The guesses for this week’s Access Points photo game were a-plenty — The Vortex, the eye of the Atlanta Hawk, the Big Chicken, an Elmo float — but in fact, it was a little Atlanta holiday tradition you can find these days at Lenox Square.
Yes, Laura, it is the Pink Pig at Macy’s. You were the first to identify it, so you win four passes from Macy’s for two rides aboard the Pig!
The modern Pink Pig is a 3 1/2-minute ride based on a holiday attraction that appeared a the downtown Atlanta Rich’s store beginning in 1953. Priscilla, the original Pink Pig, was a sales-driving monorail that flew along the department store ceiling, giving kids an overhead view of the dreamy toy department. Another pig, Percival, was added later. Later on, the monorail moved to the roof the department store, and offered up a view of downtown Atlanta and Rich’s Great Tree.
But Rich’s and its pigs left downtown in 1991, and although the ride appeared for a few years at the Egleston Festival of Trees, it was eventually deemed too fragile. Here are some of WSB’s then-and-now photos of the Pink Pig.
The new Pink Pig debuted in a white tent outside the Lenox Square Macy’sin 2003, and has re-appeared every winter since. It’s a train now, not a monorail, and winds through a forest of inflatable trees and pink memorabilia. (Some of you noticed the pink reflection in the eye in the Access Points shot — not surprisingly, pink lights are standard decoration around the Pink Pig.) Macy’s says annual Pink Pig ridership is about 100,000.
Although it doesn’t offer quite the overhead holiday toy tease that Priscilla and Percival did, the gift shop is loaded with Pink Pig shirts, stuffed animals, ornaments and stickers, and it’s not far from the Macy’s Great Tree. A portion of the proceeds from the ride are donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta.
The ride opened in November — here are Pink Pig construction photos — and will take passengers through Jan. 3. Not to be forgotten, the old gal, Priscilla, is displayed in the tent, just high enough to have a good view of all the little kids on the train below.
Want to go? The Pink Pig at Macy’s-Lenox Square. Runs through Jan. 3. $3. Macy’s Lenox Square, 3399 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. www.macys.com/campaign/pinkpig/home.jsp
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