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    The Turkeys are on their way

    Disneyland Makes 'Thanksgiving Dreams Come True' for National Thanksgiving Turkey ... and Some Lucky Holiday Travelers
    Wednesday November 22, 11:23 am ET
    ANAHEIM, Calif., Nov. 22 /PRNewswire/ -- It's truly a "Thanksgiving Dream Come True" for the National Thanksgiving Turkey. Following today's traditional Presidential pardon of the National Thanksgiving Turkey in the White House Rose Garden, Flyer and his alternate Fryer will be rushed by police escort to Dulles International Airport. Upon arrival, the birds will "fly" First-Class on United Airlines Flight Turkey-1 to their new home at Disneyland.
    In addition to the turkeys having their "Thanksgiving Dreams Come True," every passenger and crew member on United Flight Flyer is in for a special surprise. In celebration of Disney Parks "Year of a Million Dreams," everyone on board will be greeted by Mickey Mouse and given a ticket to Disneyland -- the place where dreams come true.
    The trip from Washington, D.C., to Los Angeles will mark the second consecutive year that the National Thanksgiving Turkey has celebrated his pardon at Disneyland. Accompanied by National Turkey Federation Chairman Mike Briggs, Flyer, a 20-week-old, 36-pound tom turkey, will be the grand marshal in a special Thanksgiving Day parade down Main Street U.S.A. Following the parade, Flyer his alternate Fryer 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.
    "It is a true honor and once-in-a-lifetime experience for my family and me to represent our industry at the White House during the National Thanksgiving Turkey presentation," said Briggs. "This event plays such an important role in what is a uniquely American holiday, and the turkey industry is very proud to be associated with both. Having the opportunity for the National Thanksgiving Turkey to be invited again to participate in the Disneyland parade is a wonderful bonus," Briggs added.
    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 59th anniversary of a tradition that has continued through 10 successive White House administrations. The 2006 National Thanksgiving Turkey was raised on a farm outside Springfield, Missouri.
    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 and protect and enhance the ability to effectively and profitably provide wholesome, high quality, nutritious turkey products.

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    It's a nice idea that the turkeys get sent to the happiest place on earth and I thought it was really cool last year, but if it's true that Disney killed the turkeys by overfeeding them last year I really don't think that the turkeys should be sent to Disneyland again. Hopefully this year the turkeys will survive longer than a year, a year is a REALLY short lifespan for a turkey in captivity (they can live for 10-12 years in the wild). I just hope Disney takes care of these birds this time around.

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Don't they serve turkey at the Big Thunder Ranch?
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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Interesting that the turkeys are coming to Disneyland again. I wonder how long they'll survive this year?

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Maybe they won't overstuff them this time(pun intended).....





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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Good, there's been a shortage of turkey legs lately.

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Quote Originally Posted by almandot View Post
    Good, there's been a shortage of turkey legs lately.
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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Did you hear that? The chefs of DLR are sharpening their carving knives and heating up their ovens! I can smell the turkey now cooking away in the ovens! I can't wait for T-Day at DLR!!! Mmmmmmmmmmm! YUMMY!

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Quote Originally Posted by lilypad View Post
    Hopefully this year the turkeys will survive longer than a year, a year is a REALLY short lifespan for a turkey in captivity (they can live for 10-12 years in the wild). I just hope Disney takes care of these birds this time around.
    The maximum recorded lifespan for a turkey in captivity is twelve years and four months. For turkeys living in the wild, the maximum is less than ten years, but the average life expectancy of a turkey, is males just over 2 years and just over 3 years for females. Domestic male turkeys often grow too large and to heavy to carry their own weight after their first year. Domestic turkeys bred for food consumption were not bred to live over one year.
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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    What happened to last years turkeys? Did Disney dump them after the hype was over?

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Yay! New Turkeys! That should open up a whole new "shed" discussion.

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Quote Originally Posted by WatchYourHeadNStep View Post
    What happened to last years turkeys? Did Disney dump them after the hype was over?
    They eventually died of more-or-less natural causes. See this old thread (and there are others):

    Why Yam & Marshmallow Died

    ...where despite the initial rumor that they died from overfeeding...that turned out not to be the case.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Rixter View Post
    The maximum recorded lifespan for a turkey in captivity is twelve years and four months. For turkeys living in the wild, the maximum is less than ten years, but the average life expectancy of a turkey, is males just over 2 years and just over 3 years for females. Domestic male turkeys often grow too large and to heavy to carry their own weight after their first year. Domestic turkeys bred for food consumption were not bred to live over one year.
    Oops I meant to write the life expectancy for the turkeys in captivity, not wild was 10 years, sorry about the typo. And I thought or just assumed the turkeys the president pardoned were wild, not the "domesticated" turkeys raised to slaughter? I haven't seen a picture of the birds so i haven't seen if theyre wild or not

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    Interesting that on the Channel 2 News at 11AM they mentioned only that the bird was headed to a "Disney theme park".

    You know...a "Disney Park"....where dreams come true.

    Not so for this bird.

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    Re: The Turkeys are on their way

    What time is the parade? Is it at all worth going to ??

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