Sailor Mickey will hit the streets of New York this Thanksgiving, or more precisely, fly above, during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. His appearance is a promotion for Disney Cruise Line - making its debut in the parade this year – just as it opens bookings for its new ship, Disney Dream (which debuts in January 2011, and boasts the first water coaster at sea).
Mickey will be some 61 feet tall, 33 feet wide and 48 feet long, and dressed in red shorts, a nautical blazer and yellow shoes. He’ll also sport a sailor’s cap above his prominent ears. Mickey will be perched on a giant ship anchor, and some 70 volunteer handlers will guide him down the parade route.
This year’s parade can be seen on TV on Nov. 26 (unless you happen to be in the Big Apple to see it live).
Of course, Disney being Disney, you can also buy a plush version of Sailor Mickey at Macy’s stores and online. If you miss the parade this year, Sailor Mickey will also be back in 200 and 2011.
And BTW, Mickey last appeared in the parade as Bandleader Mickey back in 2000.