- Becca J. G. Godwin The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
The grand opening of Macy’s Pink Pig is but weeks away.
Children will be able to ride the familiar train beneath a 170-foot, 1950s-themed tent when “Priscilla” makes her yearly appearance on Saturday, Oct. 28.
The first 200 people to pay for a train ride during the opening will receive a gift bag and a $10 gift card. However, they won’t be the first tradition partakers of the year.
That honor will go to a group of patients from Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, who will be able to win prizes, take photos and ride the train during a private preview on Oct. 25.
Lars, a 3-year old “very outgoing, happy kid” and patient who has undergone 12 surgeries, will be this year’s “Very Important Patient,” the press release said. He and his family will take the first ride of the year.
A portion of the proceeds from each ride will benefit CHOA. Macy’s has donated more than $800,000 to the hospital to date, according to the statement.
The history of the Pink Pig spans a half-century. The ride began in 1953 as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s department store. Years later, the monorails (another one had been added) were relocated to the downtown store’s roof. The ride later did a brief stint at CHOA’s Egleston Hospital.
But since 2003, Priscilla has been situated at the Lenox Square Mall. Find her on the upper-level parking deck near Macy’s, located at 3393 Peachtree Road NE.
Individual rides costs $3; multi-ride tickets go for two rides for $5.50 and three rides for $7.50.
The ride is closed on Nov. 19, Thanksgiving and Christmas. It will remain open through New Year’s Eve.
Oct. 28: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Oct. 29: noon to 6 p.m.; Oct. 30-31: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. ; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. ; Sunday: noon to 6 p.m. (Closed Nov. 19 and Thanksgiving.)
Monday-Friday: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (On the Sundays of Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, it will close at 6 p.m. It is closed on Christmas.)
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