GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - Thursday is the 36th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s final ride on his favorite roller coaster – the Zippin Pippin, which is now in Green Bay.
The rock and roll legend died just over a week later.
The ride is now at Bay Beach Park in Green Bay, where officials plan to celebrate the anniversary in a number of ways.
Riders will get glowing necklaces to help brighten the wooden roller coaster. Presley’s favorite peanut butter and banana sandwiches will be served, along with “hound dogs.”
A costume contest and tribute performance will also be featured.
The Zippin Pippin ran for decades in Memphis where it became Elvis’ favorite ride. Green Bay spent almost $4 million to recreate the roller coaster, using the original seats.
It has attracted thousands more riders than expected since it opened at Bay Beach in 2011.