After leading his team to a game-winning drive and the Super Bowl championship Sunday night, New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning led another drive this afternoon: down Main Street U.S.A. to cheering fans at Walt Disney World.
Manning shouted “I’m going to Disney World!” shortly after his team scored a 21-17 win over the New England Patriots to capture Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis. In a motorcade today at the Magic Kingdom, Manning smiled and waved alongside Mickey Mouse from a red convertible, surrounded by excited fans.
Video: Super Bowl 46 Eli Manning at Walt Disney World
As New York Giants balloons mixed in with red, white and blue balloons along the parade route, Mickey Mouse was joined by other Disney characters and confetti in the shape of the Lombardi Trophy (awarded to the NFL champion) rained down on the happy scene. Manning was also joined in the Magic Kingdom by NFL Youth football players.
The tradition of “I’m going to Disney World!” Super Bowl commercials began in 1987 when Phil Simms led the New York Giants to a Super Bowl win. This was Eli Manning’s second time at it, after in 2008 he was celebrated following the Giants’ 17-14 win over the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. It’s the 45th time the phrase has been exclaimed as part of a Walt Disney World ad.
Those who have shouted the catch phrase over the years have included more than Super Bowl MVPs, but also winners of Miss America, American Idol, NBA, MLB, NHL, World Cup, and Olympic trophies, among others.