans still often found out about his late-night adventures. In a British fan magazine in June 1962, it was reported he spent one night in Memphis playing football, watching “West Side Story” at a local theater, the Memphian, and enjoying the rides at the Fairgrounds until dawn. Elvis also rented bowling alleys, like the Whitehaven Plaza, and rollerskating rinks, such as the Rainbow Rollerdome. He’d often rent these spaces for a matter of days or weeks at a time, just as he did with movie theaters and amusement parks.   In July 1960, Elvis enjoyed time with friends at McKellar Lake with a new waterskiing boat he’d recently purchased. That same month, he rented out the Fairgrounds to enjoy with his girlfriend, Anita Wood, and friends. The movie theater was Elvis’ home away from home. He loved just about every genre of film. Long before the days of DVDs and BluRays, the only way to see a film was in the theater, so Elvis often watched some of his favorite movies multiple times in a theater. He visited several theaters in Memphis, but the...
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Elvis Presley’s Graceland – Top 20 Moments

3764 Highway 51 South, Memphis, Tennessee. The house at that address – now better known as 3764 Elvis Presley Boulevard – has become more than just a house. It’s the home of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley. Millions of fans have made the ultimate rock ‘n’ roll pilgrimage to his home to celebrate and honor him, to light candles in his name and to write messages to him on the wall. Musicians, world leaders and dignitaries have found inspiration on its grounds. This past week, Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrated 20 million visitors since the house opened to the public in 1982. That’s just the latest milestone during the house’s celebrated and storied lifetime. To continue our 20 Million festivities, check out Graceland’s Top 20 Moments. 1939 – Graceland Built Dr. Thomas Moore and Ruth Brown Moore built Graceland in 1939. The home was named Graceland in honor of Ruth’s aunt, Grace. Learn more about Graceland’s history.   1957 – Elvis Purchases Graceland In March 1957, 22-year-old rock star Elvis Presley purchased Graceland and its grounds for just over $102,000. Elvis had just skyrocketed to fame thanks to hits like “Heartbreak Hotel” and “Don’t Be Cruel,” and he’d already made his first film, “Love Me Tender.”   1957 – Graceland Gates Installed One of the most iconic features of Graceland is its gates, which feature Elvis’ silhouette and music notes. The gates were installed at Graceland in April 1957, and Elvis often greeted fans and signed autographs at the gates. Today, it’s one of the most popular locations for a selfie for Graceland guests. Learn more about Graceland’s gates.   1960 – Elvis’ ‘Home from the Army’ Press Conference at Graceland  Elvis was drafted into the Army at the height of his fame in 1958. When he returned home from active duty, he held a press conference in his father, Vernon’s, office at Graceland. He tells reporters he has no plans to leave Memphis and that “I’m going to keep Graceland as long as I possibly can. …Somebody asked me this morning what I missed about Memphis, and I said, ‘Everything.’”   1968 – Lisa Marie Presley Comes Home from the Hospital Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s daughter Lisa Marie was born on February 1, 1968, in Memphis. Elvis and Priscilla brought Lisa Marie home to Graceland a few days later.   1976 – Elvis Records in the...
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Elvis Presley’s Graceland by the Numbers

Put on your party hats, Elvis fans – we’re celebrating. This week, Elvis Presley’s Graceland celebrated 20 million visitors to the king’s castle since opening to the public in 1982. That’s 20 million who have passed through the famous gates of Graceland, 20 million who have rock ‘n’ rolled in the Jungle Room, 20 million who have admired their reflection in Graceland’s mirrors, 20 million who have paid their respects to the king. We have plenty of ways you can help us celebrate, and we’ll get to that in a minute. First, learn more about Graceland’s numbers – because 20 million is just one of our many fascinating numbers. Built in 1939, Graceland is currently 77 years old Graceland has been open to the public for 34 years 20,000,000 visitors have toured Graceland since opening to the public Fans from more than 140 countries have visited Graceland Approximately 3,000 groups (both adult and student) tour Graceland annually The Graceland tour is translated into 9 languages 55 performance groups performed at Graceland in 2015 More than 815 celebrities have visited Graceland 450 rooms at the new Guest House at Graceland (Want to know more about The Guest House at Graceland by the Numbers? Watch this.) Graceland Details: Elvis lived in Graceland for 20 years Elvis was 22 years old when he purchased Graceland Graceland is 17,552 square feet Graceland sits on 13.8 acres of land Elvis purchased Graceland for $102,500 The sofa in the living room is 15 feet long and the coffee table is 10 feet long 14 TVs in the mansion 5 staircases 3 fireplaces 1 pool, which is 10 feet deep 2 lions in front of Graceland 4 horses currently live at Graceland 1 jukebox, which holds 100 45s 3 record players 1 pull-down movie screen 350+ yards of fabric in the Pool Room, which took 3 people 10 days to hang 19 pillows on the sofa in the TV Room In the Graceland Archives: 88 jumpsuits 90,000 images 3,000 pieces of wardrobe 1,000,000+ documents On display are: 14 Grammy nominations 3 Grammy Awards 18 Golden Boot Awards 9 cars 3 Harley Davidson motorcycles 2 Rolls Royces 1 dune buggy 2 super trikes 1 golf cart 2 airplanes 1 grass mobile 1 black leather suit The numbers continue with our 20 Million Elvis Fans Celebration! We have 3 ways to celebrate: 1) Enter our Graceland’s 20 Million Elvis Fans giveaway....
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