Super Bowl XLIX Victors Butler and Edelman of the New England Patriots Celebrate at Disneyland

Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler with Mickey Mouse

Today New England Patriots players Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler celebrated their Super Bowl XLIX win yesterday by going to Disneyland. They were honored with a parade in front of thousands and were interviewed in Fantasy Faire.

The two football players were led by the Disneyland Band in a special parade that also included Mickey Mouse in the open-air car with Edelman and Butler. Wide receiver Edelman and rookie cornerback Butler helped led the Patriots to a 28-24 victory over the Seahawks. Following the game, the two players were recorded exclaiming “We’re going to Disneyland!” This continues a tradition going back to 1987 when the tradition of football players going to Disney Parks after a Super Bowl win began. Other notable athletes to exclaim similar statements included Tom Brady, Eli Manning, Emmitt Smith, Michael Jordan, Kurt Warner, Coach Jon Gruden, Joe Montana, John Elway, Jerry Rice, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Doug Williams, Magic Johnson and NHL goalie Patrick Roy.

“I’m/We’re Going to Disneyland!” Facts:

First Spot: Super Bowl XXI (Phil Simms, New York Giants)

Number of Spots Since Inception: 48

Chronology of “I’m going to Disneyland” Spots:

2015 Super Bowl XLIX (Julian Edelman and Malcolm Butler, New England Patriots)

2014 Super Bowl XLVIII (Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks)

2013 Super Bowl XLVII (Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens)

2012 Super Bowl XLVI (Eli Manning, New York Giants)

2011 Super Bowl XLV (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers)

2010 Super Bowl XLIV (Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints)

“American Idol” Season 9 (Lee DeWyze, singer)

2009 Super Bowl XLIII (Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers)

“American Idol” Season 8 (Kris Allen, singer)

2008 Super Bowl XLII (Eli Manning, New York Giants)

“American Idol” Season 7 (David Cook, singer)

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)

Winter Games XVII (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)


• The Super Bowl has been the catalyst for the most “I’m going to Disneyland/Disney World” spots (28)

• There have been five “I’m going to Disneyland/Disney World” repeaters: Joe Montana (1989 and 1990),

Emmitt Smith (1994 and 1996), John Elway (1998 and 1999), Tom Brady (2002 and 2004) and Eli Manning (2008 and 2012).

• “I’m going to Disneyland/Disney World” spots immediately following the Super Bowl have featured non-Super Bowl MVPs 10 times: 1989, 1995 (shared), 1996, 1998, 1999 (shared), 2001, 2003, 2007, 2009 (shared) and 2015 (shared).

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