Elvis Week Tips and Tricks

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Welcome to the official blog of Elvis Presley’s Graceland! You can take Elvis-inspired quizzes, get first-looks on events here at Graceland and how-to guides on everything you need to know about Elvis and his home. Like Elvis, we come with a little southern charm

Elvis Week Tips and Tricks

Elvis Week 2019 is only weeks away. 

For some Elvis fans, this will be their first Elvis Week. Looking at the schedule, it may all seem a little daunting – so much to do! So many cool things to see! So many shows to attend, so many autographs to get.

We asked Elvis Week veterans for their best tips and tricks to help Elvis Week first-timers navigate their first Elvis Week. Here are a few of their tips – with a few of ours mixed in. 

Thank you, thank you very much to the fans who contributed these tips! We can’t wait to see everyone at Elvis Week!

First things first…

  • Get your tickets before they sell out! We have several packages that are close to selling out – get yours now.
  • The Guest House at Graceland is steps away from all of the Elvis Week action, and a few rooms are left for Elvis Week. Book now.
  • “The best advice is to download the EW19 app to keep up with events. You don’t want miss any of the fabulous events.” – Gigi B., who has attended every Elvis Week since ’78.
  • Schedule your Graceland tour! With all the concerts, panels and other events, you may get caught up in everything Elvis Week – but remember, this is a great time to tour the mansion. 
    • “One thing is, I would tour the mansion early and get the ticket where you can go through it again throughout that same day. You will miss things for sure on that first time.” – Natalie F.
  • The Graceland campus is always growing. Be sure to familiarize yourself with a Graceland map. Still lost? Ask a fellow fan – and make a new Elvis friend!
  • Learn all there is to know about Graceland with our new Visitor's Guide.
  • See where it all started with a Graceland Excursion to Elvis’ birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi! Book now.
    • “A trip to Tupelo is always a day of fun.” – Gerry O., Long Island, New York 
  • “Take advantage of the free walk ups to Meditation Garden (early morning and evening). They are free and you can spend more time up there than you might otherwise during EW.” – Laura C., Marietta, Georgia, who is returning for her 32nd Elvis Week.
  • “From one fan to another, empty data on your phone. Or make sure you have extra batteries and memory cards for camera. You will indeed take a ton of photos.” – Laurie H., who has attended every Elvis Week since 1998
  • Meet Elvis artists Betty Harper and Joe Petruccio, who create amazing works of art that honor the  king. You can also meet jeweler Lowell Hays, who created jewelry for Elvis. 

Candlelight Vigil

  • “Bring some sort of mosquito repellent during the vigil...I learned that lesson the hard way.” - NaTausha S., Ohio
  • “Bring a lawn chair. Standing in line for candlelight ceremony can begin to hurt.” – Terri L., a nine-time Elvis Week veteran
  • Should you get in line for the Candlelight Vigil early, or wait until later in the evening? Consider these differing opinions:
    • “I like to get in line early. We take chairs, snacks, and water. It is just fun talking to everyone.” - Lola F., Nashville, Tennessee
    • “I never get in the vigil line early. I wait till after 10 and it slows down and is cooler. I also waited because I wanted to see how high the flowers were atop his grave. It was always an awesome sight for me to see.” – Kissa P.
    • "On Vigil night, don’t get in line right away. Show up for the opening ceremony and then take it all in for a few hours on the street. Generally, you can get in line later in the night and not have the oppressive crowds and heat (unless it’s a year that ends in a “2” or a “7”)!!” – Laura C., Marietta, Georgia, who is returning for her 32nd Elvis Week.

Keep It Cool

  • “Take your vitamins, pre-hydrate, and try your best to get some decent sleep! Memphis heat and the pace of the week is a lot for anyone to keep up with.” – Chelsa B.
  • “Beat the heat. You can spend your time in the shops or restaurants. Take the Guest House shuttle and visit inside the hotel. It is always beautiful to visit the staircase, just like the one inside Graceland! So many photo opportunities!” – NaTausha S., Ohio, who will return to Graceland for her second Elvis Week this year
  • “Bring tennis shoes as there is quite a bit of walking.” - Natalie F.
  • “It is hot! They offer a cool cup that has unlimited refills at all the restaurants and candy shop at the pavilion. You can use it through 2019. It is only $15 and worth every cent. Plus it is a great collectible souvenir.” – Monique M., Oklahoma, who has attended five Elvis Weeks.

Let’s Be Friends

  • “Offer to take a picture at the gate for someone, so they can all be in it together. Everyone is family and friends at Graceland.” – Monique M., Oklahoma
  • “I used to think I had to do everything there was to do. As the years passed, I toned down to just what was really important to me. You are less tired that way and not always on the run. I wish I had taken more time with my Collectors’ Club/Insider friends to just sit and chat for hours. We were always running and passing and saying hello, and maybe a quick picture, and bye. Never did that sitting and chatting much until later years. Too busy on the run.” – Kissa P.

Thank you, thank you very much to these Elvis fans for their great advice! 

Go to ElvisWeek.com now to start planning your experience!

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