Why Super Bowl winners say, ‘We’re going to Disney World!’

Feb 8, 2021

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While much about the Super Bowl — and the NFL season — wasn’t exactly normal this year, some things never change.

Tom Brady is once again a Super Bowl champion. And to celebrate his seventh Super Bowl ring … he and teammate Rob Gronkowski (now with four rings) are going to Disney World!

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Putting the iconic ‘I’m going to Disney World’ commercial together in the minutes after the game ends doesn’t look like the easiest job in television. There are edits to make, contracts to sign and the final game outcome typically isn’t known until the very end. But that hustle and subsequent quick-turn airing of the commercial are as much a part of the modern-day Super Bowl experience as a flashy half-time show and buckets of chicken wings.

This year, the commercial didn’t seem to air on TV immediately after the game, but it does exist.

The iconic commercial got its start after the 1987 Super Bowl when winning quarterback Phil Simms was the first to take in a nice payday in exchange for saying a couple of lines and taking a trip to Disney World.

The commercial, largely unchanged from its original version, has played at the end of the game almost every year since. And yes, the players who say the magical phrase really do go to Disney World or Disneyland, usually the very next day. This year, Gronkowski will head to Disney World today to celebrate by riding some of the park’s top rides, while Disney indicates that MVP Tom Brady will likely make the trip in the coming months. (Hey Tom and Gronk, here are some of changes Disney has made since your last visits.)

Related: How to use points to buy Disney tickets 

In fact, if you’re ever at Disney World, or occasionally Disneyland, the day after the Super Bowl (at least in a non-pandemic year), there’s a decent chance you’ll see a representative or two from the winning Super Bowl team take their place in a celebratory parade down Main Street, U.S.A. This year the parade is on hiatus (just like all other traditional Disney World parades) due to coronavirus safety precautions.

However, it’s not gone for good as Disney hopes to bring it back next year.

Related: What’s changed at Disney World in 2021

The parade at Disneyland in 2019 (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)
The parade at Disneyland in 2019 (Photo by Paul Hiffmeyer/Disneyland Resort via Getty Images)

If that sounds like something you want to be a part of, it’s never too early to start planning for next year when the Super Bowl will be held in Los Angeles (at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood to be exact). That makes nearby Disneyland a really good candidate for the day-after celebratory parade in 2022.

Here’s how you can use your points and miles to get to the big game and a primer for some great Anaheim hotels located close to Disneyland if you want to be on Main Street U.S.A. the day after the big game next year

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