Celebrate Lucy the Elephant’s Birthday at Disney World’s Boardwalk!

If you’re at the Boardwalk Inn in the near future, make sure you stop by and say Happy Birthday to Lucy the Elephant!

Boardwalk Inn Lobby

You might be thinking, “Who’s Lucy?,” and that’s a-okay! Allow us to take you on a small journey wayyy back to the 1880s.

Lucy the Elephant is a giant six-story elephant structure that was built in 1881. She lived just five miles south of the Atlantic City in Margate City, New Jersey.

Her first name was the Elephant Bazaar (which isn’t near as adorable as Lucy) and she was built to promote local real estate.

A Photo of the Real Lucy in NJ

Throughout her life, Lucy has been many things. She was a tavern in the early 1900’s, as well as a residence to a doctor. (How cool would that be!?)

In the 1960’s, Lucy was condemned and threatened to be torn down. But the people rallied behind the elephant with the “Save Lucy” campaign! She was moved, restored, and declared a National Historic Landmark in 1976. Lucy is now the Oldest Roadside Attraction in America!

And TODAY, July 22, 2019, is her 138th Birthday!

But what does this have to do with Disney World? Well, the Boardwalk Inn pays homage to the New Jersey turn of the century boardwalks! And it sure sounds like the NJ Boardwalk isn’t complete without Lucy, so neither is Disney World’s!

Lucy the Elephant Statue

A statue of Lucy the Elephant lives in the Boardwalk Inn Lobby, along with a photo of her real counterpart.

And to help celebrate the pachyderm’s 138th birthday, Guests are encouraged to sign a poster for her!

Lucy the Elephant Birthday Poster and Photo

We think this is such a cute way to incorporate real history into the Disney magic!

Happy Birthday Lucy!

Will you be celebrating Lucy the Elephant at the Boardwalk? Let us know in the comments!

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Molly is a lifelong Disney enthusiast, and former Walt Disney World Guest Relations Cast Member and tour guide. Her Walt Disney World favorites include Festival of the Lion King, Big Thunder Mountain Railroad, Fantasmic!, Mickey-shaped pretzels and rice krispie treats, and anything with Buzz Lightyear! She lives in Orlando with her husband (who she met in Guest Relations) and their two rescue dogs, Kronk and Cruella de Vil (Ella for short!)

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2 Replies to “Celebrate Lucy the Elephant’s Birthday at Disney World’s Boardwalk!”

  1. My husband and I are coming to Disney in August with our 3 granddaughters. We love Disney and have been in the vacation club since 2002. We live in Ocean City NJ, not far from
    Margate where Lucy the Elephant resides. We will certainly stop by and pay tribute to Lucy and sign the poster!! She is amazing! So awesome!!

  2. My husband and I were married in Lucy in 2006. She holds a special place in our hearts. I encourage everyone to visit and tour Lucy!