MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Visitors from around the world are in Memphis to see Graceland and be part of Elvis's 40th death anniversary.
But the nearly $30 fee to participate in the once-free vigil is causing confusion and frustration.
For the first time ever, Graceland guests will not be able to participate in Elvis' candlelight vigil for free.
In the past, visitors have been able to take part in the event without paying anything extra; that will change this year.
Guests will now need a property pass wristband to enter all non-ticketed areas of the Graceland property during Elvis Week.
This property pass includes Elvis Week Entertainment Tent, Ticket Pavilion, restaurants and select gift shops, and free parking after 5 p.m.
These property pass wristbands are not for individual sale—they are included in Elvis Presley's Memphis tickets.
A one day ticket is $28.75. Additional days are then available at a discounted price.
Despite this, guests will be able to watch the procession at no cost—they will just not be able to participate.
"No, I am not OK with it," said Claudia Hatge, who is visiting from Germany. "It all costs a lot of money for the fans, but to buy a wristband to go to candlelight, it's not OK."
But without these blue wristbands, fans will not be allowed inside the gate.
Elvis Presley Enterprises said the change comes as part of updated security measures due to the large crowds expected over the next few days.
The wristband will give visitors access to Elvis Presley's Memphis and the candlelight vigil.
Friday, Graceland released the following statement:
The change comes one year after protesters were arrested at Graceland. They cited poverty and crime as the reasons for the protest.
Even with the change, some fans are willing to shell out the cash, like Jim Grice who is visiting for his third time from Oaklawn, Illinois.
"Times change, and if that's what it takes to have a vigil with Elvis then that's what it takes," Grice said.
Graceland said that fans will be able to continue to partake of free walk-up visits to Presley's grave daily from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., including Tuesday morning ahead of the Candlelight Vigil.
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