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Work starts in Green Bay on Elvis’ favorite ride

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) — An effort to bring Elvis Presley’s favorite ride to Green Bay is one step closer.

Bay Beach Roller Coaster Construction in the Bay Beach Amusement Park, 1215 Bay Beach Road, Green Bay

Door County resident Doug McGee has given a $100,000 contribution to the Zippin Pippin fundraising effort.

Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt joined McGee and others Wednesday during groundbreaking ceremonies.


It is a recreation of a historic wooden roller coaster that operated for many years in Memphis, Tenn., and was renowned as Presley’s favorite amusement park ride.

To obtain the Zippin Pippin rights and build a replica, the city is borrowing $2.4 million and trying to raise $600,000 in private donations. Schmitt told the Green Bay Press-Gazette that donations have totaled $255,000 so far, including McGee’s contribution.

The grand opening is expected next May.

Information from: Green Bay Press-Gazette, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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