Pink Pig fun rides kick off holiday season
11/1/2013, 6 a.m.
ATLANTA Priscilla the Pink Pig is back in town, so the holiday season must be under way.
Starting Nov. 2, the train ride, a 50-year tradition among Atlanta families, will be chugging through life-sized storybook scenes that include a pink tunnel, a forest of Christmas trees, and walls of mirrors.
The Pink Pig train will make trips daily starting at 10 a.m. under its signature 1950s-themed, 170-square-foot Pink Pig Tent in the upper-level parking deck near Macy’s at Lenox Square.
As part of the grand-opening day festivities, kids can bring a DVD and receive a complimentary ride. All DVDs will be donated to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta hospitals. DVDs can be new or used and rated G or PG.
Macy’s Pink Pig ride debuted in the ’50s as a children’s ride at the downtown Rich’s store, which was acquired by Macy’s.
On Oct. 30, 4-year-old Jeremiah Truesdale of Stone Mountain, a Children’s Healthcare patient, got the first ride of the season.
Jeremiah, who was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy when he was a year old and suffered a stroke in May 2013, was picked for the annual first ride, reserved for patients of the children’s hospital.
Each year, part of the proceeds of the Pink Pig rides benefits the hospital. To date, Macy’s has donated more than $470,000 to the not-for-profit children’s hospital.
Priscilla – the original Pink Pig – began as a monorail along the ceiling of Rich’s, giving children the experience of “flying over” the toy department. Later, another pig – Percival – was added and they became known as the Pink Pig monorail twins. Years later, the monorail was relocated to the roof of the department store and the monorail twins took passengers on rooftop rides viewing downtown Atlanta and circling the Great Tree.
In 2003, Priscilla the Pink Pig was reintroduced to a new generation. The $3 ride remains open through Jan. 5. It is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. There are discounts for multiple rides.
Macy’s at Lenox Square is at 3393 Peachtree Road N.E. in Atlanta. For the full schedule, including hours of operation, visit www.macys.com/pinkpig.