Boston, Feb. 1, 2015, — Visitors to Disneyland were treated to a victory parade of Super Bowl champions Julien Edelman and Malcolm Butler today. The New England Patriots defeated Seattle Seahawks last night at Super Bowl XILV in Glenndale, AZ. Quarterback Tom Brady threw four touchdown passes in the come-from-behind victory, and won the Super Bowl MVP award.
Edelman and Butler each contributed huge plays for the Patriots in the final minutes of the game, giving New England its fourth Lombardi Trophy. Edelman caught a touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter to give the Patriots the lead and what turned out to be the winning score. Then, with 20 seconds left in the game and the Seahawks on the verge of scoring, cornerback Butler intercepted a pass on the goal line to seal the victory. Edelman’s touchdown catch was one of his nine receptions in the game, for 109 yards.
The city of Boston initially scheduled a victory parade on Tuesday. However, second major storm in a week dumped over a feet of snow in the greater Boston area, and forced the city to pospone the parade by one day.
“Due to today’s bad weather and the worsening forecast for tonight, the New England Patriots and the City of Boston have made the mutual decision to postpone the victory parade until Wednesday, February 4 at 11 a.m. We thank everyone for their flexibility and patience during the planning of this parade and we look forward to celebrating with Patriots fans during better weather on Wednesday,” said Mayor Walsh in a statement.
The pronouncement by Edelman and Butler, part of the production for one of TV’s most enduring and iconic Super Bowl commercials, was captured within seconds of the final gun. It was the latest episode of the “I’m going to Disneyland” commercial produced over a 28-year span. Fans can see the episode beginning Monday on the Disney Parks Blog.
The first of the “I’m going to Disneyland” commercials appeared in 1987 and featured New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms following his team’s triumph in Super Bowl XXI. The commercial was regarded as a groundbreaking concept – a produced national commercial involving a current event, airing on major networks hours after the event. Since then, the commercial has created a national catchphrase, shouted by people of all ages following moments of great accomplishment.