Visitors to Elvis Presley’s grave will now pay to enter Graceland gates

Elvis Presley grave at Graceland. (Texas Elvis Fan Club archives)

First time in Candle Light vigil fans will pay to visit grave site

Elvis, his parents Gladys and Vernon, and grandmother Minnie Mae are buried at Mediation Gardens


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Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE) announced Thursday, August 10, 2017 of new changes to their Graceland visitors policy that will cause only paying guests the opportunity to visit Elvis Presley’s grave in Memphis, Tennessee.

Graceland is the second most visited home in the United, after the White House in Washington, D.C. Elvis Week begins this weekend and Memphis anticipates one of the largest crowds ever to attend because of the 40th anniversary of his death. Historically, thousands of fans holding candles on August 15, walk from the front gates of Graceland to the grave site for a silent memorial service. Elvis died upstairs in his bathroom directly above the entrance of Graceland on August 16, 1977.

Elvis Presley

Because of security and safety, EPE indicates fans without wristbands will not be allowed through the gates of Graceland for the candlelight vigil. Depending on the ticket type, wristbands costs between $28-$75 each.

EPE released the following statement Thursday night:

This year we have updated our security measures at Graceland for Elvis Week, as we anticipate very large crowds for this 40th anniversary.  In order to keep everyone safe and ensure an enjoyable and meaningful event for all, we have worked closely with local, state and federal security authorities to establish new procedures that have been widely used across the U.S.

An Elvis Week property pass wristband now allows guests to enter all non-ticketed parts of Graceland property throughout Elvis Week, including the Elvis Week entertainment tent, ticket pavilion, restaurants and select gift shops, plus free parking after 5 pm. This wristband is included with a ticket to Elvis Presley’s Memphis during Elvis week (our lowest priced tour ticket). Since the vast majority of our guests take our tour as part of their visit during Elvis Week, there is no additional cost to them.

During the candlelight vigil evening, we invite everyone to join us on Elvis Presley Blvd. In front of the mansion. Guests are welcome to stay in this area throughout the evening to watch the candlelight vigil ceremony, and observe the procession without a property pass.

As with all other Elvis Week events on the Graceland campus, to join the procession up to meditation garden, guests will need their Elvis Week property pass wristband. For guests who join us for vigil night only and wish to join the procession, they will be able to purchase an Elvis Presley’s Memphis tour ticket that evening and receive their property pass. 


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8 Comments on "Visitors to Elvis Presley’s grave will now pay to enter Graceland gates"

  1. Esther Salazar | August 11, 2017 at 11:59 am | Reply

    EPE your making it difficult for the average Elvis fan ! Some fans just go to see his grave but now have to buy a pass is really sad! Elvis would agree with me!

  2. EPE Enterprises’ is ruining Elvis’ name because he would never do this to his fans.

  3. Elvis riot? Hey make a point!

  4. it is all about the money! why can’t they just give Elvis fan the wrist bans for free?

  5. Shirley Dickson | August 11, 2017 at 8:34 pm | Reply

    Maybe ELVIS wouldn’t agree with this extra charge. But times are changing and with thousands of FANS going through GRACELAND on a daily basis the up keep must be huge. So as far as I can see this will help keep the KINGS HOME open to his many FANS who travel thousands of miles to see their ICONIC KING OF ROCK IN ROLLS HOME stay in prestige condition. The memories you come away with far out way the cost.xxxxx😗

  6. Can’t believe you are doing this! To soo many of us that is a very sacred place for us to go – if even for a few minutes – to reflect on our thoughts and memories of Elvis😢

  7. Shame , shame, shame on you Elvis Presley Enterprises…… charging loyal fans to pay respects to the deceased.

  8. this is bull crap. i was there and i couldnt get in without a blue band. security said go to the planes and buy a band, sorry you need one to come in. we all argued with them, telling them no we dont. all 12 of us went home very ticked off.
    never be back again!!!!!!

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