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National Thanksgiving Turkey Going to Disneyland! To Celebrate Presidential Pardon

ANAHEIM, Calif. (Nov. 26, 2008) – The National Thanksgiving Turkey will really have something to celebrate following today’s traditional Presidential pardon ceremony in the White House Rose Garden. “Pumpkin” and his alternate “Pecan” are going to Disneyland! It starts with a police escort to Dulles International Airport. Then the birds will “fly” First-Class on United Airlines Flight Turkey-1 to their new home at Disneyland Resort in Southern California.

The turkey’s special Thanksgiving Day celebration is a preview of things to come in 2009, as Disney Parks asks guests, “What Will You Celebrate?” and invites them to mark life’s special moments with a Disney visit.

he trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the fourth consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at a Disney Resort. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Paul Hill of Ellsworth, Iowa, Pumpkin, a 20-week-old, 45-pound tom turkey, will be the grand marshal in a special Thanksgiving Day parade down Main Street U.S.A.  Following the parade, Pumpkin and his alternate Pecan will find a home at Santa’s Reindeer Round-Up at Big Thunder Ranch in Frontierland, where they’ll remain throughout the holidays and the rest of their lives.

Americans nationwide will be able to share the celebration as the turkey enjoys his new Disneyland home.  See photos of the National Thanksgiving Turkey and watch video of this year’s White House pardon at www.disneyparks.com on Nov. 26 and 27.  And, for the first time, watch the turkey LIVE from Disneyland on Thanksgiving Day from 12 p.m.-4 p.m. PST (3 p.m.-7 p.m. EST). Go to www.disneyparks.com , listen for the turkey’s gobble, and then click on the turkey face to access “Turkey Cam” LIVE from Disneyland.

“My family and I celebrate the honor of presenting the National Thanksgiving Turkey to the President of the United States,” said Chairman Hill of the turkey federation. “We’ll also be celebrating the special privilege of flying to Disneyland where the turkey will be the grand marshal in the Disneyland Thanksgiving Day parade.”

Added Captain Vince Kramer of United Turkey-1 and Assistant Chief Pilot for United’s Airbus 320 Fleet, “United is proud to fly our special, feathered guests and to help them achieve every turkey’s dream of flight.  It is a rare treat for turkeys to reach 30,000 feet, and we look forward to getting them to Los Angeles and landing safely and on-time.”

U.S. President Harry S Truman was the first Commander-in-Chief to be presented with a Thanksgiving turkey (in 1947) by the National Turkey Federation. This year’s presentation marks the 61st anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive White House administrations. The 2008 National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised under Chairman Hill’s supervision on a farm in West Liberty, Iowa.

The National Turkey Federation is the advocate for all segments of the U.S. turkey industry, providing services and conducting activities which increase demand for its members’ products, as well as enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high-quality, nutritious turkey products.

Buy it Now – Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 08 (Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party 2008)

Seasons Greetings from Jeff Lange! Celebrate the holidays with this new DVD featuring the 2008 Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party at Walt Disney World.

Your visit begins at the entrance to the Magic Kingdom, as you marvel at the newly decked-out for Christmas train station! The poinsettia trees set the stage for your evening to come.

You’ll sip on hot chocolate and enjoy sugar cookies during your premium viewing of “Cinderella’s Holiday Wish”. We join Mickey, Minnie, Pluto, Goofy and Donald as they help Cinderella and the Fairy Godmother bring her holiday wish to life. The dark castle soon resembles Cinderella’s glass slipper, sparkling and glistening in an awe-inspiring finale to this show!

Main Street is never so festive as it is during “Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmastime Parade”! You’ll have a perfect view at the front of Main Street, with the parade coming your way front and center. As snowflakes fall, you’ll see Mickey and Minnie, with a variety of other Disney characters including Chip and Dale, Cinderella and Prince Charming (in their horse-drawn coach), and Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs! Returning favorites include the gingerbread men, as well as the dancing reindeer, skaters, Santa Clause, and so much more!

Your festivities continue with “Holiday Wishes – Celebrate the Spirit of the Season”, now enhanced by the Castle Dream Lights. This fireworks spectacular lights up the sky over the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella’s Castle. The show is a combination of six “acts”:  The Spirit of the Season, The Spirit of Holiday Wonder, The Spirit of Sharing Hearth and Family, The Spirit of Holiday Childhood Fantasies, The Holiday Spirit in Each of Us, and Christmas All Around Us!

Marvel at your favorite Disney characters in the “Celebrate the Season” show at the Castle Forecourt stage! Mickey and Minnie, Chip and Dale, Donald (and more!) showcase a variety of Christmas favorites in a dazzling singing and dancing extravaganza that features Minnie receiving her Christmas gift!

Your evening ends with a midnight stroll down Main Street USA, taking in the windows adorned with Christmas displays and the festive garland hanging above you. Nutcracker figures meet you at the hub for picture-taking opportunities.

Pick up a copy of “Jeff Lange’s Holiday Treat 08” today and relive all the magic or experience it for the first time.

Running Time: 66 Min

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