I’m Finally Going to Disneyland!

From the LA Times Travel Blog:

Super Bowl XLII MVP Eli Manning will finally make good on his postgame pronouncement: “I’m going to Disneyland.”

The New York Giants quarterback will ride in a vintage convertible automobile along the Disneyland parade route on Wednesday, May 7, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. in a “cavalcade” including Disney characters. The parade could begin up to an hour early depending on Manning’s schedule, according to Disney officials.

Manning’s new bride, Abby McGrew, will accompany her college sweetheart to the Anaheim theme park in their first official public appearance as husband and wife. The newlyweds — married in a celebrity wedding on April 19, 2008, in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico — may ride in a Disneyland attraction or two after the conclusion of the official events.

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 New York 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. Manning will meet privately with the Pop Warner players on Wednesday following the cavalcade.

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

— Brady MacDonald, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

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