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

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.


  • Those are lucky turkeys!

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

  • 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!

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

  • Just another reason why I LOVE Disney! :0)

  • can they really measure happiness in a turky?

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

  • 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!!!

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