You won’t be able to help falling in love with the new Graceland

Elvis's mansion Graceland will continue to house artefacts from his private and family life.

Put on your blue suede shoes and wiggle your hips Memphis way, because the complex dedicated to all things Elvis Presley is now bigger and better than ever.

Elvis Presley’s Memphis, a $45 million, 40-acre entertainment complex designed to complement Graceland, opened yesterday, kicking off a four-day party.

The new entertainment park is far bigger than the previous, somewhat tired-looking Graceland visitor centre – which had housed some of Elvis’s favourite cars as well as his private jet – and takes in the wider Elvis story of his career, peers and place in music history.

Elvis’s iconic white-columned mansion, Graceland, pictured below, will continue to showcasing the beloved singer’s private and family life, complete with carpeted walls, jungle-themed leisure room and private basement recording studio.

His racquetball court has also been restored so it is again in the condition it was when Elvis last used it.

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Elvis’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley says that the Graceland archive had thousands of artefacts but previously hadn’t had space to show them off.

“We’re celebrating Memphis music history, which Elvis was always so proud of,” Priscilla says.

The new complex’s centrepiece is Elvis: The Entertainer, a giant museum covering his music, movie and touring career, including all his gold and platinum records and collection of glittering stage jumpsuits.

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More than 20 of Elvis’s cars, including his pink Cadillac, will be in a separate auto museum, while all his motorised toys will have their own display, as will his custom-made clothes and pieces of memorabilia from his time in the military.

There’s also now a stage on the grounds that will host Elvis movies and concerts, as well as a fairground modelled on the 1956 Mississippi-Alabama Fair.

The complex has a resort-style hotel called The Guesthouse, which has been open since October.

Would you love to visit Graceland? Or Memphis? What would you most like to see? Are you a blues fan?

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