When you think Elvis, you think Graceland…and we think On March 2-5, 2017, the culmination of Graceland’s most expansive enhancements of all time will kick off with four days of epic celebratory events. The Grand Opening Celebration marks the completion of a two-phase enhancement project, which involved establishing The Guest House resort next to Elvis’ Graceland Mansion (opened October 2016) and Elvis Presley’s Memphis opening March 2017, which is so jam-packed with so much hunka-hunka burning Elvis’ lovin’ memorabilia, music, and more that it will literally rock you out of your blue suede shoes.
Front row and center on the Graceland Soundstage
Many of the Grand Opening Celebration events will take place on the all-new 20,000-square-foot Graceland Soundstage. Expect a showcase of Memphis’ rich musical history as well as the best of Memphis music today.
The 1,700-seat soundstage will be used for live performances, movie screenings and premiers, video productions, private events, meetings, conferences and trade shows in the future. In short, everything but the kitchen sink happens at the Graceland Soundstage. Of course, it’s fitting since Elvis was a star of stage, screen, and more.
Elvis: The Entertainer Career Museum
In case you’re not already totally obsessed with Elvis like many of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s devotees, then you should hit the Elvis: The Entertainer and Career Museum. This 20,000-square-foot museum celebrates Elvis’ music, movie, and live touring career.
Learn about the King from hundreds of artifacts pulled from Graceland’s extensive archives. The museum will cover Elvis’ early days in a his hometown of Tupelo, MS, his first recording session in Memphis, the singer’s rise of fame, his Hollywood career, his U.S. Army service days, life at Graceland, years in Las Vegas, and more.
Elvis Discovery Exhibits
These spaces will showcase aspects of Elvis’ life, career, and interests from influential musical genres of R&B, southern gospel, and country and western to today’s artists who are continually influenced by Elvis’ vast body of work.
“Mom and Pop” Themed Restaurants
Literally, the two restaurants located at ‘Elvis Presley’s Memphis’ will be mom and pop restaurants because they’re named for Elvis’ parents, Gladys and Vernon.
- Nosh on classic American cuisine at Gladys’ Diner where Elvis’ fave will be made to order: grilled peanut butter and banana sandwiches.
- Meanwhile, Vernon’s Smokehouse serves up in-house smoked authentic Memphis BBQ.
The complex will also have a coffee bar and ice cream shop. There will also be new retail shops offering the world’s most extensive collection of Elvis merchandise.\
Presley Motors: The Elvis Presley Automobile Museum
Elvis and auto-enthusiasts will love Presley Motors, an automotive museum that showcases 20 of Elvis’ autos and motorized vehicles (including his famed Pink Cadillac). Elvis movie clips that focus on cars and racing will roll in a theater space located in the museum. (If you’re not already humming the tune to Pink Cadillac, there’s a 99% chance you’ll hear it on the radio today because that’s how the spirit of Elvis works, people.)
Speaking of Elvis’ vehicles, the icon’s custom airplanes, Lisa Marie and the Hound Dog II, which are part of Graceland will still be part of the experience.
Needless to say, Elvis Presley’s Memphis will be the largest and most comprehensive Elvis museum in the world; also, needless to say, if you weren’t an Elvis expert before hitting the museum, you will be when you leave.
Take the Ultimate VIP Tour
Now, there’s no wrong way to experience Elvis Presley’s Memphis (trust us), but if you’re a true die-hard Elvis fan, then the only way will be on the Ultimate VIP Tour. Here’s the rundown of what your guided tours includes:
- A sweet ride: Tour transpiration is provided in a special vehicle
- Ultimate Lounge access
- A special photo op
- An exclusive Grand Archives “show and tell” session
- The opportunity to purchase special merchandise that’s only available to Ultimate Guests
- A meal with table service at one of the new restaurants
Tickets are already on sale.
Stay where you play: The Guest House
When you come for Elvis Presley’s Memphis, there’s no better place to stay than at The Guest House at Graceland. The resort earned AAA’s coveted four diamond hotel status within a month of opening. There are 450 rooms in the resort; 430 are guest rooms, and 20 are specialty suites with design and décor overseen by Priscilla Presley.
With two full-service restaurants, a lobby bar, 464-seat theater, outdoor pool, and conference and catering facilities, the hotel is fully decked out (and well worth the bling from AAA). Suffice to say, there’s nowhere else to stay when you’re in Memphis for the fully immersive super-updated and upgraded everything-Elvis experience.