I’m Really Going to Disneyland This Time!

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Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning may soon make good on his postgame pronouncement: “I’m going to Disneyland.”Disneyland officials are working with representatives of the New York Giants quarterback to finalize plans for a visit to the Anaheim theme park, complete with a day parade. The event is expected to take place in early to mid-May; a firm date will be announced once scheduling conflicts are ironed out.

Disneyland was forced to postpone a hastily arranged parade on the day after the Super Bowl when Manning got stuck for hours at an Arizona airport waiting for the skies to clear of corporate jet getaway traffic.

The abrupt cancellation left disappointed Giants fans along Disneyland’s parade route as a team of forlorn Pop Warner football players rode a float sans the MVP down Main Street U.S.A.

After a ticker-tape parade down New York City’s “Canyon of Heroes” and an appearance on the “Late Show With David Letterman,” Manning opted for a sunny vacation in the Bahamas over a photo op with Mickey Mouse.

Here’s hoping Mickey doesn’t hold a grudge.

— Brady MacDonald / Los Angeles Times Staff Writer