Elvis Presley, the King of Rock ‘n Roll, was born 80 years ago today in Tupelo, Miss.
We’d like to thank him for making the Zippin Pippin (then known as the “Pippin”) famous!
— Remember Libertyland (@Libertyland) January 8, 2015
The information side in front of the Zippin Pippin shed some light on its ties to Elvis:
The Zippin Pippin was Elvis Presley’s favorite ride. The “King” rented Libertyland August 8, 1977 from 1:15 a.m. until 7 a.m. to entertain a group of about 10 guests. Decked in a blue jumpsuite with black leather belt, huge belt buckle with turquoise studs and gold chains, the “king” rode the Zippin Pippin repeatedly during a two-hour period. He lost his belt buckle on the ride that morning, and it was found and returned the next day. Elvis’s Libertyland rental became his last public appearance. He died August 16.