Neverland should be turned into a museum for Michael Jackson fans just like Graceland has for Elvis

July 1, 2009

I was driving to work with Becky and we were listening to Michael Jackson on Heart and Soul on Sirius/XM.  When thinking and singing along (at least in my mind) about MJ, Becky came up with a great idea… She said, “Why don’t they turn Neverland into a tourist attraction?”

I didn’t have a good answer to her question.  The more I thought about it, the better her idea got (it was already a great idea…) in my mind.  I already hate on Elvis as much as possible, but his fans are some loyal fanatics.

Graceland and the pink caddy

Graceland and the pink caddy

Reading up on Graceland, I found a blog that talked about Graceland and their efforts to keep his image alive.

The keepers of the Elvis flame have rolled out television ads, a new website, and print ads to revive the lure of the King and to get people to visit Graceland. Here’s a New York Times article on the effort, which notes that “Cirque du Soleil is developing an Elvis-themed tour and has signed a deal for a permanent Elvis show based in Las Vegas from 2009 while American Greetings is planning to expand its line of Elvis Christmas tree decorations and greetings cards.”

The ability and promise of Neverland is enormous, starting with the front gate entry

The house that MJ built should be kept for a historical testemony to one of the most prolific singers in our time

The house that MJ built should be kept for a historical testemony to one of the most prolific singers in our time

The property itself is enough land to create the amusement park environment.

If Disney doesnt do it, then we could bring back the Captain EO ride that Disneyland used to have.

There is so much promise with a museum and Neverland.  of course, we would have to have the Pepsi exhibit, that is also the cause of some of MJ’s painkiller usage.  I think that they would have to serve Pepsi, even if I personally prefer Coke.

Also, here is a funny recreation of the famous accident, because if you are not laughing, you are crying, or killing yourself.

Here is the layout and the description of the property

The ranch operated as Jackson’s home and private amusement park when the facility opened in 1988. It contained, among other things, a zoo and a theme park, with two railroads (one 36″ gauge with a steam locomotive (Crown 4-4-0, built 1973, with 4 coaches) and a 24″ gauge amusement ride-type, a Ferris wheel, carousel, zipper, spider, sea dragon, wave swinger, super slide, dragon wagon kiddie roller coaster, and bumper cars.[citation needed]

Jackson hosted a number of children and their families at the facility during his residency there, a practice which came under scrutiny when Jackson was accused of sexual misconduct with minors, first in 1993 and again in 2003.

How isn’ this property perfect for the theme park and shine to MJ? They have already discussed about having the viewing/wake at Neverland, they should make it a permanent feature, but its against the law to bury him there.

At one stage it was suggested he might even be laid to rest at Neverland, but laws governing where bodies can be buried are understood to have scuppered the plan.

A private service for family and close friends is then expected to be held this Sunday.

It is believed the motorcade will set off from Los Angeles at around 10am on Thursday for the 250-mile journey.

The carriage that will parade MJ around for his fans to say their goodbyes

The carriage that will parade MJ around for his fans to say their goodbyes

So, I guess we will just have to go the Madame Tussauds route and prop it up with wax figures

Fans

Participants attend the "Thriller" Dance Guinness World Record attempt at Madame Tussauds on October 30, 2008 in New York City.

The Daily Mail gives more details…

In death, as in life, Michael Jackson is doing things with fairytale extravagance.

The singer’s body will be transported to his funeral in a white carriage led by two horses, instead of the traditional black vehicle, it is understood.

His body will then be placed on show in a glass coffin at Neverland, to give fans a chance to say their personal farewells.

The coach and coffin fit Jackson’s obsession with children’s stories such as Peter Pan and the fantastical style of his Neverland ranch.

It would be a hit… I can see the dollars rolling in now…

One Response to “Neverland should be turned into a museum for Michael Jackson fans just like Graceland has for Elvis”

  1. Michael lost me at Bubbles and his love for having children in his bed other than his own. Alas his loss will be felt. But I look at this way he’s in a far better place than he was in to begin with.

    All this talk of him being well and that he’d have been able to undertake an arduous 50 gig engagement in London was more wishful thinking than anything else.

    Alan Parkins ………

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