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Graceland
Ranked #1 of 163 things to do in Memphis
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Graceland in Memphis, Tennessee, is the home of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock 'n' Roll. Elvis Presley's Graceland is open daily with tours of Graceland Mansion, Elvis’ custom jets and our new entertainment and exhibit complex, Elvis Presley’s Memphis. The new complex includes a new automobile museum, Presley Motors, and Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum, the world’s largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world, as well as many more exhibits, restaurants and shops. The tour of Graceland Mansion features an interactive, iPad tour with additional enhancements including photos, video and more.
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Arrived at 1:30 pm on a Thursday. Paid $10 to park. Because there were only 2 cashiers on duty, we waited for 20 minutes behind only 15 or 20 people to pay for Graceland tickets. The 2 cashiers were excruciatingly slow.

Before getting in line to take a bus to the Graceland House, they give you a ticket to see a 7- minute film that is time stamped 20 minutes later, so you will go spend the intervening time in their gift shop. Skip that, and go straight to the movie line. They don't check the time on the ticket.

After the movie, you wait in a very, very slow moving line to ride a bus to the house. There were about 200 people in line. This will waste about an hour of your life.

600,000 people per year go through Graceland, and with lots of people stopping to take pictures of the eccentric, tacky 60's decor, the line moves painfully slow.

There are three options ranging from a "Platinum" option for $159 per person to $38.50 to see the house only. Airplane tour is $5 extra.

Believe me, the house and airplane tour is more than enough. On the regular house tour, there is already every imagineable bit of memorabilia in an adjacent "Hall of Trinkets" including report cards, and desks that Elvis used - virtually everything except his toothbrush.

The second floor of the house where Elvis actually overdosed is closed to the public.

If nothing else, it is somewhat interesting to see how someone with lots of money chooses to satisfy their sense of extravagance. There is a jungle-themed den, a yellow leather-clad room with 3 TV's and a bar (would be a media or theatre room today), lots of shag carpet, mirror-clad dining room, hallways, and living room, and a pool table room with cloth walls and ceiling.

Elvis and parents are interred out back beside the house next to a small reflection pool and accompanying grave markers.

The airplane is a step back to Elvis' drug culture, with it's purpose obviously interlocked with that addiction.

If you should have the misjudgment to see Graceland during a holiday period, you will waste a tremendous amount of time waiting in line. Seeing Graceland is modestly interesting, but definitely once is more than enough !!

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ElvisPresleyEntp, Web Content Specialist at Graceland, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your Graceland experience. We work hard to minimize wait times as much as possible. If there is a wait for the mansion tour, we hope our guests will spend that time exploring our many other exhibits. We also work hard to offer a variety of ticket packages that fit all budgets as much as possible.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

My husband grew up with Elvis.
For me, he died when I was 17 and I grew up with 70’s/80’s music. However I do sing along to Elvis when he is on the radio.
What can I say, this was great!
Yes, some attendants service was “basic”, but others were really good.
The artefacts, memorabilia and the audio on the iPad were really interesting.
We did the $59 experience tour and we were there for 4 hours.
Easy to walk around, relaxing, you can go at your own pace - recommended!!

1  Thank Jill D
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ElvisPresleyEntp, Web Content Specialist at Graceland, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thank you for visiting Graceland! We hope you'll make a return visit soon.

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Been waiting for many years to visit Graceland. Loved the tour and the grounds and exhibits wonderful. Unfortunately the staff were not very friendly and at times almost rude to people on the tour. These guests were just looking for the bathroom, needing help with IPAD difficulties or just trying to get head phones. This was very disappointing to me.

1  Thank Marianne C
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ElvisPresleyEntp, Web Content Specialist at Graceland, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thank you for being our guest, and thank you for letting us know about your experience. We apologize for these staff members, and we will follow up with our team to make adjustments as needed. We hope you'll consider returning soon, and we'll do our best to see that your next experience is entirely enjoyable.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

While its a little pricey to visit, its good. We did the experience tour w/ planes The house was very interesting, and the narrative was personal and informative. It was great. The exhibits were very cool too. The Cars, Costumes, Movie Memoralbilia all fantastic. I wouldnt bother with the planes. That was the dullest part. I'd also plan on eating somewhere else. Some of the gifts were reasonable, some way too pricey. Also the parking is a rip-off. For what they charge for entrance fees, parking should be free. I'm glad I finally got to visit thou, it was worth it.

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ElvisPresleyEntp, Web Content Specialist at Graceland, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thank you for visiting Graceland! We apologize for the parking fee, but due to our staffing needs and ongoing operations, we require the fee. We appreciate your understanding, and we hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Be sure to get the VIP tour. It's worth every penny to skip the long lines. What a fun glimpse into the life and home of the King. The audio guide is very well done.

1  Thank Melissa M
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ElvisPresleyEntp, Web Content Specialist at Graceland, responded to this reviewResponded 22 May 2018

Thanks for being our guest! Come back soon!

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