LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 4, 2013) â€" Fresh from his teamâ€™s 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco made good on his â€śIâ€™m Going to Disney Worldâ€ť proclamation by quarterbacking a gala celebration Monday at Walt Disney World Resort.
Smiling and waving from a red convertible alongside Mickey Mouse in the shadow of Cinderella Castle, Flacco -- named the gameâ€™s Most Valuable Player -- greeted cheering Magic Kingdom guests along a parade route lined with colorful red, white and blue balloons. Cheerleaders, Disney characters in football gear and a Florida blizzard -- of confetti -- completed the festive scene as Flacco quarterbacked another drive, this time down Main Street, U.S.A.
Flacco was one of the gameâ€™s standout players, firing three first-half touchdown strikes en route to 287 total passing yards. It capped a remarkable post-season in which Flacco connected on 11 TD passes, throwing no interceptions.
His â€śIâ€™m Going to Disney Worldâ€ť â€" anchoring one of TVâ€™s most enduring and iconic Super Bowl commercials â€" was captured seconds after the final whistle Sunday night. A produced commercial from that moment aired on networks just hours before Flaccoâ€™s appearance at the Magic Kingdom.
Flaccoâ€™s declaration became the 26th Super Bowl commercial aired in the Disney series that began in 1987 following Super Bowl XXI. The first â€śIâ€™m Going to Disney Worldâ€ť commercial featuring New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was considered a groundbreaking concept â€" a produced commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks within hours of its conclusion. Flacco joins an all-star lineup of heroes from sports and beyond who have celebrated milestone accomplishments in â€śIâ€™m Going to Disney Worldâ€ť commercials.
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