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It’s Turkey Time! The National Thanksgiving Turkey Visits Disneyland Resort

posted on November 3rd, 2009 by Valarie Sukovaty, Disneyland Public Relations

Hi! My name is Valarie Sukovaty and I work on the Disneyland Public Relations broadcast team. We produce many of the video podcasts you see on, DisneyParks’ YouTube channel and right here on this blog. From time to time, I’ll be taking you behind the scenes with video. I’ve worked here at the Happiest Place on Earth for nearly five years and one of my favorite events is bringing the National Thanksgiving Turkey and his alternate to the Disneyland Resort:

We are only a few weeks away from the lucky birds getting their presidential pardons and “flying” to their new home here in Southern California. The tradition began in 2005 with “Marshmallow” & “Yam,” followed by “Flyer” & “Fryer” (2006), “May” & “Flower” (Walt Disney World Resort 2007) and last year’s “Pumpkin” & “Pecan.” Here’s a look back at all our feathery friends.

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Mary on November 3rd, 2009 at 3:19 pm

This is Mary from Santa Barbara, CA…I just love how Disney makes sure they celebrate all the holiday’s and seasons…and having a really Turkey in the parade is pretty cool!!! But anything Disney does its really cool!!!


Peter on November 3rd, 2009 at 3:48 pm

Wow, that’s great! ‘The Happiest Turkey On Earth!’ What a lucky little gobbler!


Nicholas on November 3rd, 2009 at 4:38 pm

can they really measure happiness in a turky?


Terri on November 4th, 2009 at 9:14 am

Just another reason why I LOVE Disney! :0)


Julie on November 5th, 2009 at 1:36 pm

Disneyland is aweomse at Thanksgiving. We’ve gone to their Thanksgiving Buffet a few times.


TRACY from CA on November 6th, 2009 at 12:37 pm

I always look forward to see the pardoned turkeys in the park! Marshmallow and Yam were my favorite. They were very socialized. Happy Thanksgiving everyone!


Susan on November 6th, 2009 at 8:56 pm

This sounds great. Does anyone know what day this parade is going to happen this year? I would love to check it out.


Rozi on November 13th, 2009 at 6:21 pm

Those are lucky turkeys!