Disneyland Pays Tribute to Kobe Bryant and Daughter Gianna
Just days after their fatal helicopter crash in California, Disneyland honors basketball great Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna.
Disney’s Fab 5 — Mickey, Minnie, Goofy, Donald, and Pluto — all joined in on a huddle and did Bryant’s iconic jump shot pose together. Fans looked on in amazement and captured the moment on video.
Someone sent me this video of the Fab Five at Disneyland honoring Kobe Bryant by breaking their huddle with the ‘Kobe!’ jump shot gesture. pic.twitter.com/HEFtUQ3NEU
— Tomer Azarly (@TomerAzarly) January 28, 2020
Aside from the characters’ sweet tribute, a Disney fan edited a photo of Space Mountain to seem like it was lit with the Los Angeles Lakers’ signature purple and yellow colors.
kobe bryant x disney tribute 💛💜 pic.twitter.com/6heERwHUKu
— 𝕛𝕠𝕤𝕖𝕡𝕙 📸 (@disneywjoseph) January 27, 2020
To signify his legacy even more, the park also turned off the No. 8 vehicle on Dumbo the Flying Elephant in Fantasyland, which was reportedly one of Bryant’s family’s favorite rides. Cast members at the park reportedly put a cover over the vehicle to honor Kobe and Gianna.
Dumbo Number 8 at Disneyland was down and covered for Kobe and his family. He loved going to Disneyland. pic.twitter.com/8kgQk5BqRb
— ivy marie 🥂🎷🎆 (@ivysaysrawr) January 29, 2020
Disney CEO Bob Iger shared two tweets to honor the fallen legend. “Our company @Disney mourns the tragic loss of @kobebryant… one of the most respected & popular athletes of our time… a friend and a fan of ours, full of life and taken from us too soon,” he wrote in a statement.
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) January 26, 2020
Bryant previously spoke about his love for the park where he stated his favorite ride was.”I enjoy Soarin’ Over California,” Bryant replied.
He added that he recently took his family to Disney’s California Adventure. “You see that big ferris wheel they have? We didn’t realize how big the thing was, so we took our kids on that thing … we thought child services was gonna be waiting for us when we got off!”
Bryant and his wife Vanessa previously celebrated their 20th anniversary at the theme park. Most recently, they attended Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party.
The NBA icon frequently attended Disney events and participated in parades at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in Orlando.
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