This Thanksgiving we'll see character balloons from "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" and "Kung Fu Panda," and a new float featuring Nickelodeon's Dora the Explorer. We love watching the the over-the-top floats and giant character balloons make their way through the streets of Manhattan, officially kicking off the holiday season, and we can't wait to see these.
The Wimpy Kid balloon, a giant 3D version of Greg Heffley, the 2D middle schooler who stars in the wildly popular illustrated novels by Jeff Kinney, joins an elite group of children's literary characters who have been made into Macy's Day Parade balloons, including The Cat in The Hat, Curious George, Clifford and Arthur.
It's a big holiday season for Po, better known as Kung Fu Panda, the superhero-wanna-be panda voiced by Jack Black in the 2008 Dreamworks animated film: Po has his own 3D holiday TV special premiering this year on Nov. 24, the day before Thanksgiving, as well as the debut of his Macy's balloon on Nov. 25, Thanksgiving day.
In addition, both "Kung Fu Panda" and "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" also have movie sequels in the works.
Designed under the direction of Macy's Parade Studio's lead designer and vice president John Piper, and with the high-tech help of aerodynamics and engineering consultants Aerostar, the balloons have made the long journey from pencil sketches to finished products -- but the journey isn't over yet. On Nov. 6, the new balloons were inflated and took a test flight at Macy's Balloonfest for their premiere unveiling.
Don't like spoilers? Watch the parade on Thanksgiving morning to see the balloons make their debut flight, along with veteran balloons Kermit the Frog, Snoopy, Spongebob Squarepants, Buzz Lightyear, Pikachu, Horton, Smurf, Shrek, Hello Kitty and last year's newbies, Sailor Mickey, Ronald McDonald, Spiderman and the Pillsbury Dough Boy.
But the parade isn't all about balloons; this year, there will also be seven new floats. The floats include Dora's Christmas Carol, Mount Rushmore's American Pride, and a Top Hat float. We can't wait to see that last one.
Make Thanksgiving morning fun for your kids with parade watching and a fun game of Turkey Trot!