Excerpts from Kristy:
were told about this attraction before we even started to
really research Tennessee, and we actually only found one
reference to it. We read that the ducks live on the roof (Penthouse)
of the Peabody Hotel, one of the best hotels in the city of
Memphis. Every day at 11 am and 5 pm the ducks get on the
elevator and ride down to the Lobby, where a red carpet is
rolled out for them. They then proceed to march down the carpet
and swim around the Lobby Fountain. The guide book said to
arrive an hour early for the best view.
We arrived 50 minutes early and couldn't figure out why the
book said to arrive so early. There were a few people sitting
around the fountain, but certainly no organized gathering.
So we sat down on the couch and made ourselves comfortable.
Bad move. Soon, people started to trickle into the lobby and
before we knew it there was a flood of people. They lined
the path from the elevator to the fountain and we couldn't
even begin to get close enough to see anything.
thought that surely more people couldn't arrive, but they
did. I think the entire city of Memphis and every single tourist
came to witness these trained ducks. We shortly climbed up
the stairs to the second level in hopes of getting a better
view. The view still wasn't great of the ducks, but the view
of the people was unbelievable. Adults jostling with children,
parents shoving their children to the front and everyone holding
their breath in anticipation when the elevator doors slid
We did finally see the ducks. They didn't really march so
much as run and then they spent the majority of their time
trying to avoid grasping human hands as they swam around the
fountain. All in all we decided that the people were more
of an exhibit than the ducks.