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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