Elvis Presley's favorite
roller coaster the Zippin'
Pippin is coming down.
Yesterday, a demolition
crew began to tear down
the classic 1923 out and
Efforts to save and
relocate the roller
coaster from the closed
Libertyland amusement park
The city is spending $2
million to demolish the
remains of Libertyland and
the fairground property,
so they can proceed with
plans to redevelop the
In November the city hired
an expert to see if the
roller coaster was
salvageable. After a
section of the ride was
tore out, it was estimated
that it would cost
millions to restore or
rebuild it. Zippin' Pippin
has been sitting unused,
exposed to the elements,
since Libertyland shut its
doors forever in October
Julie Parrish -
Anita Wood on
the Zippin Pippin
the evenings events at Libertyland 2002 Joe Esposito related the story
of how Elvis would fools around at Libertyland. His favorite joke was to
ride the Zippin Pippin to the top and get the attendant to stop the cart
at the top where he would get off and hide. When the cart returned
and Elvis was not there everyone (not in on the joke would freak out)
thinking Elvis had fallen out along the way. Finally, Elvis would arrive
in his usual casual manner, laughing hard and long.
Parrish co-starred in Elvis'
21st movie PARADISE HAWAIIAN STYLE 1966
the outdoor fun began, we had the pleasure of hearing stories by several
Elvis friends, including Joe Esposito, Larry Geller, Jerry Schilling and
Julie Parrish (Paradise Hawaiian Style). It was also great hearing Julie
Parrish telling how she didn’t get the part in Paradise Hawaiian Style
until she agreed to a tiny part in another movie. She didn’t care -
she just wanted to work with Elvis! Who wouldn’t Julie?
Parrish who co-starred with Elvis' 21st movie
HAWAIIAN STYLE told how she contrived to be in an Elvis movie.
A huge Elvis fan, her lifelong ambition was to secure a role in
an Elvis movie. Finally, after years of nagging her agent to offer her
services, Hal B Wallis the director agreed to give her a screen test -
in his office.
agent aware of the danger was ready, unlike Parrish, who then a naïve
newcomer to behind-the-scenes at Paramount Studio. Once in his office
Hal insisted that the only way he would give her the part would be to
render him his dues…
Julie Parrish considered (only for a split moment) that she may ‘have
to deliver,” her agent rang through to Wallis’ office with an urgent
call from Julie’s mother. That stopped Wallis in his tracks.
Thinking that not obliging Wallis would ruin any chance for her to
co-star with Elvis, she went home desponded. However, fate was on her
side, and several days later, Julie Parrish’s wish came true!
would have never even contemplated the 'casting couch' thing had it been
any other movie role but an Elvis one. Thanks goodness, I didn’t have
to… and I have that role on my resume till the day I die… "
was such a wonderful experience… If only Elvis knew what I was
prepared to do – just to be near him,” recalls, Parrish with a
charming smile that endeared her to the audience. Julie was the
highlight of the evening..
My prayers are with you and your family. You will be surely missed