Today In Disney History ~ November 26th

Today In Disney History ~ November 26th

Disney Cruise Line in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade
November 11, 2009

It takes about 14,000 cubic feet of helium to inflate Sailor Mickey – dressed in his signature red shorts and yellow shoes, nautical blazer, sailor’s cap and perched atop a larger-than-life ship’s anchor. When inflated, the balloon stands approximately six stories tall. The Sailor Mickey balloon will be a part of the Macy’s Parade through 2011.

Sailor Mickey will also be Macy’s official holiday ambassador this year. Available exclusively as a collectible talking plush at all Macy’s stores across the U.S. and online at, Sailor Mickey will be on sale beginning Nov. 8 and through the holiday season.

The Sailor Mickey balloon and plush are being introduced as Disney Cruise Line prepares for the highly-anticipated launch of its Disney Dream cruise ship.

The 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade steps off on Thursday, Nov. 26. Sailor Mickey Balloon
Fun Facts

  • Mickey Mouse was last seen in the Macy’s Parade in 2000 as Bandleader Mickey.
  • The Sailor Mickey balloon is approximately 61 feet high, 33 feet wide and 48 feet long. That’s more than six stories tall!
  • It takes about 14,000 cubic feet of helium to fill the Sailor Mickey balloon.
  • It will take about two hours to fully inflate and secure him under a Macy’s balloon net.
  • The Sailor Mickey balloon has 52 handling lines and will be guided by a team of 70 volunteers.
  • The parade route is approximately two-and-a-half miles long.

The Sailor Mickey balloon will make his maiden voyage high above the streets of New York City as he represents Disney Cruise Line in the 83rd annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Millions of Parade goers and television viewers will see the Sailor Mickey helium balloon make its Parade debut, which also marks the first time Disney Cruise Line has been represented in the Parade.

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