Dreams Come True as Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning Proclaims, 'I'm Going to Disneyland!'

Mon Feb 4, 2008 12:47am EST

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Dreams Come True as Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning Proclaims, 'I'm Going to
Disneyland!'

    GLENDALE, Ariz., Feb. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- From the Super Bowl "field of
dreams" to the place "where dreams come true," Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning
of the New York Giants Sunday night became the latest sports hero to seal
victory by shouting the famous phrase "I'm going to Disneyland!"
    The pronouncement, captured on tape at the University of Phoenix Stadium
in Glendale, Ariz., just moments after the Giants' dramatic 17-14 upset
victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl
XLII, became the latest episode of the "I'm going to Disneyland/I'm going to
Disney World" commercial produced over a 22-year span.
Manning led his team on an improbable, 83-yard drive where he scrambled, broke
tackles and completed clutch passes before tossing a 13-yard touchdown pass to
receiver Plaxico Burress with 35 seconds left in the game.
    When the first of the series appeared in 1987 (featuring New York Giants
quarterback Phil Simms following his team's triumph in Super Bowl XXI), the
commercial was instantly regarded as a groundbreaking concept -- a produced
national commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks hours
after the event.  Since then, the commercial has created a national
catchphrase, shouted by people of all ages following moments of great
accomplishment.
    With Manning's appearance, the commercial that started with a member of
the New York Giants has come full-circle, featuring the latest New York Giants
Super Bowl hero.
    This latest installment -- the 38th in the long-running
series -- continues in the tradition of airing only hours after the conclusion
of Super Bowl XLII.
    Today, Manning is scheduled to live out another dream -- heading to
Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif., for a celebratory parade down Main
Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland Park.  It's all part of Disney Parks' Year of A
Million Dreams celebration.
    Manning's visit to Disneyland will include a dream-come-true meeting with
young football players from the Tustin (Calif.) Pop Warner football team.  The
Tustin team also will be part of the gala parade down Main Street, U.S.A.
    Manning joins a star-studded lineup of sports heroes such as Tom Brady,
Emmitt Smith, Michael Jordan, Kurt Warner, Coach Jon Gruden, Joe Montana, John
Elway, Jerry Rice, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Doug Williams, Magic Johnson, and
Super Bowl XLI winning coach Tony Dungy, who have been featured during the two
decades of "I'm going to Disneyland/I'm going to Disney World" commercials.
        "I'm Going to Disneyland/I'm Going to Disney World" Fact Sheet
    Chronology of "I'm Going to Disneyland/I'm Going to Disney World"
Commercials:
    2008 Super Bowl XLII (Eli Manning, New York Giants)
    2007 Super Bowl XLI (Tony Dungy and Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts)
    2006 Super Bowl XL (Hines Ward, with Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers)
    2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII (Tom Brady, New England Patriots)
         Major League Baseball World Series Champions (Curt Schilling, Pedro
         Martinez and David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox)
    2003 Super Bowl XXXVII (Jon Gruden and Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
    2002 Super Bowl XXXVI (Tom Brady, New England Patriots)
    2001 Super Bowl XXXV (Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens)
         Major League Baseball home run record (Barry Bonds, San Francisco
         Giants)
    2000 Super Bowl XXXIV (Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams)
    1999 Super Bowl XXXIII (Terrell Davis and John Elway, Denver Broncos)
         Women's World Cup (United States Championship Team)
    1998 Super Bowl XXXII (John Elway, Denver Broncos)
         Major League Baseball home run record (Mark McGwire, St. Louis
         Cardinals)
    1997 Super Bowl XXXI (Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers)
         Holiday Gift-Giving (Santa Claus)
    1996 Super Bowl XXX (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys)
    1995 Super Bowl XXIX (Jerry Rice and Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers)
    1994 Super Bowl XXVIII (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys)
         Olympics (Nancy Kerrigan, U.S. Figure Skater)
    1993 Super Bowl XXVII (Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys)
         Stanley Cup (Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens)
    1992 Super Bowl XXVI (Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins)
    1991 Super Bowl XXV (Ottis Anderson, N.Y. Giants)
         NBA (Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls)
    1990 Super Bowl XXIV (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers)
         Graduation (Jim Thompson of Temple University, and Matt
         Kaldenberg, Phyllis Kaldenberg and Laura McEwen of Simpson College)
    1989 Super Bowl XXIII (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers)
         NHL (Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames)
         NBA (Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons)
    1988 Super Bowl XXII (Doug Williams, Washington Redskins)
         Miss America (Gretchen Carlson)
         World Series (Orel Hershiser, L.A. Dodgers)
         NBA (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers)
    1987 Super Bowl XXI (Phil Simms, N.Y. Giants)
         America's Cup (Dennis Conner)
         NBA (Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers)
         World Series (Frank Viola, Minnesota Twins)

    Quick Facts:
    * First Commercial: Super Bowl XXI (Phil Simms, New York Giants)
    * Number of Commercials Since Inception: 38
    * The Super Bowl has been the catalyst for the most "I'm going to Disney
      World" spots (21)
    * There have been four "I'm going to Disney World" repeaters: Joe Montana
      (1989 and 1990), Emmitt Smith (1994 and 1996), John Elway (1998 and
      1999) and Tom Brady (2002 and 2004).
    * "I'm going to Disney World" spots immediately following the Super Bowl
      have featured non-Super Bowl MVPs eight times:  1989, 1995 (shared),
      1996, 1998, 1999 (shared), 2001, 2003 and 2007.

SOURCE  Disneyland Resort

John McClintock, +1-714-781-4836, John.McClintock@disney.com
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