Zippin Pippin roller coaster moves to North Carolina

October 28, 2006

The Zippin Pippin became one of the more famous roller coasters in America, not for the ride itslf, but because of its most famous rider, Elvis Presley.  Elvis would rent Libertyland, where the Zippin Pippin resided, for private parties, and was said to love the 1923 vintage ride.

According to the Commercial Appeal, the roller coaster is bound for Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina to be installed in “a project, called Carolina Crossroads, similar to Branson, Mo., and Pigeon Forge, Tenn., with music and high-end shopping themes.”  Dollywood considered buying the ZP, but realized it would cost to much money to fit the 3,000-foot ride into the existing space. 

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