Disney World embraced the D. That is, they made a little bit of history as Super Bowl XLVIII MVP and Seattle Seahawks outside linebacker Malcolm Smith visited the Magic Kingdom today to make good on his postgame promise of "I'm Going to Disney World."
It's the first time since Disney began running the campaign that a defensive player has made the trip.
Smith had a game-changing interception of Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning late in the first half that he returned 69 yards for a touchdown. The Broncos had been driving in an effort to get points on the board, but instead of what could have been a one possession game, the Seahawks finished out the half with a 22-0 lead on their way to 43-8 win.
It's only the third time a linebacker has won the Super Bowl MVP honors. The last was Ray Lewis in 2001 when the Ravens won their first Super Bowl. That year Disney elected to bring Ravens quarterback Trent Dilfer.
This year, though, Smith rode in a parade with Mickey Mouse at the Magic Kingdom theme park. He was the the 47th person to utter the famous lines.
It started in 1987 when New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms said it after winning Super Bowl XXI. The campaign has been most used after the Super Bowl, with the honoree saying either "I'm Going to Disney World" or "I'm Going to Disneyland" to the tune of "When You Wish Upon a Star." Smith said both lines with East Coast viewers seeing the Florida-park version and West Coast seeing the California-park version.
Other champions have uttered the phrase as well, such as the winners of "American Idol," the World Series, the NBA Championship, the Stanley Cup, America's Cup, Miss America and the Olympics.
Here's a list of the celebrities by year who have experienced the thrill of victory and gone to Disney:
-- 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII (Malcolm Smith, Seattle Seahawks)
-- 2013 Super Bowl XLVII (Joe Flacco, Baltimore Ravens)
-- 2012 Super Bowl XLVI (Eli Manning, New York Giants)
-- 2011 Super Bowl XLV (Aaron Rodgers, Green Bay Packers)
-- 2010 Super Bowl XLIV (Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints)
-- 2010 “American Idol” Season 9 (Lee DeWyze, singer)
-- 2009 Super Bowl XLIII (Santonio Holmes and Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh Steelers)
-- 2009 “American Idol” Season 8 (Kris Allen, singer)
-- 2008 Super Bowl XLII (Eli Manning, New York Giants)
-- 2008 “American Idol” Season 7 (David Cook, singer)
-- 2007 Super Bowl XLI (Tony Dungy and Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis Colts)
-- 2006 Super Bowl XL (Hines Ward, with Jerome Bettis, Pittsburgh Steelers)
-- 2004 Super Bowl XXXVIII (Tom Brady, New England Patriots)
-- 2004 Major League Baseball World Series Champs (Curt Schilling, Pedro Martinez and David Ortiz, Boston Red Sox)
-- 2003 Super Bowl XXXVII (Jon Gruden and Brad Johnson, Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
-- 2002 Super Bowl XXXVI (Tom Brady, New England Patriots)
-- 2001 Super Bowl XXXV (Trent Dilfer, Baltimore Ravens)
-- 2001 Major League Baseball home run record (Barry Bonds, San Francisco Giants)
-- 2000 Super Bowl XXXIV (Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams)
-- 1999 Super Bowl XXXIII (Terrell Davis and John Elway, Denver Broncos)
-- 1999 Women’s World Cup (United States Championship Team)
-- 1998 Super Bowl XXXII (John Elway, Denver Broncos)
-- 1998 Major League Baseball home run record (Mark McGwire, St. Louis Cardinals)
-- 1997 Super Bowl XXXI (Desmond Howard, Green Bay Packers)
-- 1997 Holiday Gift-Giving (Santa Claus)
-- 1996 Super Bowl XXX (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys)
-- 1995 Super Bowl XXIX (Jerry Rice and Steve Young, San Francisco 49ers)
-- 1994 Super Bowl XXVIII (Emmitt Smith, Dallas Cowboys)
-- 1994 Winter Games XVII (Nancy Kerrigan, U.S. Figure Skater)
-- 1993 Super Bowl XXVII (Troy Aikman, Dallas Cowboys)
-- 1993 Stanley Cup (Patrick Roy, Montreal Canadiens)
-- 1992 Super Bowl XXVI (Mark Rypien, Washington Redskins)
-- 1991 Super Bowl XXV (Ottis Anderson, N.Y. Giants)
-- 1991 NBA (Michael Jordan, Chicago Bulls)
-- 1990 Super Bowl XXIV (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers)
-- 1990 Graduation (Jim Thompson of Temple University, and Matt Kaldenberg, Phyllis Kaldenberg and Laura McEwen of Simpson College)
-- 1989 Super Bowl XXIII (Joe Montana, San Francisco 49ers)
-- 1989 NHL (Al MacInnis, Calgary Flames)
-- 1989 NBA (Joe Dumars, Detroit Pistons)
-- 1988 Super Bowl XXII (Doug Williams, Washington Redskins)
-- 1988 Miss America (Gretchen Carlson)
-- 1988 World Series (Orel Hershiser, L.A. Dodgers)
-- 1988 NBA (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, L.A. Lakers)
-- 1987 America’s Cup (Dennis Conner)
-- 1987 NBA (Magic Johnson, L.A. Lakers)
-- 1987 World Series (Frank Viola, Minnesota Twins)
-- 1987 Super Bowl XXI (Phil Simms, N.Y. Giants)
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