Super Bowl LVIII MVP Patrick Mahomes, quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, is at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, California, today, but there’s one ride he’ll be avoiding all costs.
Victory Comes in Overtime
Three-time Super Bowl champion and two-time NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes is enjoying the day at Disneyland Resort today.
During a nail-biting match-up between the Kansas City Chiefs and the San Fransisco 49ers on Sunday evening at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas that saw the AFC and NFC champions battle it out all the way to a fifth quarter, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes threw for 333 yards and ultimately tossed the winning touchdown to teammate Mecolde Hardman, securing a 25 to 22 victory over Brock Purdy and the San Francisco 49ers.
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For his talents, Mahomes was named Super Bowl LVIII MVP. It’s the third time he’s earned the title, having been named Kansas City’s MVP in the Chiefs’ 2020 and 2023 Super Bowl victories. The 28-year-old quarterback from the East Texas town of Whitehouse is one of only three NFL players to have accomplished such a feat.
Following the game, the Chiefs arrived on stage to receive the Lombardi trophy. Mahomes led the team and was joined by his wife Brittany and his two children, daughter Sterling Skye, who turns three years old later this month, and son Patrick “Bronze” Lavon Mahomes III, 14 months.
Disney Gets In on the Action
As part of the victory festivities that played out on the field at Allegiant Stadium, Mahomes was also asked the all-important question: “Patrick Mahomes, you and the Kansas City Chiefs have just won the Super Bowl; what are you going to do next?” to which he and wife Brittany answered, “We’re going to Disneyland!”
According to a tradition that began in the 1980s under then-Disney CEO Michael Eisner, following a heart-pounding evening of excitement as the Super Bowl champion, the NFL’s MVP is treated to an exciting day at a Disney Park–often the Walt Disney World Resort in Central Florida. But because Sunday night’s Super Bowl LVIII was held in Las Vegas, Nevada, the park with the esteemed honor of hosting the MVP and his family is Disneyland Resort.
Mahomes was scheduled to appear in a cavalcade on the parade route at Disneyland Park that winds from the “it’s a small world” attraction to Main Street, U.S.A. at 2:00 p.m. local time, and the rest of the young quarterback’s time at the first Disney Park will likely be spent enjoying the sights, sounds, tastes, rides, and other experiences at Disneyland.
But there’s one ride that Mahomes will likely avoid.
The Mighty MVP “Shocked” By Disney Ride
Of all the exciting rides and attractions at Disneyland Park, there’s one that leaves the 6’3″, 225-pound Mahomes extremely unsettled, following his first experience with the attraction following his Super Bowl LVII win in February 2023.
After the Mahomes family’s visit to Disneyland in 2023, the MVP arrived at the ABC studio for an appearance during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! show, and during an interview with host Jimmy Kimmel, Mahomes recounted his frightening ordeal aboard one of the park’s newest additions: Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
But shortly after the family visited Disneyland, Mahomes was due in the studio for a live broadcast of Jimmy Kimmel Live! during which he recounted his frightening experience aboard one of Disneyland’s newest attractions, Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway.
“It was actually pretty crazy,” Mahomes told Jimmy Kimmel during the late-night show. “It caught me by surprise a couple of times. I thought it was, like, a kids’ ride how it was set up, and all of a sudden, I’m flying around in this place, and I’m like, ‘how do y’all let little kids on this thing?’”
The revelation by the titan NFL MVP evoked belly laughs among some Disney Parks fans who have experienced the attraction which is, as Mahomes thought, a family attraction.
The adorable Mickey and Minnie Mouse-themed experience has quickly become a guest favorite–but hardly features elements that would be described with words like heart-pounding, thrilling, or exhilarating. After hearing Mahomes’ retelling of his harrowing experience at Mickey & Minnie’s Runaway Railway, many Disney Parks fans found themselves at a loss when they attempted to decipher exactly which elements of the ride left Mahomes feeling as though he had been “flying around in [the] place.”
No word yet on whether Mahomes has overcome his fear of the Mickey and Minnie-inspired ride or whether he boarded the attraction again on Monday. But he seems like a reasonably smart young man, fully capable of creating a “scenario” that might preclude him from having to enjoy the attraction again.
After all, he’s the Super Bowl LVIII MVP–all he has to do is say “I have to take this” when looking at his cell phone and walk away as though he’s talking with yet another entity begging for his coveted endorsement.