Disneyland Resort Press Release
‘GOING TO DISNEYLAND!’ MIKE METZGER FOLLOWS RECORD-SETTING MOTORCYCLE JUMP WITH APPEARANCE IN DISNEYLAND CAVALCADE
ANAHEIM, May 5, 2006 – Having just successfully completed his record-setting 125-foot jump and backflip over the fountains at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Xtreme sports star Mike Metzger rode down Main Street, U.S.A., today in a special cavalcade through Disneyland.
On Thursday, May 4, Metzger was officially recognized by Guinness World Records after completing the longest recorded jump – 125 feet – over the Caesars Palace fountains before an audience of more than 15,500. He also became the first to perform a backflip during the jump, which was televised live on ESPN and ESPN HD.
Mike “The Godfather” Metzger, age 30, is one of the most influential riders in the history of freestyle motocross. With five X Games medals to his name, three of which are gold, Metzger has been riding motorcycles for more than 25 years. The Menifee, Calif. resident is known for his legendary performance at X Games Eight when he won double gold in Moto X Best Trick and Freestyle, and became the first rider to land back-to-back flips in the history of the sport.
Metzger’s Disneyland appearance was an added attraction to the daily entertainment during the Disneyland 50th Anniversary “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” which is being observed by Disney theme parks worldwide.
In addition to honoring Metzger’s achievement, the Friday cavalcade marked Metzger’s second major appearance at the Disneyland Resort. On July 1, 2003, he kicked off the “X Games Xperience at Disney’s California Adventure” with four freestyle jumps over the replica of the Golden Gate Bridge inside Disney’s California Adventure park.
The “Happiest Celebration on Earth,” daily at Disneyland and other Disney Parks around the world, celebrates Disneyland’s 50th Anniversary and 50 years of Disney Parks. Throughout the year each Disney resort will unveil more new innovative attractions and spectacular entertainment designed to appeal to guests of all ages with immersive experiences that only Disney can provide.
More information about the 50th anniversary celebration, plus vacations at the Disneyland Resort are available at www.disneyland.com, by calling (877) 700-DISNEY, or by visiting local travel agents.